The Heart of John Wesley's Journal
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Hendrickson Classic Biographies presents a one-volume abridgement of Wesleys multi-volume journals. The Heart of John Wesleys Journal presents a remarkable life, recorded and examined in real time by Wesley himself.
Spanning some fifty-five years, John Wesleys journals recorded his daily experiences in studying, teaching, preaching, and traveling the throughout England and then America in the eighteenth century. These selections present an engrossing portrait of Wesley during the course of his travels and evangelistic activities, illuminating the preachers views and opinions on a host of contemporary matters. Begun as a public vindication of his early spiritual and pastoral work in Oxford and America, Wesleys journal became a means of keeping far-flung outposts of Methodism in touch with one another, a device for administering encouragement and rebukes, and a textbook of the experiential religion Wesley spent his life proclaiming. Wesleys eclectic interests and passion for rational analysis also make his journal a rich source for any reader interested in observing the conditions and values of societyparticularly those of the lower classesthrough the eyes of a well-educated and intelligent gentleman of the time.
John Wesley (17031791) was an eighteenth century Anglican clergyman and Christian theologian who was the founder of the Methodist movement. Methodism had three rises, the first at Oxford University with the founding of the so-called "Holy Club," the second while Wesley was parish priest in Savannah, Georgia, and the third in London after Wesleys return to England. The movement took form from its third rise in the early 1740s when Wesley, along with others, began itinerant field preaching and the subsequently founded religious societies for the formation of believers. This was the first widely successful evangelical movement in Britain. Wesleys Methodist Connexion included societies throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland before spreading to other parts of the English-speaking world and beyond. He divided his religious societies further into classes and bands for intensive accountability and religious instruction.
Jay SaldanaState College, PAAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5The Heart of John Wesley's JournalMarch 7, 2012Jay SaldanaState College, PAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5John Wesley is a difficult subject in almost any category you can pick to delve in too. Some of his political choices lacked the depth of his spiritual life. But Wesley offers an opportunity for us all to see that the political sphere does not necessarily impact the spiritual sphere. That one can be "holy" and incredibly wrong at the same time. This book offers a gateway into the spiritual life of a good man who loved the Lord and was deeply flawed in ways that did not affect his holiness or the power of his mission, or, to accomplish his mission as he saw it from God. In these difficult times it might be wise for us to remember God chooses the people He does for HIS PLANS not ours, and sometimes the people HE chooses do not fit our point of view. Excellent book that gave me much to think about.
KerygmamanMichiganAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Good DealNovember 12, 2010KerygmamanMichiganAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Has good journal entries. Not as well set up as other sources. But at one third the price, was the right book at the right time.
Jeff Cochran5 Stars Out Of 5January 4, 2009Jeff CochranSuch a delight to read a book that is edifying, and also very interesting and pleasurable.My only complaint is that I am almost at the end of the book, and I can see that it is going to soon come to an end! :(One of the most pleasant and edifying books I have ever read. The book is also an excellent source of information on Great Britain in the 1700's.