Amazing Grace - How Sweet The Sound
I'd Rather Have Jesus... The Wonder of It All... How Great Thou Art... These and many other great songs of faith are synonymous with one singer – George Beverly Shea.
In a new book from Tyndale House (working with Whole World Media Group), Shea shares stories that people have told him throughout the years – dramatic and touching stories of the hymns that have driven them to their knees. Others have expressed how their faith has been renewed or sustained, and many more have shared how the words and melodies of these hymns has been an anchor for them through turbulent times.
The Result: Amazing stories and grace filled reflections on beloved hymns and gospel songs. To accompany this in the USA a 16 track collection has been put together. For the rest of the world we have put together a 30 track double CD.
These are the newest studio recordings by Mr Shea. This rich collection of favourite songs by the world's most beloved Gospel singer is truly a collectors edition. Mr. Shea has sung in front of over 225 million people. At 95 years, Mr Shea he leads an active life, singing with Mr Graham at meetings and maintains a personal concert schedule with no plans for retirement. He prefers to drive himself to venues when possible.
The artwork mirrors the book, which also includes a promotion for the album.
Story Excerpt From The Book:
Berent Frizen, Billy Graham, and Ruth Bell Graham were students together at Wheaton College in the 1940s. Mr. Frizen, called Bert by his friends, was a talented and popular singer on campus, involved with several singing groups. A favorite song of Bert's mother was "Jesus Whispers Peace."
He went on to serve in the military during World War II and was involved in the famous Battle of the Bulge. This battle took place near the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg, and France during December of 1944 and January of 1945. It was the largest land battle in which United States forces participated, involving more than a million soldiers from Germany, Great Britain, and America. We are told that 180,000 were wounded, captured, or lost their lives.
Bert Frizen, wounded during one of the attacks, lay on the battlefield, slipping in and out of consciousness. At one point, with his eyes closed, he started singing his mother's favorite as best he could, "Jesus Whispers Peace." When he opened his eyes, he saw a German soldier standing over him with a drawn bayonet. Bert understood enough German to know that the soldier was saying to him, "Sing it again; sing it again." "Sing es noch einmal; sing es noch einmal."
Bert continued; "There is a Name to me most dear, like sweetest music to my ear/And when my heart is troubled, filled with fear/Jesus whispers peace.", Soon he felt himself being gently lifted up in the arms of the enemy soldier, who carried him to a rock ledge nearby where the American medics found him a short time later, taking him to safety.
Even in life's most difficult situations we must call upon Him to whisper peace to our hearts.