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Hymns to the Living God is now available!

After two years of work, I am very pleased to announce that our new hymnal, Hymns to the Living God, is now available for purchase!

The hymnal contains 294 hymn texts with 252 tunes and 56 readings.

Currently the hymnal is available in three glossy case laminate hard cover options: burgundy, gray, and navy. A cloth cover option will be available soon.

Individual copies of the hymnal may be purchased on for $15.99 each. Significant discounts for bulk orders are available.

You can find more information about the hymnal, download a free PDF of the entire hymnal, or find out how to order at the official hymnal page.

Special thanks to all who contributed to this project: those who donated money, our editorial board, typesetters, and proofreaders.

I would like to thank especially Ryan Martin, without whose many hours of work this project would have never been finished!

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

7 Responses to Hymns to the Living God is now available!

  1. Right now the only other option we have planned is a navy cloth hardcover with the title stamped with gold foil on the spine. Others may be planned for the future (and requests welcome).

  2. What is the best way to discuss details with you? I’m working on a review of it for my blog, and want to know e.g. why the online PDFs don’t seem to include a few items (so far I’ve been unable to find “Come, Thou Almighty King” and “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty” in the list of PDF links) and why the database shows two items (one of them “Come Thou Fount”!) as being in Latin. I am not conservative in most of my theology, ecclesiology, or soteriology, and I am inclined to the eclectic, so there are many things that I would include in a 350-item hymnal that are not there, but there are remarkably few that I would omit from a 1000-item all-English hymnal if I could be induced to compile one. So given the limitations of size and bias, I give your effort a bit of a thumbs up.

  3. Hi, Leland. Thanks for your comment, and thanks for working on a review!

    As to the first of your questions, missing PDFs are simply oversights. If you see any missing, please let me know, and I will resolve it. For a few of the copyrighted hymns, we did not receive permission to post online, but most everything else should be there. I notice two Christmas hymns missing yesterday myself.

    As to the latter question, those must be mistakes as well. I would let hymnary know, as they indexed the hymnal.


  4. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I’m a editor myself, so if I see errors like that (“Latin”) I’ll just correct them on the spot. And I’ll let you know if I see more lacunae in the PDF links. Is this the best place to notify you, or should I use one of your emails? (And if so, which?)

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