The author of (1950) strikes light and fire from a rather solemn and adult subject in this fine biography of the founder of Methodism. Product of a childhood poor in material goods, but rich in family cooperation and courage, John Wesley was forced to take the humble path of hard work and discipline. Ordained in the Church of England, Wesley continued his studies, and began his great work with the poor -- attempting to alleviate within his limited means, their hardships, but most important, going out into the fields, outside the mines of Newcastle to preach to the people who were little more than serfs to the rich. Defying outraged mobs, set on him by those who feared his attraction for the ""massen"", Wesley with his brother Charles, channeled his love of God into acts of kindness and social service, and into song. A vivid presentation which utilizes naturally dramatic incidents and sharp, forceful speech.