American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists

Paperback | September 12, 2012

byJohn Wigger

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English-born Francis Asbury was one of the most important religious leaders in American history. Asbury single-handedly guided the creation of the American Methodist church, which became the largest Protestant denomination in nineteenth-century America, and laid the foundation of the Holinessand Pentecostal movements that flourish today. In American Saint, John Wigger has written the definitive biography of Asbury and, by extension, a revealing interpretation of the early years of the Methodist movement in America. Asbury emerges here as not merely an influential religious leader, but afascinating character, who lived an extraordinary life. His cultural sensitivity was matched only by his ability to organize. His life of prayer and voluntary poverty were legendary, as was his generosity to the poor. He had a remarkable ability to connect with ordinary people, and he met with thousands of them as he crisscrossed the nation, riding morethan one hundred and thirty thousand miles between his arrival in America in 1771 and his death in 1816. Indeed Wigger notes that Asbury was more recognized face-to-face than any other American of his day, including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

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English-born Francis Asbury was one of the most important religious leaders in American history. Asbury single-handedly guided the creation of the American Methodist church, which became the largest Protestant denomination in nineteenth-century America, and laid the foundation of the Holinessand Pentecostal movements that flourish toda...

John Wigger is Professor of History at the University of Missouri.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction1. The Apprentice2. The Young Preacher3. The Promise of Discipline4. Southern Persuasion5. One Revolution6. Leads to Another7. Looking Forward, Looking Backward8. A New Church in a New Nation9. "Such a time...was never seen before"10. "Alas for the rich! they are so soon offended"11. "Be not righteous over much"12. Schism13. Reconnecting14. "Weighed in the balances"15. "We were great too soon"16. "Down from a Joyless height"17. "Feel for the power"18. "The garden of God"19. "Like a moving fire"20. Limits21. "I see, I feel what is wrong in preachers and people, but I cannot make it right,"22. What God Allows23. End of the RoadEpilogue: Bending FrankAbbreviationsNotesIndex