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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating introduction, 16 Jan 2004
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This review is from: John Wesley - A Personal Portrait (Paperback)
2003 marked the tercentenary of the birth of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church and one of the most significant figures in modern British history. Ralph Waller has written an enjoyable and informative account of the main events and issues surrounding Wesley's life, that should appeal to those who are familiar with Wesley and Methodism and those who have no previous knowledge of this remarkable man. It is not a complete biography, instead it focusses on events and issues of seminal importance in Wesley's life, both positive and negative. Waller begins with an account of John Wesley's upbringing at Epworth, which places the rest of the book in context. He deals with his Oxford career, his work in America and resulting sense of failure, his conversion experience, his ministry, theology and beliefs, and the problems they caused. This book succeeds in dealing with the controversial issues, such as pre-destination, and also Wesley's problems with personal relationships, while also highlighting the great contribution he made to eighteenth century life. Considered theologial discussion is well mixed with a series of anecdotes from Wesley's amazing life, much of which was spent travelling around Britain on horse back.
Well worth reading - most informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Wesley, 3 Jun 2013
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I went to the New Rooms in Bristol last week, hadn't been there for years, so having seen his office,bedroom and the chapel itslef and read this book II now feel I have a rounded understanding of the man. He is shown to be human, having failed to live up to expectation in a relationship in America early on, but redeeming himself later in life. Obviously a man of great intellect, having understood the derivation of some diseases and recommended treatment. He also set up a dispensary in London to reat the poor. He also founded schools in Bristol and Kingswood, run on what we would feel were harsh lines with long hours, but the children loved him.
He was always beset with doubt and attacked by mobs when addressing crowds in Bristol and other areas of the country. He had his failures, in his marriage and in America, He never set out to break away from the Church of England, but his involvemetn with the ppor and ministering to their needs set him apart and eventually brought about the founding of Methodism.

He rode round the country on horseback and sailed to Ireland, stopping wherever people would listen to him. He was attacked on occasions,but received well by others,.riding on horseback right up until his 80s through Yorkshire, in terrible weather.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but a good account of life of John, 28 Aug 2014
Takes some wading through, but a good account of life of John Wesley
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