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Selina: Countess of Huntingdon: Her Pivotal Role in the 18th Century Evangelical Awakening Hardcover – November 1, 2001
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What this biography has done for me is to shed much light on the relationships between the outstanding 18th century revival men, all greatly influenced by Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon. George Whitefield, John and Charles Wesley, Howell Harris, John Berridge, Henry Venn, Grimshaw, Romaine, and on and on. I knew that the Countess had a pivotal role in encouraging the planting of evangelical churches in England and Wales, but I was unaware of how far her influence extended. But this is no hagiography. Faith Cook analyzes with honesty not only the strength of this great Christian lady, but also brings to light her weaknesses. As a noble lady, she was used to having her own way, and so this aspect of her personality sometimes clashed with other leaders such as John Wesley, who were also accustomed to having their words heeded. But through it all, they loved one another for the mutual faith they shared.
Christian women, as well as men, should love this book. Not many women in the 18th century, when the lot of women was often not a happy one, had the opportunity to support the cause of the evangelical Gospel as she did. This book has been a joy to read
Selina Hastings was born in the upper class in England, and had money, power, and influence. After being converted, she used all of these to advance the Gospel in England for the rest of her life. She spent thousands of pounds to build chapel buildings, started a preachers college and helped poor preachers. She hired Whitefield as her personal chaplain so as to provide the opportunity for him to preach to members of her noble circle - including princes and relatives to kings! She constantly shared the gospel with her friends, family and acquaintances. In all her entire life is an inspiration, an example of one who lived her whole life for Christ. At the end, she was selling property to get the funds to build more chapels!
I highly recommend this book. In face, I'm planning to give away copies for Christmas this year.