Early Evangelicalism: A Reader is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. The official launch date is early September, and it will be available in hardback for $99 and paperback for $35.
I'm thrilled that the paperback will be affordable. The entire book will be over 400 pages and include forty-six images, sixty-two introductions, and excerpts from male and female transatlantic authors of varying race (white, black, native American) throughout North America, Scotland, England, Wales, and parts of the Netherlands and Germany. I hope to view the art work for the book, including the cover image, in the next few days.
Here is the production information that is provided on Amazon.com:
Evangelicalism has played a prominent role in western religion since the
dawn of modernity. Coinciding with the emergence of the Enlightenment
in America and Europe, evangelicalism flourished during the
transatlantic revivals of the eighteenth century. In addition to
adopting Protestantism's core beliefs of justification by faith,
scripture alone, and the priesthood of believers, early evangelicals
emphasized conversion and cross-cultural missions to a greater extent
than Christians of previous generations.
Most people today
associate early evangelicalism with only a few of its leaders. Yet this
was a religious movement that involved more people than simply Jonathan
Edwards, John Wesley, and George Whitefield. Early evangelicals were
Anglicans, Baptists, Congregationalists, Methodists, Moravians, and
Presbyterians and could be found in America, Canada, Great Britain, and
Western Europe. They published hymns, historical works, poems, political
pamphlets, revival accounts, sermons, and theological treatises. They
recorded their conversion experiences and kept diaries and journals that
chronicled their spiritual development. Early Evangelicalism: A Reader is
an anthology that introduces a host of important religious figures.
After brief biographical sketches of each author, this book offers over
sixty excerpts from a wide range of well-known and lesser-known
Protestant Christians, representing a variety of denominations,
geographical locations, and underrepresented groups in order to produce
the most comprehensive sourcebook of its kind.
I hope that those of you out there teaching courses in the history of Christianity, American and European religious history, and the history of evangelicalism will consider using the book as a textbook for your classes.