The Evangelical Conversion Narrative: Spiritual Autobiography in Early Modern England

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, thousands of ordinary women and men experienced evangelical conversion and turned to a certain form of spiritual autobiography to make sense of their lives. This book traces the rise and progress of conversion narrative as a unique form of spiritual autobiography in early modern England. After outlining the emergence of the genre in the seventeenth century and the revival of the form in the journals of the leaders of the EvangelicalRevival, the central chapters of the book examine extensive archival sources to show the subtly different forms of narrative identity that appeared among Wesleyan Methodists, Moravians, Anglicans, Baptists, and others. Attentive to the unique voices of pastors and laypeople, women and men, Western andnon-Western peoples, the book establishes the cultural conditions under which the genre proliferated.

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Introduction
1
The Rise of Popular Conversion Narrative
33
Evangelical Awakening in the Eighteenth Century
61
George Whitefield and John Wesley
88
The Early Methodist Laypeople
130
Moravian Narrative Culture
162
Conversions at Cambuslang
193
The Lives of the Early Methodist Preachers
226
Conversion Narrative and Personality
261
Conversion Narrative and the Gathered Church
287
Evangelical Conversion Narrative and its Alternatives
321
Bibliography
350
Index
373
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D. Bruce Hindmarsh is James M. Houston Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver.

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