The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts, by Douglas Bond, is well worth reading. It’s not so much a full-fledged biography as it is an argument for why Watts, the pastor, scholar, and hymn writer, is important in the history of the church. His writings, including his hymns, have endured for centuries and show no sign of fading away.
The book is short-about one hundred pages-and highlights events from Watts’ life that illustrate how God shaped and used him in the advancement of His kingdom. Because of this book, I have a renewed appreciation for Watts’ hymns-I’ll never hear one the same again!