The Author

Leland Ryken is emeritus professor of English at Wheaton College, where he is in his 51st year of teaching. He has published more than 50 books, including The Soul in Paraphrase: A Treasury of Classic Devotional Poems and 40 Favorite Hymns on the Christian Life: A Closer Look at Their Spiritual and Poetic Meaninga forthcoming anthology of hymns considered as devotional poems accompanied by analysis.

Can Hymns Be Saved from Extinction?

Approaching hymns as devotional poems is an unfolding journey of discoveries.

Why You Should Read Devotional Poetry in 2019

Poems are not distractions from life, nor accessories to

Read Hymns like Poems—Because They Are

To read hymns as poems is to return to