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John Wesley : a personal portrait
Waller, Ralph.
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New York, NY : Continuum International Pub. Group, [2003]

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x, 147 pages ; 24 cm
Susanna and Samuel -- Epworth and the rectory -- Charterhouse and Christ Church -- Lincoln College and a fellow's life -- Georgia -- Failure and conversion -- Growth and development -- The Moravians and stillness -- Wesley, Whitefield and predestination -- Preaching and the preacher -- Opposition and riots -- The travelling preacher -- Theological and Matrimonial 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.

Author Notes

Ralph Waller, a Methodist minister and a leading authority on the Wesleys and the nineteenth-century Nonconformists, is Principal of Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and until recently was the Chairman of the Oxford University Faculty of Theology. In 1994 Dr Waller won the UK Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. In 1992 and 1997 he was the Select Preacher to Oxford University. He teaches and researches in the areas of Modern Church History and Religious Thought and holds honorary degrees from several European universities

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The main events in John Wesley's lifep. xi
1 Susanna and Samuelp. 1
2 Epworth and the Rectoryp. 7
3 Charterhouse and Christ Churchp. 14
4 Lincoln College and a Fellow's Lifep. 18
5 Georgiap. 31
6 Failure and Conversionp. 45
7 Growth and Developmentp. 51
8 The Moravians and Stillnessp. 56
9 Wesley, Whitefield and Predestinationp. 62
10 Preaching and the Preacherp. 69
11 Opposition and Riotsp. 78
12 The Travelling Preacherp. 86
13 Theological and Matrimonial Strifep. 95
14 Social Concernp. 103
15 Farewellp. 119
Notesp. 129
Indexp. 143