A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley

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Abingdon Press, 1999 - Religion - 184 pages
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A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley fills a void in available books in Wesleyan studies by providing a brief, solid biography that focuses on Wesley himself. While exploring Wesley's ancestry, birth, death, and every major biographical and theological event between, Collins also explores the theme of John Wesley's spiritual growth and maturation.

Wesley came to the conclusion that real Christians are those whose inward (and outward) lives have been transformed by the bountiful sanctifying grace of God -- what he termed real Christianity--and this he strove to obtain for himself. Real Christianity, as Wesley understood it, embraces both works of piety and mercy, the person and the social.

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User Review  - Mark - Christianbook.com

This volume is a very readable, very enlightening biography. Collins makes good use of Wesley's numerous letters and published works, and those of his contemporaries, to create a compelling and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stefani - Goodreads

"The best of all, God is with us!" A nice biography of John Wesley. He wasn't perfect, but he tried to love and serve those around him. Read full review


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Kenneth J. Collins (Ph.D., Drew University) is professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has published several books including The Theology of John Wesley (Abingdon, 2007), The Evangelical Moment (Baker, 2005) and John Wesley: A Theological Journey (Abingdon, 2003).

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