Church Libraries, Herbst 2008
This comprehensive look at Charles Wesley, both as a hymn writer and cofounder of Methodism, is interesting reading. Tyson includes Wesley’s theological contributions to the denomination and using Wesley’s letters, poems, hymns, and other historical papers presents his relationships with his immediate family; close friends; fellow laborers in the spiritual work; and his brother, John.
This well-researched book, written by a professor of theology who has studied Wesley for more than 25 years, not for the casual reader but is rewarding for those who are seriously interested in the Wesleys and Methodism. A bit of repetitiveness in some later chapters hampers the flow of the narrative but does not prevent this book from being a successful and compelling biography. It includes an index. Highly recommended for larger church and school libraries. JA