Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he is the author of dozens of books, including Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now, Journey to the Common Good, and Interrupting Silence.
"If I had the resources, I would give a copy of this book to every preacher in the country as a model for how to unpack the biblical, theological, and homiletical resources in the church's treasury of hymns. When rampant abuses of power may tempt us to the silence of "weak resignation," Brueggemann eloquently shows us why we must keep singing." -Mary Louise Bringle, past president of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada
"Singing has been a part of liberation movements from the Songs of Moses and Miriam in Exodus 15 to the Freedom Songs of oppressed South Africans suffering under apartheid. Singing demands much more commitment than the acquiescence of mere recitation. Singing projects its message into a world that desperately needs to hear it. Singing fosters communal memory, defiance, and celebration that compete with siren songs of dominant cultural norms. We can sing ourselves into what we need to become. This book tells us why congregations must sing for their lives and what they should sing." -C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University