In the Sweet By and By
Flavius B. Hall, Jr.
In the Sweet By and By is the true story of family love told through the voice of Myrtle Holland Hall, the author’s mother. The story is set in the summer of 1936 in and around Swansboro, North Carolina during the Depression. Myrtle, at fourteen, along with other family members took care of her dying sister, Marie Parker, affectionately known as “Sissie”. Marie was a farmer’s wife who became ill from a tooth infection which led to blood poisoning and to her eventual death. Marie and her husband Lee had three young boys, aged two, four, and six, and soon were expecting their fourth child. This story chronicles the events of the week of Marie’s illness, August 8-16 as witnessed by Myrtle. The events including Marie giving birth to a baby before she died and the overwhelming sadness felt by each family member challenged and strengthened the family’s Christian faith. This tragedy changed Myrtle forever as she left behind her childhood and became a woman. The theme of the story, like the words of the Christian hymn “In the Sweet By and By” offers the hope and joy that someday we will meet our loved ones in heaven “and our spirits will sorrow no more on that beautiful shore.”
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Sarah Hambidge, with her beautiful soprano voice, sings three hymns, tracks 1-3 to accompany the book In the Sweet By and By written by her brother, Flavius B. Hall, Jr. A cousin of the author, Margaret Webb embellishes the sound of each of the hymns with her distinct musical style as she plays the piano. Sarah and Margaret combine their talents to create a unique blending of perfect harmony. Margaret’s wondrous piano renditions of her favorite hymns, tracks 4-9 “feels your heart with song.” The book as well as the recording of the hymns grew from a seed of family love that blossoms here for all to enjoy.
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Track 1 – There’s a Land That Is Fairer Than
Day (Sweet By and By)
Track 3 – He Fills My Heart with His Song
Track 4 – When They Ring Those Golden Bells
Track 5 – He Touched Me
Track 6 – Because He Lives
Track 7 – Nearer, My God, to Thee
Track 9 – Cleanse Me
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