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Charles Wesley: A Biography Paperback – 30 Nov 2006

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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Epworth Press (30 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716206153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716206156
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 946,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Best is Headmaster of Kingswood School in Bath.

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A treasure to keep and to read on for every human being, it inspires people to know " Jesus. "
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Charles Wesley 2 Nov. 2007
By Dr. Donald W. Haynes - Published on
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This is the first bona fide biography of Charles Wesley, author of over 6000 hymns and co-founder of Methodism, in 150 years. Written by a British Methodist, it is very well researched and interestingly written. It does tend to denigrate his brother, John Wesley.
The most brilliant and thorough presentation on the history of Methodism through the lens of Charles’ life 31 Mar. 2015
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I must say that this is the definitive biography on Charles Wesley.
This biography on the life of Charles Wesley was more than a simple report on the key events of his life. This work is a brilliant and thorough presentation on the history of Methodism through the lens of Charles’ life. Gary Best begins by generously laying out the historical background prior to Charles’ birth so that the reader may better understand the environment in which this co-founder of methodism emerged from. He gives us extensive insights regarding the lives of both of his parents including their experiences with the church of England. Best even indulges the reader by telling about their blissful union but also reports their financial impediments and the shameful reality regarding their struggling marriage. The reader is taken through the childhood of Charles Wesley from his birth and infancy in Epworth to his eventual relocation to London where he would study at Westminster school. Of course, much is said about Samuel and John in their academic development as well.
The story continues in Oxford where Charles would start the so called “Holy Club” where he would attract Benjamin Ingham and George Whitefield; 2 key leaders in the development of Methodism. It is possible that their next season would be one of youthful zeal, nonetheless, the author tells us of both the glory and the delusion of the mission to America. This is where the Wesley’s make initial contact with the Moravians who will have a major impact on their assurance of salvation. Three days before John’s famous Aldersgate experience, Charles had an experience that was likely what positioned John to feel the his heart strangely warmed. Subsequently, they put their faith to action by establishing many societies and scandalously preaching in the open air. Best, again reveals the glories of this awakening but also faithfully reports on the division in Methodism among the Calvinists led by George Whitefield, Moravians led by Benjamin Ingram, and Arminians led by the Wesleys.
As the movement continues to mature the reader is guided through the wrongful persecution of methodists due to the Jacobite accusations. There is also ample insight into the developments of both Charles’ happy marriage to Sally and John’s unfortunate rebound marriage to Molly. This all is explained to occur amidst the persistent rumblings of dissent, which Charles fought against until the day of his death. Best explains the turmoil surrounding the evolving doctrine of christian perfection that John introduces and of which Charles opposes. The story continues with the American Revolution and the Wesley’s opposition to it both for moral reasons and also because of the dilemma facing Methodism in America. The book finishes with peering into Charles as father to his children and to his relationship with his wife until the end of his life in 1788. Of course Best does not neglect to speak of the organizational structure left in methodism at the time of John’s death in 1791.
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