Daniel Rowland

and the Great Evangelical Awakening in Wales

Weight 0.72 kg
Dimensions 14.5 × 3.5 × 22.4 cm
ISBN 9781800403352
Binding

Cloth-bound, eBook (ePub & Kindle), Cloth-bound & eBook (ePub & Kindle)

format

Book

Original Pub Date

1985

page-count

470

topic

18th Century, History and Biography, Revival

Banner Pub Date

Jun 27, 2023

NEW REPRINT

Book Description

J. C. Ryle described Daniel Rowland (1711–1790) as ‘one of the spiritual giants of the eighteenth century.’ Lady Huntingdon considered him to be ‘second only to Whitefield.’ Howel Harris wrote of him, ‘In his pulpit he is second to St Paul,’ while others acclaimed him as ‘the greatest preacher in Europe.’ Yet he has been one of the least known leaders of that age.

The loss of manuscripts shortly after his death, the Welsh language barrier, and the fact that all his closest friends were also preachers rather than authors, all contributed to leave only a shadowy impression of his greatness. However, after many years of work, Dr Eifion Evans succeeded in breaking through a multitude of difficulties to present for the first time a full-scale biography of Daniel Rowland.

J. C. Ryle writes of Daniel Rowland, ‘Never, perhaps, did any preacher exalt Christ more. . . . No British preacher of the eighteenth century kept together in one district such enormous congregations of souls for fifty years as Rowland did.’ And Dr D. M. Lloyd-Jones asks, ‘Has there been preaching which has had anything like the effect of his preaching since those days?’

At death, when reminded that he had been instrumental in the conversion of thousands to Christ, Rowland protested, ‘It is nothing. I die as a poor sinner depending fully and entirely on the merits of a crucified Saviour.’

This volume is a record of revivals, friendships with other leaders, persecutions and divisions, and the birth of a new age for Wales. Amidst it all, Dr Evans excels in showing what made Rowland the preacher and the humble Christian that he was. Dr Evans’ volume not only fills a major gap in church history, it is an inspiring testimony to New Testament Christianity.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Sources xv
Abbreviations xvii
1 ‘God is There’ 1
2 ‘Silver Trumpets Unheeded’ 11
3 ‘Lame in Both Feet’ 23
4  ‘Begotten to the New Gospel’ 33
5 ‘The Needle of the Law’ 45
6 ‘Glory in the Pulpit’ 57
7 ‘Reforming Days’ 69
8 ‘A Great Revival’ 81
9 ‘Such Near Union’ 93
10 ‘Simple, Broken, Burning Souls’ 107
11 ‘About Uniting in All Good’ 121
12 ‘Fire From Heaven’ 135
13 ‘The Glory of Free Grace’ 155
14 ‘A Father in Israel’ 167
15 Persecution: ‘No Gold without Fire’ 181
16 Rowland’s Preaching 197
17 Society Rules in 1742 211
18 Tensions and Triumphs 225
19 Letters to London 239
20 1743: ‘A Critical Time in Wales’ 251
21 Associations and Unity 269
22 Methodist Priorities 283
23 Writing, Singing, and Praying 297
24 ‘A Strong Pillar in the Church of God’ 321
25 The Disruption 331
26 Testimonies from the 1750s 345
27 ‘To Make Up a Breach in God’s House’ 361
28 1762: ‘Blessed Summer’s Day’ 373
29 ‘Herald of the King of Glory’ 391
30 ‘Theomemphus, Seeker after God’ 405
31 ‘The Old Grey-Headed Elijah’ 421
32 ‘The Power of Heaven in the Word of Life’ 9443
Index 463

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  1. Matthew Atack

    A well-written, engaging and soul-stirring biography of a pioneer modern missions. Was a pleasure to read.

  2. John Frahm

    A must read for all. This biography reminds us how wonderful it is to be a Christian and the great need for a genuine revival.

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