Healing the Nations. Fred Kaan. The Man and his Hymns
Gillian R. Warson
No contemporary hymnwriter has participated as centrally as Fred Kaan in the events shaping the life of the Christian churches in the past four decades. From childhood under anti-Nazi occupation in Holland to poet of the Christian anti-war movement, from British Congregationalist pastor writing hymns to send his Sunday parish into their worldly life, to Geneva-based ecumenical officer helping Asian Christians create an English version for their indigenous new songs of faith, to lyricist for the Hannover 2000 World’s Fair. We must all be grateful to author Gillian R. Warson, who has taken up this fascinating story, and given us a book that is a must-read for all of us who care about Christian life and witness in our global, inter-faith world.
[R . Gerald Hobbs. Professor of Church History & Music, Vancouver School of Theology]