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Susanna Wesley : the complete writings

Author: Susanna Wesley; Charles Wallace
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Susanna Wesley, long celebrated in Methodist mythology as mother of the movement's founders, now takes her place as a practical theologian in her own right. This collection of her letters, spiritual diary, and longer treatises (only one of which was published in her lifetime) shows her to be more than the nurturing mother of Wesleyan legend. It also reveals her to be a well-educated woman in conversation with  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Susanna Wesley; Susanna Wesley
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susanna Wesley; Charles Wallace
ISBN: 0195074378 9780195074376
OCLC Number: 32396426
Description: xiv, 504 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I : Letters --
Religious and sexual politics : Yarborough and Hickes correspondence --
"Dear Sammy" : Samuel Wesley Jr. school correspondence --
More letters to "dear Sammy" --
The rectory fire --
The evening prayers controversy --
An age of reason--and credulity --
A rich brother in India --
Advice to an Oxford man --
Distinction at Oxford, scandal at home --
A continuing cure of souls --
Advice to the Holy Club --
More advice, more concern --
A widow and a supportive critic of revival --
Last letters --
Part II : Journals --
"Think much and speak little" : first surviving entries --
"Keep a due guard over your words" --
"You write what is familiar to you by practice" --
"I cannot altogether acquiesce" --
"But what do you think?" --
"Bend the whole force of the mind in a serious use of the ways and means of religion" --
"The most blest and happy day" --
"These blessed lucid intervals" --
"To feel a vital joy overspread and cheer the heart" --
Part III : Educational, catechetical, and controversial writings --
On educating my family --
The Apostle's Creed explicated in a letter to her daughter Susanna --
Obedience to the Laws of God : a brief (unfinished) exposition on the Ten Commandments --
A religious conference between mother and Emilia --
Some remarks on a letter from Whitefield.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: edited by Charles Wallace, Jr.
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This is the first collection of the complete writings of Susanna Wesley, the mother of John, Charles, and Samuel Wesley, the founding fathers of Methodism. As an outstanding female figure of the  Read more...


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