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John Wesley : a personal portrait

by Ralph Waller

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I read parts of this book while waiting for a chest x-ray. In other words i had plenty of time. It is very good and focuses on some key themes in Wesley's life. There is a really good chapter on Wesley's time in Georgia where he started to write hymns and see the importance of them; also in that chapter Wesley's temptation and love for Sophia Hopkey are described. He was human. Another chapter clearly explains the opposition to Wesley and the Methodists which seemed to me more about disturbing the status quo and thew Church of England peace rather than anything too theological. The trials and tribulations of travelling in the 18th century and the phenomenal energy of Wesley are emphasised. ( )
  jon1lambert | May 13, 2017 |
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May 2003 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Wesley. This is a beautifully written biography intended for a general audience. While not at all hagiographical, the book leads one to admire Wesley immensely. He traveled throughout the British Isles more than anyone in history. Reviled early on during his plein air evangelical crusades, he became deeply loved in old age by all sectors of the population. While the book has a slightly British cast to it (which is unavoidable given the extent of Wesley's travels throughout Britain), it gives adequate coverage to his period in the American colonies.

Contents: Susanna and Samuel -- Epworth and the rectory -- Charterhouse andChrist Church -- Lincoln College and a fellow's life -- Georgia -- Failureand conversion -- Growth and development -- The Moravians and stillness --Wesley, Whitefield and predestination -- Preaching and the preacher --Opposition and riots -- The travelling preacher -- Theological andMatrimonial Strife -- Social concern -- Farewell.
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May 2003 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Wesley. This is a beautifully written biography intended for a general audience. While not at all hagiographical, the book leads one to admire Wesley immensely. He traveled throughout the British Isles more than anyone in history. Reviled early on during his plein air evangelical crusades, he became deeply loved in old age by all sectors of the population. While the book has a slightly British cast to it (which is unavoidable given the extent of Wesley's travels throughout Britain), it gives adequate coverage to his period in the American colonies.

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