My strong associations with hymnals began when I was a child. I was weaned on the one I still think of as the best, and raised further with a couple more good ones. Once in a while, I still examine hymnals, although they are decreasingly available as most churches gravitate to screens (and typically more shallow lyrical content).
One hymnal I checked out recently had a vaguely familiar cover, but I didn’t recall ever having cracked said cover. On doing so, I found it to be uniquely, clearly well-organized, and topically balanced. There are four super-categories, starting with God’s love for us (316 titles) and then our responsiveness to him (three subsections, 383 more titles).
If you have any thoughts or responses, I’d appreciate hearing them.