From the introduction:
It will be admitted, that the conversion of twenty thousand souls in about six years, chiefly under the labors of one man, is a great religious fact! It is more than great! It is marvelous, startling, sublime! It is eminently suggestive, too. It prompts the questions: How was it done? What were its processes? May other men be equally successful?
The man who has been the successful laborer in the conversion of this vast multitude of souls, is the Rev. James Caughey, a native of Ireland. He came to this country in his youth, and was converted to God some nineteen years since. Two years after his conversion, he joined the Troy Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was ordained a Deacon in 1834. At first he was not distinguished for usefulness above many of his brethren; but subsequently he became the subject of some very extraordinary spiritual exercises; which, being submitted to in the simplicity and docility of a child-like spirit, resulted in a visit of some six years to the British Islands. It was while on this visit that the magnificent array of twenty thousand converts rose up around him to hail him as their spiritual father; and to attest the genuineness and divinity of his previous spiritual exercises.
Mr. Caughey is a self-educated man. He has been an extensive reader, and his mind is richly stored with the best thoughts of the best English writers. He possesses a remarkably vivid imagination, which, in its ardent flights, sometimes, though not often, soars into the suburbs of fanciful regions. His perceptive faculties are superior, his reasoning powers good, though not logical in the highest sense. His memory is both retentive and ready; hence he has a large treasury of ideas at command. His mind possesses great force; his manner is earnest and persuasive; his gesticulation natural. His voice possesses remarkable compass; if not richly musical, it is very pleasant, and the more it is heard the more it charms. His discourses bear the mark of originality. It is true they often flash with the intellectual jewels of great writers, but these are faithfully acknowledged; and his sermons, both in thought and structure, are manifestly the offsprings of his own mind.
The Table of Contents are as follows:
Chapter 1 — THE INTRODUCTORY
Chapter 2 — THE ANOINTING
Chapter 3 — THE PREPARATION AND THE CONFLICT
Chapter 4 — THE TEST OF REVIVAL PRINCIPLES
Chapter 5 — THE CALL OF THE SPIRIT
Chapter 6 — FIRST FRUITS
Chapter 7 — REVIVAL SCENES IN LOWER CANADA
Chapter 8 — HALIFAX AND THE VOYAGE THITHER
Chapter 9 — THE ATLANTIC VOYAGE
Chapter 10 — THE DENOUEMENT
Chapter 11 — TEN WEEKS IN LIMERICK
Chapter 12 — VISIT TO CORK
Chapter 13 — EXPERIENCES AND INCIDENTS IN CORK AND BANDON
Chapter 14 — MR. CAUGHEY IN ENGLAND
Chapter 15 — ARGUMENTS WITH THE ENEMIES OF REVIVALS
Chapter 16 — INQUIRIES, ANECDOTES, AND CLOSING LABORS IN LIVERPOOL
Chapter 17 — GREAT REVIVAL IN LEEDS
Chapter 18 — THE OFFENDED HEARER
Chapter 19 — RAMBLES AROUND LEEDS
Chapter 20 — GLORIOUS WORK OF GOD IN HULL
Chapter 21 — SCENES AND INCIDENTS OF THE HULL REVIVAL
Chapter 22 — DISPLAYS OF DIVINE GLORY IN SHEFFIELD
Chapter 23 — CONCLUDING INCIDENTS IN SHEFFIELD
Chapter 24 — CLOSE OF MR. CAUGHEY’S LABORS IN ENGLAND
Chapter 25 — THE VOYAGE HOME
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About the Author
Born in Ireland, he and his family moved to New York while he was yet a child. He was converted at the age of 20, and began his ministry a short two years later.
He is probably best known for his revivals in England in the 1840s, where he converted many, including William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army. In addition to these meetings, he was the first 'professional' evangelists to tour Canada, and inspired D. L. Moody greatly by his preaching.