By Request, ‘In the Presence of Jehovah’

Requested by Erlene: In the Presence of Jehovah, by Daywind.

The hymn shop is open to all, and today’s a new day.

By Request, ‘I Surrender All’

We have a hymn request from Erlene–I Surrender All, by Carroll Roberson.

(It’s hot, hot, hot here today! Makes the bright flowers in this video all the more appealing.)

By Request, ‘Worthy Is the Lamb’

This song is taken from Revelation, Chapter 5.

Requested by SlimJim, sung by Michael W. Smith–Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God”).

We’re open to hymn requests all day, everybody. If you have a hymn you’d like to share, just let us know.

My ‘Bell Mountain’ Dream (For Kathleen)

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A reader in Brazil, Kathleen, has asked me for this. She wants to make a Bell Mountain video for her YouTube channel. She’s interested in the fact that the book was inspired by a dream I had one night.

I dreamed of a boy standing alone on a grassy riverbank, a shallow stream of cold water flowing over a bed of smooth stones. In the distance towered mountains, the tallest of which, Bell Mountain, was cloaked in clouds around the summit. No one had ever seen the summit.

And suddenly that mountain began to “sing” to him. This terrified him and froze him to the spot; but it was also exhilarating. He’d never heard anything like it before. He could have listened for hours, but then he woke up.

To read it as I wound up writing it, here”s a link ( Just scroll down to the sample chapter.

It was a very vivid dream, in technicolor, and I never forgot it. That was a good thing, because shortly afterward someone at the Chalcedon Foundation wondered how we’d do if we published a novel–and I was ready to write it!

I also dreamed the climax of my third book in the series, The Thunder King, and the opening chapter of the seventh, The Glass Bridge. I have always dreamed vivid, unusual dreams, all my life; and they’ve played a major role in my writing.

I look forward to seeing Kathleen’s video, and hope I can post it here for all of you.

By Request, ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus–this hymn gives good advice! Sometimes, covering the nooze, you get distracted and browbeaten into thinking that’s all there is.

Requested by Erlene, sung by Alan Jackson: consider it a time-out for spiritual health. For these are truly times that try our souls.

By Request, ‘All Creatures of Our God and King’

There’s a tradition that St. Francis of Assisi wrote the lyrics to this hymn.

Requested by Thewhiterabbit, sung by the Altar of Praise Chorale, All Creatures of Our God and King. Background sets by God the Father, the work of His hands.

By Request, ‘Blessed Assurance’

I don’t want anybody thinking I’m going to turn into a DJ or anything like that; but I do mean to keep on posting hymns as requested.

Erlene got fed up with the nooze and asked me to post this instead–a classic hymn by Fanny Crosby, Blessed Assurance, sung by the Harpeth Gospel Quartet.

By Request, ‘Be Thou My Vision’ (In Irish)

I promised Ina that I’d post this hymn for her–the ancient Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision, here sung in Irish Gaelic by Talyn Prescott–so here it is.

First sung in the 8th century, I daresay this hymn is still sung every day throughout the earth.

By Request, ‘Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen’

I’d never heard this beautiful hymn before today. Requested by Thewhiterabbit, Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen, sung by Sarah and Michael Krey at Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville, Maryland.

And that opens the hymn shop for the day.

By Request, ‘Be Thou My Vision’… in Gaelic

This ancient Irish hymn has been loved the world over for 15 hundred years. Requested by Ina, here is Be Thou My Vision in Scottish Gaelic. I’m sure I could also find it in the original Irish, but I do try to give readers what they ask for.