Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley

Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley

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By (author) John R. Tyson

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  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 356 pages
  • Dimensions: 151mm x 229mm x 23mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 25 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
  • ISBN 10: 0802829392
  • ISBN 13: 9780802829399
  • Sales rank: 318,111

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Charles Wesley (1707?1788) was the cofounder of Methodism and the author of more than 9,000 hymns and sacred poems, including such favorites as ???Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, ??? ???O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, ??? and ???Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.??? John Tyson here traces the remarkable life of this influential man from cradle to grave, using rare ? including previously unpublished ? hymns, letters, and journal materials. As the younger brother of John Wesley, Charles was a vital partner in the Methodist revival. While often standing in the shadow of his more famous brother, Charles Wesley was arguably the founder of the Oxford Holy Club, and he actually experienced evangelical conversion three days prior to John. In Assist Me to Proclaim Tyson explores, among other things, behind-the-scenes questions about the brothers??? sometimes-stormy relationship. Notwithstanding all his accomplishments as an evangelist and itinerant preacher, Charles is chiefly remembered for his startling facility at writing hymns that show God at work in almost every instance of life. His remarkable legacy endures around the world, as hundreds of Charles Wesley hymns are still sung in churches everywhere today. Assist Me to Proclaim draws a picture of a man whose fidelity to both the Church of England and the original vision of Methodism energized his remarkable abilities as a revivalist and hymn writer. Readers also get a glimpse into Wesley??'s heart and mind through the window of his hymn texts. This is a biography that any student of church history or hymnody will welcome.

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"A fascinating contribution to Wesley studies, making available material which is normally only accessible to users of the Methodist Archives and Research Centre. It may either be used as a source book, or simply read and enjoyed."--Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society "[This book] can be recommended without hesitation to academic and seminary collections on Church music history and theology. American readers should be particularly interested in the documents concerning Wesley's Georgia sojourn in the 1730s." --Library Journal "Charles Wesley: A Reader is hghly recommended for students of the Wesleys and their theology, religion in eighteenth-century England, and hymnology."-- Southwestern Journal of Theology "Wesley's writings...are of great interest, particularly with regard to the history of Protestant theology."--Virginia Quarterly Review "This volume helps us better understand the place of Charles Wesley in the Christian tradition and his invaluable contribution to the Methodist movement. Selections from Wesley's sermons, journals, letters and hymns reveal his extraordinary grasp of Christian faith and life. Furthermore, the author's introductory essay and notes provide an excellent commentary on Wesley's role as theologian, preacher, hymn writer and church leader."--Charles Yrigoyen, Jr., Editor, Methodist History.