Though not intended as a detailed biography or critical examination of Wesley's theology, Waller crafts a highly readable portrait of the major themes and events in Wesley's life and work. Waller moves from Wesley's early family life, to his conversion, theological teaching, preaching tours, romantic encounters, and social concern with literary ease and sparkling narrative. An informative and engaging introduction to the life and thought of Methodism's great founder. 147 pages, softcover.
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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