David Ceri Jones has written a nice piece on Early Evangelicalism: A Reader over at his blog.
Jonathan Yeager's, Early Evangelicalism: A Reader (New York:
OUP, 2013) is an important volume and will be especially useful for all
those who teach university level courses on evangelicalism or the
various aspects of the movement which intersect with other areas of
Although its not marketed as such, this volume may possibly be seen as a
companion to the first two volumes of IVP's five volume 'History of
Evangelicalism' series. Where those volumes have presented the narrative
story of the origins, growth and development of the global evangelical
movement, this volume allows the voices of many of the figures featured
in those volumes the opportunity to be heard for themselves.
The focus in this volume is therefore the eighteenth-century evangelical
movement in the British Isles and America.Yeager has collected 62 short
extracts, each three or four pages in length, from well-known and
sometimes less well-known, evangelicals. Whitefield, Wesley, Edwards,
Hannah More and Wilberforce all figure, but here also are the voices of
Howel Harris, William Williams, John Cennick, Anne Steele, Isaac Backus,
Phillis Wheatley and many others. Each extract is helpfully
contextualised and the volume is prefaced with a short introductory
essay, briefly exploring the nature of eighteenth-century evangelical
This is a beautifully presented book, which deserves a wide readership,
and which will undoubtedly prove to be invaluable for those of us that
try to introduce the study of evangelicalism to slightly nonplused
Here's hoping that undergraduate and graduate students will find the book helpful!