Thursday, October 16, 2008

Eerdmans' Library of Religious Biography

I would like to commend to you Eerdmans' Library of Religious Biography. This series is edited by Mark A. Noll, Nathan O. Hatch and Allen C. Guelzo. As you will note, the series is very broad, including individuals from various ends of the spectrum of American and British religious history.

This morning we have posted Doug Brown's review of the following volume in this series:

Tyson, John R. Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley. Library of Religious Biography. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008. Paperback, 328 pages. $22.00

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Book Review: Assist Me to Proclaim (Reviewed by Doug Brown)

The Publisher's Description of this Series:

The Library of Religious Biography is a series of original biographies on important religious figures throughout American and British history.

The authors are well-known historians, each a recognized authority in the period of religious history in which his or her subject lived and worked. Grounded in solid research of both published and archival sources, these volumes link the lives of their subjects — not always thought of as “religious” persons — to the broader cultural contexts and religious issues that surrounded them. Each volume includes a bibliographical essay and an index to serve the needs of students, teachers, and researchers.

Marked by careful scholarship yet free of footnotes and academic jargon, the books in this series are well-written narratives meant to be read and enjoyed as well as studied.

Titles in this Series:

Billy Sunday [1862-1935]

Lyle W. Dorsett, Billy Sunday and the Redemption of Urban America (Eerdmans, 1991) - Eerdmans | Amazon (Note: this title has since been republished by Mercer University Press in 2004.)

George Whitefield [1714-1770]

Harry S. Stout, The Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 1991) - Eerdmans | Amazon

William Ewart Gladstone [1809-1898]

David W. Bebbington, William Ewart Gladstone: Faith and Politics in Victorian Britain (Eerdmans, 1993) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Aimee Semple McPherson [1890-1944]

Edith L. Blumhofer, Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody's Sister (Eerdmans, 1993) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

Edwin S. Gaustad, Sworn on the Altar of God: A Religious Biography of Thomas Jefferson (Eerdmans, 1996) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Charles G. Finney [1792-1875]

Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe, Charles G. Finney and the Spirit of American Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 1996) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Blaise Pascal [1623-1662]

Marvin R. O'Connell, Blaise Pascal: Reasons of the Heart (Eerdmans, 1997) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Thomas Merton [1915-1968]

Lawrence S. Cunningham, Thomas Merton and the Monastic Vision (Eerdmans, 1999) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Abraham Lincoln [1809-1865]

Allen C. Guelzo, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (Eerdmans, 2002) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Horace Bushnell [1802-1876]

Robert Bruce Mullin, The Puritan as Yankee: A Life of Horace Bushnell (Eerdmans, 2002) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Arthur Tappan Pierson [1837-1911]

Dana L. Robert, Occupy Until I Come: A. T. Pierson and the Evangelization of the World (Eerdmans, 2003) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Orestes Augustus Brownson [1803-1876]

Patrick W. Carey, Orestes A. Brownson: American Religious Weathervane (Eerdmans, 2004) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Emily Dickinson [1830-1886]

Roger Lundin, Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief (2nd edition, Eerdmans, 2004) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Fanny J. Crosby [1820-1915]

Edith L. Blumhofer, Her Heart Can See: The Life and Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby (Eerdmans, 2005) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Jonathan Edwards [1703-1758]

George Marsden, A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards (Eerdmans, 2008) - Eerdmans | Amazon | WTS | CBD

Ellen G. White [1827-1915]

Ronald L. Numbers, Prophetess of Health: Ellen G. White (3rd edition, Eerdmans, 2008) - Eerdmans | Amazon

William Miller [1782-1849]

David L. Rowe, God's Strange Work: William Miller and the End of the World (Eerdmans, 2008) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Charles Wesley [1707-1788]

John R. Tyson, Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley (Eerdmans, 2008) - Eerdmans | Amazon

Francis Schaeffer [1912-1984]

Barry Hankins, Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America (Eerdmans, forthcoming Nov, 2008) - Eerdmans | Amazon | WTS