Hearts and Hands

Hearts and Hands

Hearts and Hands: Chronicles of the Awakening Church
History Lives, Vol. 4

by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
Christian Focus Publications, 224 pages
ISBN: 1845502884

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Publisher Description: Let history come to life—just the way it should. Read the stories of the gifted preachers and justice fighters who led the First and Second Great Awakenings in the 18th and 19th centuries. Meet the American preacher who started a national revival in his tiny church. Spend time with the wealthy English politician and the former American slavewoman who helped abolish slavery in their countries. Get to know the missionaries who built lasting Christian communities in China, India, Africa, and Iran.

For the first 1700 years of the church, God’s people had worked to define Christian teachings and secure their freedom to worship. Now they began to see in a new way how the power of the gospel should change their feelings toward Jesus and their fellow human beings. From John Wesley and Jonathan Edwards to Elizabeth Fry and Harriet Beecher Stowe, God used the tender hearts and strong hands of his people to offer mercy to the world.

Extra features throughout this book look deeper into issues such as social reform, national revolutions, the development of church music, and the rise of Protestant denominations.

This is the fourth in a series intended to cover the history of the Christian church through its people and key events. They are written with 9-14 year olds in mind but the modern, relaxed and enthusiastic style is infectious.

Contents: This volume spans the years from 1700 to 1860. Chapters highlight the lives of Jonathan Edwards, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Wesley, William Wilberforce, William Carey, Elizabeth Fry, Liang Fa, Adoniram and Ann Judson, Fidelia Fiske, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and David Livingstone. Additional background features include: Awakening Church Timeline; What was the Awakening Church?; The Development of Church Music; An Era of Social Reform; Revolutions and Rebellions; A New Method of Missions; The Rise of Protestant Denominations; Other Christians of the Awakening Church; and The Beginnings of the Modern World.

On the cover: Colonial American preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards is pictured preaching at his Northampton, Massachusetts church in 1734.