The Life of John Wesley: A Brand from the Burning

The Life of John Wesley A Brand from the Burning The Life of John Wesley portrays the founder of Methodism against a vividly rendered backdrop of the religious social and political landscape of eighteenth century England Through the power of his p

  • Title: The Life of John Wesley: A Brand from the Burning
  • Author: Roy Hattersley
  • ISBN: 9780385503341
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Life of John Wesley portrays the founder of Methodism against a vividly rendered backdrop of the religious, social, and political landscape of eighteenth century England Through the power of his personality and the strength of his faith, Wesley became the leader of the English religious revival that arose in opposition to the established Anglican Church, and his theolThe Life of John Wesley portrays the founder of Methodism against a vividly rendered backdrop of the religious, social, and political landscape of eighteenth century England Through the power of his personality and the strength of his faith, Wesley became the leader of the English religious revival that arose in opposition to the established Anglican Church, and his theology continues to have an impact on religions worldwide.Roy Hattersley follows Wesley s spiritual journey, tracing his constant, often agonizing attempts to define the nature of virtue as well as the path to sanctity The story of Wesley s theological progress is vastly enriched by Hattersley s revealing portrait of Wesley s complex personality A genuine scholar, Wesley published work than any other author of the eighteenth century He possessed phenomenal energy, traveling huge distances to preach and proselytize Wesley practiced, as Hattersley writes, every form of personal discipline diet, exercise, carefully planned day except emotional restraint This candid account of Wesley s relationship with women falling desperately in love three times in his life, each time failing to make his intentions clear, and eventually ending up in a disastrous marriage brilliantly brings to life Wesley s human side, largely ignored in previous reverential biographies A wonderful synthesis of personal, social, and spiritual biography, The Life of John Wesley sheds new light on the variety of things that motivated one of the most interesting and significant figures in religious history.

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      Roy Sydney George Hattersley, British Politian and author.

    211 thoughts on “The Life of John Wesley: A Brand from the Burning”

    1. Y'all. Oh, y'all. If your eyes glaze over at the mere mention of words like antinomianism, then this isn't the book for you. While the book does trace the life of John Wesley, it also goes in depth into the history of Methodism which kinda makes sense because Wesley and Methodism are so completely intertwined.I asked the lady at Epworth about this book, and she hesitated. I think she thought I was looking for a "Wesley is the bestest!" sort of autobiography, but I wanted something down the middl [...]


    2. Not your average Wesley biography. Hattersley gives a view of Wesley that doesn't have the Methodist apologist's slant. My favorite quote (paraphrasing): Wesley's theology was whatever book he had just read. An in-depth and revealing portrait of this great person in the history of the church and English history as well.


    3. This book is an in-depth look at John Wesley that informs as to Wesley's positive attributes, but does not skirt around Wesley's flaws. It provides a thorough picture of the development of the Methodist movement.


    4. Hattersley seeks to take a bit of the shine off of Wesley's reputation with this biography. He succeeds to some extent in this but nothing can truly tarnish the reputation of the founder of Methodism.


    5. Over all I enjoyed learning more about John Wesley. He is an interesting character even if I am not sure I would have wanted to hang out with him. The book was more thematic then chronological so occasionally things were reintroduced and felt repetitive. But over all good.




    6. A very thorough, perhaps too exhaustive account of John Wesley's life. It has a more negative slant than Wesley deserves, in all probability, but for that reason it can be a useful corrective to other, hagiographical biographies of Wesley. This book is full of important and telling details, and I read the whole thing, even after I had finished my research for an article, which is an indication of how readable it is, albeit in a fairly high-brow way. However, sometimes Hattersley didn't seem to t [...]


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