Books

Southern Gospel Journal: An Anthology

Daniel J. Mount (2016)

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Ten years ago, while Daniel was listening to the live radio broadcast of the 2006 National Quartet Convention, he thought: If he started writing about Southern Gospel, would anyone care?

He decided the only way to find out was to try. So he launched Southern Gospel Journal the following Monday.

Over time, the site grew to over 3,000 unique visitors per day. In 2013, its final full year of operation, it had over a million cumulative daily visitors. He decided to retire the site in 2014.

This book highlights fifty of his best posts in anthology form.

A news website is inherently ephemeral. Its posts rarely have lasting value. These are the few exceptions.

The search to pick the fifty best was surprisingly riveting. The posts he selected are the ones that made him laugh and made him cry.

Perhaps they will do the same for you.

Dianne Wilkinson: The Life and Times of a Gospel Songwriter

Dianne Wilkinson with Daniel J. Mount (2012)

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Dianne Wilkinson: The Life and Times of a Gospel Songwriter chronicles Dianne Wilkinson’s life story and gives the stories behind over 150 of her best-known songs.

In 1974, Wilkinson—already a church pianist and Sunday School teacher—realized that she was still unsaved. Her salvation prompted a period of serious doctrinal and theological study which provided a foundation for her songwriting career.

She began writing songs when touring with her family group in the 1970s. Her career took off in the 1980s, in parallel with the group with whom she became closely associated, the Cathedral Quartet. Songs she wrote for them include “Boundless Love,” “Homeland,” “Jesus Has Risen,” and lead singer Glen Payne’s signature song, “We Shall See Jesus.”

She has become Southern Gospel’s most recognized non-performing songwriter. Virtually every major Southern Gospel artist has recorded her songs. Around fifty of her songs have been charting singles on the industry-standard Singing News monthly radio charts; seven have reached #1. Her songs have also received multiple Dove Awards® nominations, over a dozen Singing News Fan Awards nominations, and multiple Singing News Fan Awards for Song of the Year.

The Faith of America’s Presidents

Daniel J. Mount (2007)

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Though every president of the United Stated has thought of himself as a Christian, some have denied various doctrines of orthodox Christianity. Daniel Mount carefully examines each president’s religious beliefs and compares those beliefs to the doctrines of biblical Christianity. He discusses their conversion experiences (when applicable), examines how their religious beliefs affected their presidencies, scrutinized their beliefs pertaining to God’s role in American history, and looks into important historical controversies.

The Faith of America’s Presidents contains both new and long-forgotten facts about, and statements made by many of our American Presidents. Recently discovered (or rediscovered) information leads to new or modified conclusions about the religious beliefs of Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, James Buchanan, and Richard Nixon.

The author uses original sources-letters and firsthand recollections-to offer one of the most comprehensive portrayals of the topic ever written.