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Boundless Salvation

The Shorter Writings of William Booth

Edited By Andrew M Eason and Roger J. Green

William Booth (1829–1912) is remembered for the major role he played in founding the Salvation Army, an evangelical organization now operating in more than 120 countries. Few people, however, are aware of the fact that Booth was also a prolific author. During his long lifetime he wrote countless articles and speeches on a variety of topics, ranging from Christian doctrine to female ministry and missionary work. The most important of these shorter writings are presented in one volume for the first time here, along with perceptive commentary by two leading scholars of the Salvation Army. Boundless Salvation: The Shorter Writings of William Booth convincingly demonstrates that Booth’s enormous accomplishments arose from deeply held religious convictions. It argues persuasively that his life and ministry must be understood in relation to the Methodist theology and transatlantic revivalism that inspired and guided him. By showcasing and analyzing these religious contexts, this edited collection sheds considerable light on a towering figure of the Victorian period. In the process, it offers valuable insight into the origins and development of the Salvation Army, one of the most remarkable organizations to arise during the nineteenth century. Boundless Salvation: The Shorter Writings of William Booth will appeal to a broad readership, especially to those with an interest in religion and history.
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The idea for this volume emerged more than thirty years ago when I first met Roger Green at an event in Toronto. During the course of one of his lectures on that occasion, Dr. Green made reference to what he considered the “ten most important shorter writings of William Booth.” In the intervening years, we have talked on a number of occasions about the possibility of making these writings available to a wider audience. However, no serious attempt was made to bring this idea to fruition until the appointment of Dr. Andrew Eason to the faculty of Booth University College in 2009 and the subsequent establishment of the Centre for Salvation Army Studies.

The partnership of Roger Green and Andrew Eason in the collection of these writings and the provision of concise introductions to them is fortunate. Roger Green has established himself as the leading biographer of the founders of the Salvation Army, having written major biographies of both William and Catherine Booth. His knowledge of the early history of the Salvation Army, and especially of its founders, is acknowledged widely. Andrew Eason is emerging as a prolific scholar of the history of the Salvation Army. His research interests are wide-ranging and reflect the global impact of the Army. Together, Professors Green and Eason have produced a volume that provides not only a selection of the shorter writings of William Booth, but also informative introductions that will contextualize these selections.

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