Songs My Grandma Sang

Michael B. Curry

Jun/2015, 144 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819229939



• Author of the popular Crazy Christians

• Well-known bishop, preacher, and teacher

In a conversation about his teaching and preaching style, Michael Curry notes with a laugh that hymns and songs of faith were always a part of the mix. “I learned what I believed in the songs I heard my family—especially my grandmother—sing. We sang our faith every day.”

Out of that strong foundation, Bishop Curry shares the music of his childhood—the songs that have grown with him to shape an adult and vibrant faith.

For people of faith across the Episcopal Church, plus Christians who find themselves and their faith shaped by what they sing.

Read the first chapter here

Michael B. Curry, serves the Episcopal Church as its 27th Presiding Bishop. He was the Bishop of North Carolina from 2000 to 2015. He has had a national preaching and teaching ministry, has been featured on The Protestant Hour and Day 1, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He received honorary degrees from Sewanee and Yale.

"It’s hard to read this book without wanting to sing. Michael Curry opens up the hymns that carried his own ancestors, and our ancestors in the faith, to reveal the wonders of God’s love anew. His soul is a witness for the Lord.”
—Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread  

“Michael Curry tells the song-stories of the greatest generation through the treasury of spirituals and hymns his grandmother sang. She, simultaneously the granddaughter of slaves and grandmother of a college-educated generation with the right to vote enforced, bore in her body, memory, and songs a connection between the faithfulness of God in the past and promise of God in the future. Curry reminds the reader that this vibrant faith is our shared Christian heritage. In so doing, he demonstrates that Episcopal Christianity is at its heart a world-changing song passed from one generation to the next.​”
—The Rev. Wil Gafney, PhD
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Brite Divinity School

Songs My Grandma Sang is an invitation, maybe an Altar Call, to be bold witnesses to God’s transforming love and grace, by remembering songs of our faith; how they ground us and help us to learn what it takes to be proclaimers of the Good News: perseverance, motivation, hope, courage. Bishop Curry’s own story tells of the power of song to tap into and explore God’s dream. It is a compelling call to be our most authentic selves; to embrace God’s lively, troubling of the waters in our thirsty souls; to expect liberation; and, watch out! . . . to welcome the transformation that follows.”
—Dent Davidson,
Associate for Arts & Liturgy, Diocese of Chicago and Music Chaplain to the House of Bishops

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