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224 pages
Oct 2004
Warner Faith

He Started the Whole World Singing: A Treasury of Gaither Christmas Songs, Reflections, and Holiday Traditions

by Gloria Gaither

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Pull up a comfy chair, a warm blanket and curl up with this little treasure, He Started The Whole World Singing. You can almost smell the aroma of the cinnamon in the “Gaither Welcome Wassail,” and the freshly baked “Pecan Puffs” as Gloria Gaither warmly invites you to be part of a Gaither family Christmas. Pop in the CD that is included with this book and you’ll be treated to newly recorded Gaither Christmas favorites—inspired lyrics with singable melodies and close, rich Gospel harmonies that have made the Gaither name synonymous with contemporary Christian music.

Journey through this Christmas treasury and you’ll hear Gloria tell the stories behind the songs. From their visit to a spectacular Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall, to the precious moments spent with family and friends, Gloria knows how to tell a story. It is no wonder that Gloria and Bill Gaither have written some of the most beloved Christian songs of our time. As Gloria shares recipes and family traditions, she also confides a few of her writing secrets. While some of her reflections, such as “Gifts I Would Give Our Children,” bring quiet introspection and a few tears, others are so intensely personal that you may even smell the chestnuts roasting and taste Grandma’s peanut brittle.

Whether it’s Christmas on the calendar or just Christmas in your heart, this book could be enjoyed any time of year. Served plain or with a steamy cup of your favorite cocoa, it will warm, nourish, and satisfy both heart and soul. -- Susan Hammond, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

"What better way to capture the spirit of this glorious season than this offering of a Gaither family Christmas? Gloria Gaither's Christmas lyrics quickly become everybody's favorite songs of the season. Here Gloria explores the meaning behind the lyrics and the stories of how they came to be written.

"And for a real treat, Gloria shares eighteen of her favorite seasonal recipes sure to make your mouth water. In this ideal Christmas celebration, you can almost hear the fire crackling, smell the turkey and cinnamon buns baking-and, just maybe, notice the swish of angel wings.

"This book, written by my dear friend Gloria Gaither, one of the great lyric writers of contemporary life, will warm your hearts with her stories of the incarnation." -Charles W. Colson, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Washington, DC