A Christian Library by John Wesley

I try to search original writings by John Wesley on a fairly regular basis. Sometimes, I find myself searching many sources.  I found this collection at the Wesley Center Online to be really accessible. The Wesley Center Online website is a collection of historical and scholarly resources about the Wesleyan Tradition, theology, Christianity, and the Church of the Nazarene.

Here is the link to the collection:


Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A Christian Library

These “Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,” as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition of these classics, published in 30 volumes.

Drs. Stanley Crow of Boise, Idaho, and Herbert McGonigle of the Nazarene Theological College, Didsbury, England allowed the Wesley Center to scan their personal copies of the these priceless volumes. Dr. Randy Maddox of Duke University allowed use of his index of Wesley’s sources and his expanded table of contents.

Here is the Table of Contents for Volume 1 to give you an indication of what is included:


The Epistles Of The Apostolical Fathers, St. Clement, St. Ignatius, St. Polycarp,The Martyrdoms Of St. Ignatius And St. Polycarp.

The Homilies Of Macarius

An Extract Of John Arndt’s True Christianity, Part I

An Extract Of John Arndt’s True Christianity, Part II

The Second Book, Part I

The Second Book, Part II

The Third Book

The Fourth Book

I’ll be exploring here some more over the next few months.

I appreciated this vocabulary aide:


A sampling:

bowels center of emotion; often what we mean by “heart”
charity love
conversation (often means)                            manner of life
disinterested impartial                            (e.g., “disinterested love for all”)
ejaculation exclamation
end (often means)                            purpose, goal (e.g., “to what end”)
filial pertaining                            to sonship (e.g., “filial love”)
intercourse interaction,                            relationship
meet fit, proper
nice overly concerned                            with what is socially proper
peculiar                            (“peculiar people”) particular,                            distinct

About Tom Bolton

I'm a Husband and Dad, an Enterprise Systems Manager at the City of Milwaukee, and a Disciple and Lay Servant at First United Methodist of West Allis. I love working beside young people. As I study the Bible, sometimes I feel moved to work through my understanding by writing poetry. I also am going through a process to discern my calling, and to learn more about Christian Leadership. Sometimes I just feel like writing about something that grabs my attention too.
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2 Responses to A Christian Library by John Wesley

  1. Noel Williams (prhayz) www.prhayz.com says:

    This is valuable stuff Tom. John Wesley is an icon. I have been fascinated by his work ever since I was a kid. If he were Catholic he would have been canonize.
    Thank you so much for sharing. God blessed!

    • Tom Bolton says:

      Thanks Noel. I love Wesley too. I have a lot of his writing in my library, but sometimes it is a difficult read for me–but a worthwhile journey through the writings!

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