In this engaging and artful overview, Russell Richey, Kenneth Rowe, and Jean Miller Schmidt, some of Methodism’s most respected teachers, give readers a vivid picture of soulful terrain of the Methodist experience in America. The authors highlight key themes and events that continue to shape the Church. Knowing their history, Methodists are better positioned, prepared, and inspired for faithful witness and holy living.
American Methodism: A Compact History is an ideal introductory textbook. Comprehensive, up-to-date, and informative, it is also highly readable, balanced, and inspiring. I can think of no better place to begin the study of American Methodism.
--Jason Vickers, Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, United Theological Seminary
American Methodism: A Compact History is an ideal introductory textbook. Comprehensive, up-to-date, and informative, it is also highly readable, balanced, and inspiring. I can think of no better place to begin the study of American Methodism. --Jason Vickers
In American Methodism: A Compact History, Richey, Rowe, and Schmidt provide an expertly crafted treatment of American Methodism. By skillfully building upon and referencing important complementary texts in the field of United Methodist Studies, this text is a significant contribution.
--Laceye Warner, Duke University Divinity School
In this Compact History, the three most influential contemporary scholars of United Methodist history have written a usable, insightful, and helpful narrative of the Church since its earliest days. Like their more comprehensive volume, they have included a wide-ranging diversity of traditions, ethnic groups, and cultural trends that have shaped the UMC. For laity, clergy, and seekers, this book is an important resource for understanding American Methodism.
--Scott J. Jones, Bishop, Kansas Area, The United Methodist Church
Russell Richey, Kenneth Rowe, and Jeane Miller Schmidt have brilliantly accomplished the exceptionally difficult task of distilling the scholarly essence of their larger works into a more concentrated and accessible form but without compromising the academic excellence and narrative interest of the originals. The resulting volume is sure to become a classroom classic.
--Rex D. Matthews, Associate Professor in the Practice of Historical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Emory University