John Wesley, the founder of
Methodism, was a great evangelist. He toured the British Isles for fifty
years in the eighteenth century, preaching in churches, tiny chapels,
village squares and in vast open areas, where he attracted enormous
crowds. By the 1770s he was probably the most recognisable man in
Britain, so much did he travel. He was also a sensitive counsellor, a
concerned pastor, a thoughtful theologian and a brilliant organiser.
There are some who believe that his influence was so great that he and
his associates saved England from the ravages of a revolution similar to
that which occurred in France at the end of that century. John Wesley:
The Man, his Mission and his Message paints a picture of Wesley that is
vivid and enduring. He appears in these pages as a real man, not a
plastic saint, with all his astonishing talents, his clever sense of
humour and his tragic weaknesses.