Essential facts about John Wesley, as well as a very extensive reading list! 

Born June 28, 1703, at Epworth, Lincolnshire, England. 15th of 19 siblings. Father: Anglican minister. Raised Anglican. Schooled through Oxford University. Childhood distinctions: righteous, bookish. Both parents lived into adulthood. 1709 almost died in rectory fire. 1714 entered Charterhouse school in London. 1720 entered Oxford. 1724 graduated Oxford. 1725 ordained deacon. 1726 Fellow at Oxford. 1727 ordained priest. 1729 joined brother Charles' Holy Club (derisively called 'Methodists'). 1735 began 55-year journal. 1736 in America (with Charles) to serve Georgia colony, published (with Charles) hymnal. 1737 fled America. 1738 'infilling of the Holy Spirit' experience (London), visited Moravians in Germany. 1739 in Bristol first field preached, formed Methodist societies. 1740 opened Foundry chapel at (London) 1741 broke with George Whitefield over predestination, approved lay preaching for Methodists. 1744 first Methodist conference, scathing speech at Oxford. 1747 published medical book. 1749 feuded with Charles over Grace Murray. 1751 married Molly Vazeille (with whom he had no children). 1753 nearly died from illness. 1771 separated from wife. 1777 started Arminian magazine. 1778 opened City Road chapel (London) 1784 ordained Methodist ministers for America. 1786 affirmed Methodists in England would remain Anglican. Died March 2, 1791. Buried City Road chapel in London.

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BY JOHN WESLEY:
(ed. Robert E. Coleman) The Heart of Wesley's Journal . Grand Rapids, MI:                                  PB
     Kregel Pub., 1989.
(ed. Thomas Jackson)
The Works of Rev. John Wesley, 7 Vol. Grand Rapids, MI:                          HC
     Baker Book House, 1996.
Plain Account of Christian Perfection. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press Intl, 1952.                            PB
Young, Charles R.,
Music of the Heart: John and Charles Wesley on Music and                            PB
     Musicians: an Anthology. Carole Stream, IL: Hope Publishing, 1995.
Jarboe, Betty M.,
Wesley Quotations: Excerpts from the Writings of John Wesley                       HC
     and Other Family Members. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1990.
Jarboe, Betty M.,
John and Charles Wesley: A Bibliography (Atla Bibliography                            HC
     No. 22). Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1987.
(ed. J. E. Rattenbury)
Eucharistic Hymns of John and Charles Wesley. OSL Pub., 1990.  HC    PB
(ed. Keith Beasley-Topliffe)
A Longing for Holiness : Selected Writings of John Wesley.            PB
     Nashville: Upper Room 1997
(ed. Albert C. Outler and others)
John Wesley's Sermons: An Anthology. Nashville:                    PB
     Abingdon Press, 1991.
(ed. Roger G. Schoenhals)
Wesley's Notes on the Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1987.          PB
Explanatory Notes upon the Old and New Testament. Salem, OH: Schmul Pub., 1975.                HC
Happiness unlimited: John Wesley's commentary on the Sermon on the Mount.                          PB
The Holy Spirit and Power.                                                                                                                                PB
(ed. Rev. N. Burwash)
Wesley's Fifty-Two Standard Sermons. Salem: Ohio: Schmul                  PB
     Publishing Co., 1967.
John Wesley's Sunday Service of the Methodists in North America.                                                  PB
Personal Prayers.                                                                                      PB
Primitive Remedies
.                                                                                  PB
(with Charles Wesley)
Songs and Sermons.                                    PB
(ed. Clare Weakley)
The Nature of Revival. (Wesley Library for Today's Reader)                          PB
     The Nature of Salvation.                                                                                                                                  PB
     
The Nature of Spiritual Growth.                                                                                                                  PB
Following 'TWJW' volumes are in 'The Works of John Wesley' (Abingdon Press, Nashville) :
(ed. Albert C. Outler and others) Sermons I, 1-33, V. 01 in TWJW, 1988.
(ed. Albert C. Outler and others)
Sermons II, 34-70, V. 02 in TWJW, 1988.                                      HC
(ed. Albert C. Outler and others)
Sermons III : 71-114, V. 03 in TWJW, 1988.                                  HC
(ed. Albert C. Outler and others)
Sermons IV : 115-151,V. 04 in TWJW, 1988.                                  HC
(ed. Franz Hildebrandt and others)
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the                                HC
     People Called Methodists
, V. 07 in TWJW, 1989.
(ed. Rupert E. Davies)
The Methodist Societies : History, Nature, and Design, V. 09                  HC
     in TWJW, 1989.
(ed. Gerald R. Cragg)
The Appeals to Men of Reason and Religion and Certain Related            HC
     Open Letters
, V. 11 in TWJW, 1989.
(ed. W. Reginald Ward et al)
Journal and Diaries I (1735-38), V. 18 in TWJW, 1988.                    HC
(ed. W. Reginald Ward et al)
Journal and Diaries II (1738-43), V. 19 in TWJW, 1990.                  HC
(ed. W. Reginald Ward et al)
Journal and Diaries III, (1743-1754), V. 20 in TWJW, 1991.          HC
(ed. W. Reginald Ward et al)
Journal and Diaries, IV (1755-65), V. 21 in TWJW, 1992.                HC
(ed. W. Reginald Ward et al)
Journals and Diaries V (1765-75), V. 22 in TWJW, 1993.                HC
(ed. W. Reginald Ward et al)
Journal and Diaries VI, (1776-86), V. 23 in TWJW, 1995.                HC
(ed. W. Reginald Ward)
Journal and Diaries VII, (1787-1791), V. 24 in TWJW, 1995.                    HC
(ed. Frank Baker)
Letters I 1721-1739, V. 25 in TWJW, 1987.                                                                  HC
(ed. Frank Baker)
Letters II 1740-1755, V. 26 in TWJW, 1987.                                                                HC

ABOUT JOHN WESLEY'S LIFE AND TIMES:
(ed. John R. Tyson) Charles Wesley: a Reader. Oxford University Press, 1999.                              PB
(ed. Charles Wallace, Jr.)
Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings. Oxford Un. Press, 1997.  HC
Brailsford, Mabel R.,
A Tale of Two Brothers: John & Charles Wesley. New York:
     Oxford University Press, 1954.

Briggs, Asa, How they lived, V. III, 1700-1815.  New York: Barnes & Noble, 1968.
Chilcote, Paul Wesley,
John Wesley and the Women Preachers of Early Methodism                    HC
     (Atla Monograph Series, No. 25). Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1991.
Church, L.F.,
Knight of the Burning Hearts: the Story of John Wesley. New York:
     Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1952.
Coe, Bufford W.,
John Wesley and Marriage. Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh Univ. Press, 1996.            HC
Dallimore, Arnold A.,
Susanna Wesley. Baker Book House, 1993.                                                        PB
Ethridge, Willie Snow,
Strange Fires. New York: Vanguard Press Inc., 1971.                                    PB
Green, Vivian. H. H.,
Young Mr. Wesley. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1961.                                  PB
Gill, Frederick C., In the Steps of John Wesley. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1962.
The 1662 Book of Common Prayer. UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997.                                      PB
Harman, Rebecca L., Susanna: Mother of the Wesleys. Nashville: Abingdon, 1968.
Heitzenrater Richard P., The Elusive Mr. Wesley : John Wesley As Seen by                                    PB
     Contemporaries and Biographers.
Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1984.
Heitzenrater Richard P.,
The Elusive Mr. Wesley : John Wesley His Own Biographer.                PB
     Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1984.
Lee, Umphrey,
The Lord's Horseman. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1928.
Luccock, Halford E. and Paul Hutchinson, The Story of Methodism. Nashville:
     Abingdon Press, 1926.

Naglee, David Ingersoll, From Everlasting to Everlasting : John Wesley on Eternity                  HC
     and Time.
New York: Peter Lang Publishing ,1991.
Naglee, David Ingersoll
, From Font to Faith : John Wesley on Infant Baptism and                      HC
     the Nurture of Children
. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1987.
Rogal, Samuel J.,
John Wesley in Ireland, 1747-1789 : Part 1 (Studies in the History                    HC
     of Missions, Vol. 9). Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellon Press, 1993.
Rogal, Samuel J.,
John Wesley in Ireland, 1747-1789 : Part 2 (Studies in the History                    HC
     of Missions, Vol. 9). Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellon Press, 1993.
Rogal, Samuel J.,
John Wesley in Wales, 1739-1790 : Lions and Lambs (Studies in                        HC
     the History of Missions, Vol. 11) Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellon Press, 1995.
Schmidt, Martin,
John Wesley: a Theological Biography, 2 Vol. New York: Nashville:
     Abingdon Press, 1962, 1966.

Tyson, John R., Charles Wesley on Sanctification.                                                                                    PB
Wellman, Sam,
John Wesley: Founder of the Methodist Church. Barbour Pub., 1997        HC      PB
Wilder, Franklin,
Father of the Wesleys. Jericho, New York: Exposition Press, 1971.                  PB

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