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Recapturing the Wesleys' Vision: An Introduction to the Faith of John and Charles WesleyRecapturing the Wesleys' Vision: An Introduction to the Faith of John and Charles Wesley
Paul Wesley Chilcote
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From horseback, pulpit, and choir loft, the Wesleys helped transform the Christian church of their day---and since. Now explore the message that sparked the Methodist revolution. Skillfully gleaning from John's voluminous writings and Charles's timeless hymns, Chilcote introduces their innovative synthesis of faith and works; Word and Spirit; individual and community; head and heart. 132 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
     

 
Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles WesleyAssist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley
John R. Tyson
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Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was the cofounder of Methodism and the author of more than 9,000 hymns and sacred poems, including such favorites as "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing," "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing," and "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today." John Tyson here traces the remarkable life of this influential man from cradle to grave, using rare---including previously unpublished---hymns, letters, and journal materials.

As the younger brother of John Wesley, Charles was a vital partner in the Methodist revival. While often standing in the shadow of his more famous brother, Charles Wesley was arguably the founder of the Oxford Holy Club, and he actually experienced evangelical conversion three days prior to John. In Assist Me to Proclaim Tyson explores, among other things, behind-the-scenes questions about the brothers' sometimes-stormy relationship.

Notwithstanding all his accomplishments as an evangelist and itinerant preacher, Charles is chiefly remembered for his startling facility at writing hymns that show God at work in almost every instance of life. His remarkable legacy endures around the world, as hundreds of Charles Wesley hymns are still sung in churches everywhere today.

Assist Me to Proclaim draws a picture of a man whose fidelity to both the Church of England and the original vision of Methodism energized his remarkable abilities as a revivalist and hymn writer. Readers also get a glimpse into Wesley's heart and mind through the window of his hymn texts. This is a biography that any student of church history or hymnody will welcome.

John R. Tyson is professor of theology at Houghton College, Houghton, New York. He is the author of several books, including Invitation to Christian Spirituality, Charles Wesley: A Reader and In the Midst of Early Methodism, a "Saddlebag Selection" award winner.
     


 

 
Susanna Wesley: Servant of GodSusanna Wesley: Servant of God
Sandy Dengler
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The story of Susanna Wesley, mother of Charles and John Wesley, founders of the Methodist Church. A bright, beautiful woman whose life was turbulent but whose faith never wavered.
     

 
Wesley and Men Who FollowedWesley and Men Who Followed
Iain H. Murray
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Murray presents a thrilling biography of John Wesley, chronicling Wesley's life and thought as well as detailing the story of those who carried on his legacy. Although Wesley never found a dynamic leader to guide the movement after his death, Murray traces the later Methodist history, following such leaders as William Bramwell, Gideon Ouseley, and Thomas Collins. The study concludes with studies into Wesley's understanding of justification and Christian perfection, and Methodism's understanding of the Holy Spirit and Scripture. A fascinating study combining both history and biography.
     

 
Reasonable Enthusiast: John Wesley and the Rise of MethodismReasonable Enthusiast: John Wesley and the Rise of Methodism
Henry D. Rack

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This towering biography of Wesley remains the definitive work on the founder of Methodism. Its enduring strength is to set Wesley and his movement against the background of his time, so that we can see the political, social and religious influences on growing Methodism. Full attention is paid to contemporary figures: not only Charles Wesley and George Whitefield but also the Moravians and others whose movements influenced Methodism, both positively and negatively. John Wesley himself emerges as a truly human figure, with many weaknesses, not the least where women were concerned; and we are left to wonder that his work created a movement which has lasted for more than 250 years.

This new and updated revision of the classic work incorporates several important new features. The introduction has been expanded and revised by the author to take account of new developments in the field, while the original bibliography and supplement of the second edition likewise have been substantially revised and updated. A new Preface is included, while in the main text of the book it is indicated where new work has filled the gaps in the original coverage. These improvements and adjustments mean that Rack's major achievement will now have a fresh lease of life and find an audience among all those who are keen to be acquainted with Wesley "warts and all," without the trammels of hagiography. Here indeed they are given Wesley the man, as alive and tangible as though he were standing before us today.

"Clearly the finest biography of the founder of Methodism written by an English scholar in the twentieth century. It is an indispensable and unavoidable summary of two generations of scholarship,"---The Methodist Recorder (U.K.)
     


 
John & Charles Wesley: Selected Prayers, Hymns, Journal Notes, Sermons, Letters and Treatises (Classics of Western Spirituality)John & Charles Wesley: Selected Prayers, Hymns, Journal Notes, Sermons, Letters and Treatises (Classics of Western Spirituality)
John Wesley, Charles Wesley
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John and Charles Wesley were the leaders of the Methodist revival that swept early eighteenth century England and resulted in the founding of what was destined to become a major force in the history of Christanity. In this volume, the works of the two men who shared a spiritual as well as a natural brotherhood are considered. From John's early period are taken his Forms of Prayer, Scheme of Self-Examination, and translations of German hymns. His mature spirituality is revealed in selections from his Journal, Rules for Methodist Societies, the Plain Account of Genuine Christianity, the Covenant Service of 1780, selected letters, and the classic treatment of the fundamental theme of his life, A Plain Account of Christian Perfection. Together with a selection of Charles's hymns, these works reveal a spirituality that synthesied into a unique "Wesleyan" blend elements from the Church Father, CAtholic mystics, and Protestant Reformers. In so doing, explains Frank Whaling in his introduction to this book, the Wesleys have given us a vision of God that is a gift "so far mainly appropriated by the people called Methodists, but available in essence to all..."
     

 
United Methodism in America: A Compact HistoryUnited Methodism in America: A Compact History
Charles Yrigoyen
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This convenient volume offers a panoramic view of the forces and personalities that shaped The United Methodist Church in the United States. Three noted United Methodist historians provide laypersons with a brief history of the UMC. They skillfully trace the church's origins, beginning with a look at the renewal movements that led to the early denominations within Wesleyanism. They continue through the Second Great Awakening, the periods of slavery and the Civil War, the mergers and unions of the twentieth century, the causes championed by United Methodism, and more.
     

 

 
Rethinking Wesley's Theology for Contemporary MethodismRethinking Wesley's Theology for Contemporary Methodism
Randy L. Maddox

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One of the most surprising developments in contemporary Methodist theology is the degree to which leading Methodist and Wesleyan systematic theologians are reengaging John Wesley, finding his works instructive, provacative, and stimulating for their own theological reflection. Such a broad and purposeful dialogue with Wesley by theologians of the Wesleyan heritage is unprecedented in this century, and much rarer in the previous century than is popularly believed. This volume presents a set of original essays that represent and embody this new engagement, allowing the reader to see how several prominent theologians are self-consciously reexamining and reappropriating their theological tradition. Kingswood Books, 256 pages. Paperback.
     

 

 

 

 
Breaking Barriers: An African-American Family & the Methodist StoryBreaking Barriers: An African-American Family & the Methodist Story
Angella P. Current

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This is the life story of Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly, the first African American woman elected bishop in a mainline denomination. Told by her daughter, the story also recounts the history of a black family and its longtime passion for and involvement with the church. Like an intricately woven tapestry Breaking Barriers illustrates how historical church, societal and world events and milestones shaped and influenced the lives of countless individuals, families, and communities.
     

 
The Methodist Experience in America - Volume IIThe Methodist Experience in America - Volume II
Russell E. Richey, Kenneth E. Rowe, Jean Miller Schmidt

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This volume, part of a two-volume set, contains documents from between the 1760 and 1998 pertaining to movements constitutive of American United Methodism. The editors identify more than two hundred documents by date, primary agent, and central theme or important action. The documents are organized on a strictly chronological basis, by the date of the significant action in the excerpt. Charts, graphs, timelines, and graphics are also included. This sourcebook has been constructed to be used witht he narrative volume. There the interpretation of individual documents, discussions of context, details about events and individuals, and treatment of the large developments can be found. This book focuses on United Methodism and its predecessor movements, with primary attention to its United States expression. Some of American Methodism's global interest are represented by letters, reports, or journal excerpts, but only those original aimed at a North American reader. Developments that resulted in the formation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church or the Wesleyan Methodists or the Free Methodists are followed only to the poinht of the fracturing of the denomination. The documents do attend the various parties and groups within American United Methodism--particularly the ethnic groups and caucuses through which much of the vitality of contemporary United Methodism comes to expression--while aware that the entire United Methodist experience or the wider Methodist family is not entirely represented here.
     

 
The Leading Women: Stories of the First Women Bishops  of United MethodismThe Leading Women: Stories of the First Women Bishops of United Methodism

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Bishop Judith Craig interviews all of the living United Methodist women bishops and weaves their reflections together to tell the Church, especially young women and those interested in ministry, the stories of these pioneers at the episcopal level. Each bishop has been asked to reflect on her early life, her education, her call to ministry, how she emerged as a leader, and what she identifies in looking back that helped shape how she carries out her role today.
     

 

 
Methodism's Racial DelemmaMethodism's Racial Delemma
James S. Thomas

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This book is the story of the Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church, the jurisdication that was created for African American members of the three bodies uniting in 1939. James S. Thomas sketches the history of American Methodism from its earliest beginnings through the years of tumult around the issue of slavery and on into the twentieth century. But hte bulk of the book is that story that could best be told only by an insider, in this case, by the one who served as chairperson of the Central Jurisdication Study and Research Committee, popularly known as the Committee of Five, which forumalted the plan for themerger of the Central Jurisdiction's annual conferences into the regional jurisdictions.
Officially, the story of the Central Jurisdiction begain in 1939. But the attitudes and social practices that prompted its creation go much further back into history. As those attitudes evolved--by a combination of legislated change within the wider society and the opening of the minds of many people--the ever-present dilemna of the Central Jurisdiction was resolved. Its demise, says Bishop Thomas, enables The United Methodist Church more faithfully to seek the goal of one Shepherd, one fold.
     

 
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