The Great River – Primitive Methodism Till 1868 

Synopsis

The Great River tells the story of Primitive Methodists from their early vibrant evangelistic beginnings until they slowed down and approached a plateau. The story has implications for the whole of the movement in Britain while being illustrated mainly from events in Hampshire. The Primitive Methodist way of life, persecution, morality and legalism, gospel message and interaction with folk religion and other Nonconformist bodies are presented with a wealth of detail all arranged into a readable and remarkable narrative. Historians of the period, both secular and religious, will learn from this text; others will see models of religious heroism.

Reviews

Mr Young has read widely in Primitive Methodist sources and in Hampshire history and is acquainted with the leading scholars of 19th century religion. He offers biographies of the preachers and narratives of the early history of the societies, before turning to consider the appeal of Primitive Methodism in its message and methods … a significant local storyMethodist Recorder

 

a fascinating insight into the personalities and their exploits. This readable account provides stories of persecution, morality, the gospel message, and interaction with folk religion.  – The Ranters’ Digest

 

a carefully researched profile of pioneering evangelism … a sobering insight into the dire social conditions … an uphill struggle against ruthless and powerful men met with heroic, evangelistic persistence. Beside the sheer enjoyment of reading the history of God’s work, the book reminds us to persevere in the gospel. It also warns against diversions from central matters.Evangelical Times

 

This masterly account is both inspiring and scholarly. Historians of the period, both secular and religious, will learn from this text; others will see models of religious heroism. – Prof. W. K. Kay, Glyndwr University

 

David Young has written about a movement for which he clearly has considerable appreciation in an area of the country which he knows well.Evangelicals Now

 

Publish Details

Price: £6.50 (including postage)

Publisher: Tentmaker Publications (www.tentmakerpublications.com)

ISBN: 978-1-911005-02-5