A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
Martino Fine Books, 2011 - 288 pages
2011 Reprint of 1888 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Often called the greatest of the post-Reformation mystics, William Law was a fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church. After losing his position at Cambridge for refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance to George I, he became the center of a small spiritual community. He was a religious guide to the Gibbon family and included among his disciples John and Charles Wesley. "A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life" deeply influenced the chief actors in the great Evangelical revival. John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, Henry Venn, Thomas Scott, and Thomas Adam all express their deep obligation to the author. "The Serious Call" also affected others deeply. Samuel Johnson, Gibbon, Lord Lyttelton and Bishop Home all spoke enthusiastically of its merits; and it is still the only work by which its author is popularly known. It has high merits of style, being lucid and pointed to a degree.