Thomas C. Oden
— editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series
"The most thorough biography of Charles Wesley available. It is based on rigorous knowledge of the extensive primary sources (journals, poetry, hymns, letters, ephemera), and it establishes John Tyson as the preeminent living interpreter of Charles Wesley. An inspiring and informative read, this book will be an indispensable addition to the library of any serious student of the Wesleys."
— Duke Divinity School
"John Tyson's biography of Charles Wesley, the great lyrical theologian of the Anglican heritage, bears all the marks of a quarter century of sustained study. Balance, more than anything else, characterizes this accessible yet richly textured portrait. History never dominates theology. Tyson intimately connects the profoundly personal dimension of Wesley's journey of faith to the two communities that shaped his life and poetry — his family and the Methodist societies. Wesley's hymns birthed Methodism as much as any other force and certainly remain his greatest legacy, but Tyson's judicious use of material from Wesley's letters, journals, and sermons adds color and texture to his portrait. Would that more people knew about Charles Wesley — an amazing herald of love divine. If you do not know Wesley, this is a good place to start. If you seek to know more about him, this volume will enrich your knowledge and love of this ‘sweet singer' of Methodism."
— Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
"A very well written, accessible biography by a scholar steeped in the Charles Wesley texts. . . . What is especially appealing in this book, beyond Tyson's mastery of the texts, is his carefully nuanced account of Charles Wesley's relationships with family, friends, and colleagues in the evangelical revival — an account of friendships so strong that they could persist through deep and publicly stated theological differences. . . . A delight to read. Highly commended to readers."
“Readers will be delighted with this insightful biography. . . . Highly recommended”
“Tyson’s biography is an accessible and rewarding addition.”
Reformed Theological Review
“This book will fill out readers’ understanding of Charles Wesley as a person and make us even more receptive to the huge musical and spiritual legacy he has left behind.”