The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts

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The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts


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Isaac Watts is known to history as the father of English hymnody. He wrote some 750 hymns, including beloved classics like “Joy to the World” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” Today, however, Watts’ work is increasingly forgotten as many churches follow the latest innovations in worship to the neglect of the great hymns of the faith.

In The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts, Douglas Bond argues that the grandeur, beauty, and joy of Watts’ lyrics, with their rich biblical and theological content, can help the church regain a sense of wonder at the majesty of God, leading to a reform of worship. This book demonstrates how Watts used his poetic gifts in multiple ways for the good of the church in his day.

In an age of simplistic and repetitive worship songs, the church must not forget Isaac Watts. By taking his words as our own, Christians today can share in his wonder at Christ and the glories of the world to come, learning how to better praise God.

This book is part of the Long Line of Godly Men Profile Series, edited by Dr. Steven Lawson.

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