Book Review of The Making of Methodism by Barrie Tabraham from Epworth Press

Pam's Perambulation

Whenever anyone asks me for a basic book on the history of Methodism and John and Charles Wesley, I always point them to this book.  So I thought perhaps I’d give it another read and cover its delights.

My copy is the 1995 version, but there is an updated version available, revised in 2010.

Barrie Tabraham gives us a ‘warts and all’ account of the Wesleys.  He sets out to put John and Charles and their new group firmly in a historical context.  One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the inclusion of primary source material within each chapter – extracts from John’s letters and sermons.

If, like me, you are not very well-versed in the history of the 1700s, it is interesting and helpful to see the historical context in which Methodism emerged.  Tabraham takes us from the background of the political and societal life…

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