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Overview "Real" Christians, according to Wesley, were those whose lives had been transformed by the sanctifying grace of God, who embraced piety and works of mercy, personal and social holiness. This solid study brings out the biographical and theological details of Wesley's own spiritual progression.
Publishers Description A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley fills a void in available books in Wesleyan studies by providing a brief, solid biography that focuses on Wesley himself. While exploring Wesley's ancestry, birth, death, and every major biographical and theological event between, Collins also explores the theme of John Wesley's spiritual growth and maturation.
Wesley came to the conclusion that real Christians are those whose inward (and outward) lives have been transformed by the bountiful sanctifying grace of God -- what he termed real Christianity--and this he strove to obtain for himself. Real Christianity, as Wesley understood it, embraces both works of piety and mercy, the person and the social.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.05" Width: 6.07" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.67 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2000
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687082463 ISBN13 9780687082469
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More About Kenneth J. Collins
Kenneth J. Collins (Ph.D., Drew University) is professor of historical theology and Wesley studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a nationally known Wesley scholar who has written four books on the subject.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley?
One Sided Opinion Nov 13, 2006
The book was basically good, but I must take issue with Collins one sided opinion of Wesley. Wesley had his faults and yet Collins seems to skim over them.
Wesley explained.... Mar 10, 2006
This was a wonderful, brief overview of the life of Wesley. Mr. Collins has provided a rich narrative that details the character strengths and the flaws of this Great Man of Faith.
I am grateful for the text and learned much from it that has impacted me personally.
Trully a great book about an amazing man of God!
Development of Wesley's Theology Apr 15, 2005
'A Real Christian' was very insightful, and balanced. If you want to understand how Wesley developed his theology, or how he matured and developed spiritually, then this is an excellent book.
This book was my introduction to the life of Wesley, but the book may be more suited for people who already have some exposure to this important person.
The author's goal is to go beyond telling Wesley's life story to focusing on his theology.
The back cover description: "[the book] fills a void in available books in Wesleyan-Methodist studies by providing a brief, solid biography that focuses on Wesley himself. At the same time as exploring Wesley's ancestry, birth, death, and every major biographical and theological even between, the theme of the book explorers John Wesley's spiritual growth and maturation."
In other words, the book primarily deals with Wesley's ancestry, birth, death and a few of the major events in his life, but mostly deals with a development of his theology, though the book talks mainly about the subject of Christian perfection, rather than holiness.
The author's writing style can be slow at times, with some run-away sentences. Sentences can average 5-6 lines each. If you're new to John Wesley like I was, then you may want to start with another introduction.
If you're looking for a book that details the development of Wesley's theology on Christian perfection as well as faith and assurance of salvation, then this is the book for you. This book is a good theological history.
A Real Christian = A Real Biography May 28, 2003
Collins provides the reader with a wonderfully concise and through biography of John Wesley. Though Collins places significantly less attention on some of the prominent emphases of Wesley's theology, mainly the perfecting of holiness in the believer, and choosing instead to shift attention to Wesley's lesser (and more ambiguous) emphasis on being a "real Christian" in substitute, the author still maintains a historically intact overview of Wesley's theological journey. The reader should certainly approach this book as a biography as opposed to an exaustive treatment of Wesleyan theology. A rewarding read, I found Collins' style both engaging and informative.
A book to make you think Mar 18, 2002
I read with great interest this biography, hoping to get an overview of a famous man I knew little about. Kenneth Collins has worked hard to present not just the man with all his flaws and brilliance, but also his thinking and the impact it had on our world. In addition to triumphantly succeeding in these goals, Mr. Collins is an excellent writer and keeps the reader's interest. Days later I am still thinking over some of the points he made and evaluating my own life in light of John Wesley's. I highly recommend this book.