This collection of Christian poetry in English is compiled from a wide range of poets spanning twelve centuries. They reflect ancient, medieval, Reformation, and modern church sources as well as Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Protestant and Anglican poets from mainline and evangelical traditions. Because poetry is a highly expressive vehicle of praise and exhortation, meditation and understanding, this collection includes every form and style of reflection and psalm, ranging from private, personal devotion to hymns and epic forms with godly themes.
Christian poetry in English is a deep and broad stream of praise. While that stream may have been narrowed or polluted by sectarian motives at times, this channel of praise has never failed to convey the faith of an unbroken succession of believers who used poetry to articulate their praises to God. Thus A Sacrifice of Praise is ultimately a hymnbook for all God's people.