Son To Susanna: The Private Life of John Wesley, by G. Elsie Harrison
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John Wesley (1703 – 1791) was the founder of the Methodist movement in the 18th Century, and a major figure in religious revival as he travelling around England and Ireland on horseback preaching in many small towns. Many biographies have been written about Wesley, detailing his work and teachings.
In this book, however, Mrs G. Elsie Harrison focuses instead on the emotional life of John Wesley, looking in particular at the women who influenced him: his mother Susanna, his sisters, female friends and Grace Murray, to whom he was engaged, but never married.
Harrison aims “to show the tides of emotion, the bleak experiences, the legacy of sisters and cousins and of aunts” that made John Wesley such an influential preacher, and to understand him better by presenting a more human, realistic and relatable version of the man.