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Thomas Charles’ Spiritual Counsels

Selected From His Letters and Papers by Edward Morgan

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Weight 0.59 kg
Dimensions 19.6 x 13.3 x 3.3 cm
binding

Cloth-bound

format

Book

isbn

9780851516561

Original Pub Date

1836

Banner Pub Date

May 1, 1994

topic

Spiritual Growth, 18th Century

page-count

520

scripture

Whole Bible

Book Description

The North of Wales in the 1770s was one of the least Christian parts of Britain. The next three decades brought a transformation akin to that of the apostolic era and at the centre of the change was Thomas Charles, ‘the Lord’s gift to North Wales’.

Debarred from the pulpits of his own denomination, and dependent on his shop-keeper wife at Bala, Charles quietly became the leader of the people (‘Calvinistic Methodists’) whose God-anointed witness gathered thousands to the gospel. This astonishing advance involved Bible distribution, the use of circulating schools, preaching, and publishing. More than all these things, there was an outpouring of the Spirit of God and the most enduring lessons of the period have to do with the quality of spiritual life which was then recovered.

This volume, first published in 1838, shows us both what that life was in Thomas Charles’ own experience and how wisely he taught it to others.

Charles’ main characteristic, said Edward Morgan (his editor), was his large measure of love and humility. His life itself, ‘with heaven in his face’, as men said, was a sermon.

For insight into real, biblical Christianity this book will always be one of the classics of evangelical literature. John Elias’ verdict of many years ago remains true, ‘Whatever proceeds from Mr. Charles is excellent’. This was one of the last books in the hands of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones before his death and it led him to conclude that Thomas Charles ‘is definitely one of the most neglected of the spiritual leaders’.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  Biographical Introduction xi
  Preface xxxvii
  ESSAYS 1
  LETTERS TO MR D. CHARLES 213
  LETTERS TO MISS SARAH JONES

(AFTERWARDS MRS THOMAS CHARLES)

234
  LETTERS TO HIS WIFE 286
  LETTERS TO MISS WRIGHT, OF TARVIN 302
  LETTERS TO MR RICHARD JONES, OF WREXHAM 306
  LETTERS TO MRS ANN JONES, OF WREXHAM 308
  LETTERS TO MR ROBERT JONES, OF TY BWLCYN… 312
  LETTERS TO MRS THOMAS COLLEY, OF CEFNGWIFED… 319
  LETTERS TO MISS ELIZA COLLEY, OF CEFNGWIFED 324
  LETTERS TO MR JOHN WALKER, OF CHESTER 326
  LETTERS TO MR AND MRS JOHN WALKER, OF CHESTER 329
  LETTERS TO MR AND MRS WILLIAM ASTLE, OF LONDON 332
  LETTERS TO THE REV MR JOHN MAJOR, OF SHAWBURY 352
  LETTERS TO MISS MARY ASHWELL, OF MILBORNE PORT… 370
  LETTERS TO MR R- D-, OF LIVERPOOL 381
  LETTERS TO EDWARD MORGAN 383
  LETTERS TO MISS MARY FOULKS, OF MACHYNLLETH 401
  LETTERS TO MISS MARY HUGHES, OF LIVERPOOL 403
  LETTERS TO MRS E-, C- N 404
  LETTERS TO THE REV HENRY GREY, OF STENTON… 408
  PAPERS – Preface to the Rev Mr Oliver’s Hymn Book 414
  SUNDAY SCHOOLS 420
  MINUTES OF QUARTERLY MEETINGS 437

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