In 1989, the first complete, restored text of revivalist Charles Finneys memoirs was published by Zondervan. Until then, all editions had reflected editorial liberties introduced in the first 19th-century publication, edited after Finneys death. The restored textthe culmination of over ten years of research by editors Garth Rosell and Richard Dupuisbrought to light Finneys entire memoirs in their original language. Longstanding omissions and inaccuracies were corrected. Comprehensive annotations supplied detailed, phrase-by-phrase and even word-by-word explanations. The 1989 edition was a scholars and historians delight. However, the average reader who simply wants to read what Finney wrote doesnt need the scholarly minutiae. This new edition provides the complete, restored text of Finneys memoirs with no unnecessary details to obstruct a straightforward read. In bold, untouched language, Finneys thoughts march across the page with fascinating clarity and cohesiveness. For students of revival or anyone interested in the life of one of Americas foremost evangelists, here in his own words is Charles Finney: his life, his thoughts, his struggles and accomplishments, and his abiding love for God and enduring commitment to the gospel of Christ.
Garth M. Rosell (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is professor of church history, chair of the Division of Christian Thought and director of the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
Richard A. G. Dupuis (M.A., Cambridge University) wasa psychotherapist in Farnham, Surrey, England. His research over four decades made him an expert on Finney and the early history of Oberlin College.