This book not only features the story of 175 great hymns, but also the hymn itself including words and music. That in itself is a great treasure! In addition, there are short biographies on select hymn-writers and composers which add to the appreciation of these old songs.
I really enjoyed this book because of the familiarity of those wonderful old hymns. I don't think, though, that most who do not share that background or that currently attend a church that incorporates these songs into their service, would have the same appreciation. But, I could be wrong!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.