Julian Wilson will be releasing his brand new biography on the Fathers of Methodism and the hymnal on January 19th. The new biography entitled The Wesleys: Two Men Who Changed the World tells a very inspiring story of John and Charles Wesley, that can be useful for both the student and those who have never read about these remarkable men of the eighteenth century.
Rev. Keith Garner, Superintendent/CEO of Wesley Mission writes: "In The Wesleys - Two Men Who Changed the World, Julian Wilson has produced a very inspiring book which will be useful for both the student and those who have never read about these remarkable men of the eighteenth century. As a Methodist by background, converted from outside the church, I have been an avid reader and collector of all things Wesleyan. It is interesting that Wilson deals with John and Charles Wesley within the same book. The way in which God used these two brothers is one of the outstanding stories of church history."
With skill, Wilson weaves into his narrative an account of two lives, so intricately bound together and yet the impact of each is unique. The writer does not regard Charles Wesley as merely providing "the background music of early Methodism", but considers both brothers as powerful vehicles of evangelism in their own day and examples of what might still be achieved today.
John and Charles Wesley are, undoubtedly, two of the greatest heroes of the Christian faith who have ever lived. Their fearless preaching in the face of violent opposition and the rise of the Methodist movement powerfully inflenced an eighteenth century England that was rife with corruption, drunkenness, crime and religious apathy; a country described by Bishop John Ryle a century later as "...barren of all good. There was a gross religious and moral darkness; a darkness that might be felt."
In this most comprehensive biography of John and Charles Wesley to date, best-selling author, Julian Wilson describes in vivid detail the brothers' triumphs and failures, their conversion to true Christianity, their differing characters, their relationships with women, their prison outreach, their uncompromising preaching even when faced with death or serious injury, the growth of the Methodist movement and in John's case, his supernatural ministry, his work as a physician, his involvement in the abolition of slavery and his educational and social welfare initiatives.
Wilson has worked as an advertising copywriter and as an editor and writer for a number of publications. He is also the author of Complete Surrender, a biography of the Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell. He spent 15 years living in Asia, but now resides in Australia with his wife and daughter.