A House of Praise brings together the collected hymn texts of Timothy Dudley-Smith, one of the most respected and widely published contemporary English hymnwriters. This volume of 285 hymns, including 50 new texts, is arranged thematically. It includes informative notes on all the hymns listing themes, suggested tunes, and details of interest, with an extensive series of indexes.
Educated at Cambridge University, Timothy Dudley-Smith was ordained in 1950 as assistant curate of St Paulas Church, Northumberland Heath. From 1953 he was head of the Cambridge University Mission in Bermondsey, London, and in the 1960s served as secretary of the Church Pastoral Aid Society. In 1973 he became Archdeacon of Norwich and in 1981 Bishop of Thetford; he retired in 1991. He is a Fellow of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and in 2003 was appointed an honorary vice-president of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. In the same year he was awarded an OBE for services to hymnody.