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Assist Me to Proclaim : The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley - John R. Tyson

Assist Me to Proclaim

The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley

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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 including previously unpublished ?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.

Thomas C. Oden editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series "The most thorough biography of Charles Wesley available. It is based on rigorous knowledge of the extensive primary sources (journals, poetry, hymns, letters, ephemera), and it establishes John Tyson as the preeminent living interpreter of Charles Wesley. An inspiring and informative read, this book will be an indispensable addition to the library of any serious student of the Wesleys."Paul Chilcote Duke Divinity School "John Tyson's biography of Charles Wesley, the great lyrical theologian of the Anglican heritage, bears all the marks of a quarter century of sustained study. Balance, more than anything else, characterizes this accessible yet richly textured portrait. History never dominates theology. Tyson intimately connects the profoundly personal dimension of Wesley's journey of faith to the two communities that shaped his life and poetry his family and the Methodist societies. Wesley's hymns birthed Methodism as much as any other force and certainly remain his greatest legacy, but Tyson's judicious use of material from Wesley's letters, journals, and sermons adds color and texture to his portrait. Would that more people knew about Charles Wesley an amazing herald of love divine. If you do not know Wesley, this is a good place to start. If you seek to know more about him, this volume will enrich your knowledge and love of this sweet singer' of Methodism."Ted Campbell Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University "A very well written, accessible biography by a scholar steeped in the Charles Wesley texts. . . . What is especially appealing in this book, beyond Tyson's mastery of the texts, is his carefully nuanced account of Charles Wesley's relationships with family, friends, and colleagues in the evangelical revival an account of friendships so strong that they could persist through deep and publicly stated theological differences. . . . A delight to read. Highly commended to readers.""Choice" Readers will be delighted with this insightful biography. . . . Highly recommended "Hymn" Tyson s biography is an accessible and rewarding addition. "Reformed Theological Review" This book will fill out readers understanding of Charles Wesley as a person and make us even more receptive to the huge musical and spiritual legacy he has left behind. " Thomas C. Oden -- editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series -The most thorough biography of Charles Wesley available. It is based on rigorous knowledge of the extensive primary sources (journals, poetry, hymns, letters, ephemera), and it establishes John Tyson as the preeminent living interpreter of Charles Wesley. An inspiring and informative read, this book will be an indispensable addition to the library of any serious student of the Wesleys.-Paul Chilcote -- Duke Divinity School -John Tyson's biography of Charles Wesley, the great lyrical theologian of the Anglican heritage, bears all the marks of a quarter century of sustained study. Balance, more than anything else, characterizes this accessible yet richly textured portrait. History never dominates theology. Tyson intimately connects the profoundly personal dimension of Wesley's journey of faith to the two communities that shaped his life and poetry -- his family and the Methodist societies. Wesley's hymns birthed Methodism as much as any other force and certainly remain his greatest legacy, but Tyson's judicious use of material from Wesley's letters, journals, and sermons adds color and texture to his portrait. Would that more people knew about Charles Wesley -- an amazing herald of love divine. If you do not know Wesley, this is a good place to start. If you seek to know more about him, this volume will enrich your knowledge and love of this 'sweet singer' of Methodism.-Ted Campbell -- Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University -A very well written, accessible biography by a scholar steeped in the Charles Wesley texts. . . . What is especially appealing in this book, beyond Tyson's mastery of the texts, is his carefully nuanced account of Charles Wesley's relationships with family, friends, and colleagues in the evangelical revival -- an account of friendships so strong that they could persist through deep and publicly stated theological differences. . . . A delight to read. Highly commended to readers.-Choice -Readers will be delighted with this insightful biography. . . . Highly recommended- Hymn -Tyson's biography is an accessible and rewarding addition.- Reformed Theological Review -This book will fill out readers' understanding of Charles Wesley as a person and make us even more receptive to the huge musical and spiritual legacy he has left behind.- Thomas C. Oden editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series "The most thorough biography of Charles Wesley available. It is based on rigorous knowledge of the extensive primary sources (journals, poetry, hymns, letters, ephemera), and it establishes John Tyson as the preeminent living interpreter of Charles Wesley. An inspiring and informative read, this book will be an indispensable addition to the library of any serious student of the Wesleys." Paul Chilcote Duke Divinity School "John Tyson's biography of Charles Wesley, the great lyrical theologian of the Anglican heritage, bears all the marks of a quarter century of sustained study. Balance, more than anything else, characterizes this accessible yet richly textured portrait. History never dominates theology. Tyson intimately connects the profoundly personal dimension of Wesley's journey of faith to the two communities that shaped his life and poetry his family and the Methodist societies. Wesley's hymns birthed Methodism as much as any other force and certainly remain his greatest legacy, but Tyson's judicious use of material from Wesley's letters, journals, and sermons adds color and texture to his portrait. Would that more people knew about Charles Wesley an amazing herald of love divine. If you do not know Wesley, this is a good place to start. If you seek to know more about him, this volume will enrich your knowledge and love of this sweet singer' of Methodism." Ted Campbell Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University "A very well written, accessible biography by a scholar steeped in the Charles Wesley texts. . . . What is especially appealing in this book, beyond Tyson's mastery of the texts, is his carefully nuanced account of Charles Wesley's relationships with family, friends, and colleagues in the evangelical revival an account of friendships so strong that they could persist through deep and publicly stated theological differences. . . . A delight to read. Highly commended to readers." "Choice" Readers will be delighted with this insightful biography. . . . Highly recommended "Hymn" Tyson s biography is an accessible and rewarding addition. "Reformed Theological Review" This book will fill out readers understanding of Charles Wesley as a person and make us even more receptive to the huge musical and spiritual legacy he has left behind. " "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, theauthor'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.

Introductionp. vii
Beginningsp. 1
An American Adventurep. 19
Pentecost Becomes Personalp. 40
"Into the Streets and Highways"p. 59
"He Offers Christ to All"p. 72
"The Snare of Stillness"p. 83
"The Poison of Calvin"p. 99
"A Man Made for Friendship"p. 117
"The Lions' Den"p. 135
"My Dearest Sally"p. 153
A Partnership Strainedp. 171
Reforming the Preachersp. 186
Father of a Familyp. 199
"The Old Ship"p. 215
Perfectionp. 230
Poet Laureatep. 252
"To the Brink of Separation"p. 272
The London Yearsp. 288
"Ordination Is Separation"p. 306
Last Battlesp. 323
A Note on the Sourcesp. 340
Indexp. 348
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ISBN: 9780802829399
ISBN-10: 0802829392
Series: Library of Religious Biography Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 2nd January 2008
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48