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John Wesley forged his ministry in the midst of mobs, riots, and angry diatribes, yet this fearless evangelist found a way to reach the very enemies in need of transformation with a heart of peace and compassion. This complex personality led one of the most significant renewal movements of the English-speaking world--a movement that transformed the spirituality, morality and work of the church for the next three centuries. We have a great deal to learn from his life and teaching. Read on and discover the heart of John Wesley.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1634090209
ISBN-13: 9781634090209

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How can Christians today reach a world that is becoming increasingly intolerant to the teachings of the church? John Wesley entered the scene of 18th century England with greater hostility than exists today in the West. His life and teaching offer the 21st century church a way forward. John Wesley forged his ministry in the midst of mobs, riots, and angry diatribes, yet this fearless evangelist found a way to reach the very enemies in need of transformation. This complex personality drove one of the most significant renewal movements of the English-speaking world--a movement that transformed the spirituality, morality, and work of the church for the next three centuries.

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Jake Hanson is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A.) and Beeson Divinity School (MDiv). A preacher, teacher, and retreat speaker, Jake also operates a web site (TheDecidedLife.com) devoted to biography, Bible study, and theology. He is the author of Igniting the Fire: The Movements and Mentors Who Shaped Billy Graham. He lives near Birmingham, Alabama.
 

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Informative biography about John Wesley
    August 29, 2016
    Cindy J
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Crossing the Divide by Jake Hanson is a biographical account of John Wesleys life and ministry. It opens with John at the age of five and ends with his death at age 87. It includes information about his family, his ministry, and his personal life. It reveals contentions he faced from friends, former associates, and his own family members. The growth of his ministry as well as opposition he faced is also presented.

    The book was very informative. It was very obvious the author had researched his subject well. I had a bit of trouble following the first portion I read, but that may have been because I had several interruptions at the beginning. The remaining portion was much easier for me to follow. The book is mostly chronological although there was occasionally some backtracking. I liked the fact that not only were Wesleys strengths noted, but his weaknesses were also included. In my opinion, this book could easily be read by young teens to adults, depending on their interest level. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about John Wesley.

    I received a copy of this book through Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting and relevant for today
    May 18, 2016
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    Crossing the Divide is a well-written biography of world-famous evangelist, John Wesley. Sometimes biographies and reference books can be a little dry, uninteresting, or hard to follow but that is not the case here. Jake Hanson is knowledgeable and communicates that knowledge in a style that is interesting and flows easily.

    Hanson makes this biography even richer by the inclusion of Wesleys own words from journals and correspondence. Little-known details to me, at least are accounts of events like Wesleys miraculous deliverance from a house fire as a child and his failed missionary work in America. Church history fans will enjoy reading of his relationships with fellow theologians of that time George Whitefield, Charles Wesley, Peter Bohler, and Jonathan Edwards, for example.

    The faith I want is, a sure trust and confidence in God, that through the merits of Christ my sins are forgiven, and I reconciled to the favour of God.

    - John Wesley

    I especially enjoyed Wesleys slow, steady journey from the idea that people are justified by works, to a doctrine of salvation by faith alone. Opposition and hostility were no strangers to Wesley, and his life has much relevance for us today.

    Crossing the Divide is an interesting of John Wesleys life and ministry and also an excellent reference tool for students of church history.

    Recommended.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Crossing the Divide: Fascinating and a good read!
    May 16, 2016
    Laura Shuck
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love history but sometimes reading books like these can become encumbersome and dry to read; but not Crossing the Divide!

    Written in a conversational style, this book about John Wesley is easy to read with an ability to capture one's interest and keep it. With the flow of a work of fiction but written with the accurate historical facts, this book provides that picture of mind that provides clarity and understanding of not only the person at hand, but also the context within in which the person conducts day-to-day living. Jake Hanson has done well, very well.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Ministering for God in times of great opposition
    May 14, 2016
    D. Chatley
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
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    I found Crossing the Great Divide a detailed and enlightening rendering of John Wesleys life. This book is very timely to the current trends in society today, in that John Wesley faced extreme persecution and was in fact banned from the instituted church on many occasions. In fact, it seems as if controversy followed John wherever he went. John Wesley very often used controversies and trials as opportunities for ministry. The author lays out the historical facts of John Wesleys life in a precise logical manner that enables the reader to understand the influences and experiences that made John Wesley the man he became. In this book, the reader learns about Johns childhood and how a traumatic experience during his childhood set the stage for his future role of evangelist. Then picking up from this event in his childhood, the author walks the reader through a detailed review of John Wesleys life, focusing on his search for answers about God and the walk of faith. The book talks about 3 pillars of tradition, his study of the scriptures, and his experiences as the key things God used to overcome his defenses and reach his heart. The reader learns how God took a prideful John Wesley, and broke him through some life challenges during his time in the United States, to make him a humble servant who sought earnestly for holiness. John Wesleys search for holiness caused him to question his faith, which eventually led to him finding true faith in God, and then then spent the rest of his life desiring that same freedom for others. In this book, the reader follows Wesleys life as he spends 5 decades seeking a radical transformation for others.

    So how is this review of John Wesleys life relevant to us today? The key point of this historical review is the fact that while John Wesley faced intense persecution and opposition, he got innovative in his approach to reach others for Christ when the traditional roles of ministry closed its doors to him. While John Wesley was initially disappointed by the closed doors he faced, he found his greatest opportunity in the open fields (literally). During his lifetime, the author highlights how Wesley was able to joust with opponents both small and great. So this book can teach us today to get innovative and find non-traditional ways to share the gospel to the outcasts of society. To quote from the book on page 159, Wesley led the Methodist movement as an outcast of men to outcasts of society. Wesley has a passion for the poor and the outcast. He spent 50 years reaching out to the poor and needy and setting up ways to help them.

    With that being said, I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand the facts behind the man John Wesley or to anyone seeking to reach out despite opposition which should be all of us. In the Great Commission, Jesus told us to go and teach all nations but how do we do this in todays society where the things of God are being pushed to the back, and in fact downright frowned upon. Well if we are to learn anything from John Wesleys life it is that we may need to turn away from traditional methods of ministry to non-traditional innovative approach.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring !
    May 14, 2016
    j mcnutt
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I knew very little about John Wesley,before I read this very inspiring book.

    John Wesley was an eighteenth-century English evangelist, who personally struggled through his own beliefs and battles about the churches teachings on doctrine, what faith is to a believer, and living a God centered life.

    He was ridiculed by fellow evangelists, teachers, friends, bishops,and at odds with his father.

    He faced death threats from angry mobs, and was hated by his wife, all who strongly opposed his views and beliefs about salvation by faith, and not good works, that sin is forgiven through Christ and faith is personal to ones self.

    It took years for the message of salvation by faith to be accepted, and it took a life long journey of soul searching and discovery to achieve what he believed he had to accomplish.

    This book touched me deeply, because I have seldom thought about the perseverance, sacrifice and suffering of so many who give and have given their lives to serving so faithfully to present the Gospel.

    John Wesley believed in treating body, spirit and soul, and he can be credited with doing his best to achieve that.

    He is an excellent example of living out his faith, one we could emulate in some fashion on our own journey.

    I highly recommend this deeply emotional and encouraging story of one man's faith and how it changed the church and eventually the world.

    I am deeply grateful to Barbour Publishing for giving me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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