"The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism is a brilliant examination of the historical forces that shaped the rise of the evangelical movement. No one writes about evangelicals with greater sensitivity than Hindmarsh, who never loses sight of the spiritual hopes of both leaders and ordinary people. This is a beautifully written, deeply learned book."

—Catherine Brekus, Harvard University

"Early evangelicals like John Wesley and George Whitefield spoke much about 'true religion.' But no one before Bruce Hindmarsh has explored in such comprehensive detail what evangelical spirituality actually meant. Deep research into sources from the evangelicals--but interpreted in light of the art, science, legal reasoning, and philosophy of the age--makes this book an extraordinary tour de force. The result is a treasure trove of historical, psychological, and (yes) spiritual insight."

—Mark Noll, author of The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys

"Bruce Hindmarsh shows that the spirit of early evangelicalism did not drop from the sky (as partisans liked to suppose) or burst from the ground (as debunkers liked to claim) but emerged from a vibrant coalescence of medieval Catholic spirituality and modern notions of art, law, science, and communications. This is a work of deep research, luminous prose, and interdisciplinary dexterity. Hindmarsh swings for the fences, asking serious questions about serious issues that mattered then and continue to matter today."

—Grant Wacker, author of America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation

"An artfully written, insightful, and sometimes brilliant account of evangelicalism in its original eighteenth century forms. I highly recommend The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism to anyone who wishes to understand the essence of the movement."

—George Marsden, author of Jonathan Edwards: A Life

“A landmark study, not only of evangelical conversion narratives, but also of evangelical conversions themselves. It is the best book ever published by a North American on eighteenth-century evangelical religion.”                       

—Mark A. Noll, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

“Hindmarsh’s great strength is that he combines the interests and methods of a theologian, a religious historian, a literary critic, and a book historian, and he has made a substantial contribution to debates about the formation of modern identity, taking issue with those who see the religious narratives of this period as throwbacks.”

—Isabel Rivers, Modern Language Review

"Hindmarsh's study is definitive in many respects, most notably in its breadth of vision, its analytical precision, and its evident compassion." 

—Phyllis Mack, American Historical Review  

"An absolutely excellent book that will be required reading for the period. " 

—W. R. Ward, Theology.

 "This is likely to be the standard work on the subject for a considerable time to come." 

—Henry Rack, Journal of Ecclesiastical History  

“Hindmarsh has landed upon an important yet surprisingly understudied theme, researched it thoroughly, and explored it in a wide-ranging and insightful manner. The Evangelical Conversion Narrative deserves to be read, discussed, and cited for many years to come.”                             

—Timothy Larsen, English Historical Review

"With this brilliant work, impeccably researched and compellingly written, Hindmarsh has established himself as a leading historian of 18th-century evangelicalism. "

          Jonathan R. Baer, Reviews in Religion and Theology

"This excellent book is a sensitive combination of historical investigation, literary criticism, social analysis, psychological awareness, and religious evaluation . . . it should be read by every serious student of eighteenth-century Christianity." 

           Richard P. Heitzenrater, Church History 

The Evangelical Conversion Narrative fills an inexplicably hitherto vacant niche in our understanding of religious first-person narratives in the eighteenth-century English-speaking world.”

            —Christina Marie Devlin, Journal of Religion

“This book cannot be too warmly commended for its comprehensive scholarship.  We see Newton steadily and see him whole.”

            —Gordon Wakefield, Theology

 “The analysis offered by this study seems incontrovertable.  Hindmarsh has deployed an unusual combination of historical, theological, and literary gifts to illuminate John Newton and the English evangelical movement he epitomized. . . . It rests partly on a number of fresh sources that Hindmarsh has uncovered.  Its organization of its own themes is masterly.  And it is so readable.  It provides what is now certainly the best introduction to the world of eighteenth-century evangelicalism in England.”

            —David Bebbington, Books and Culture

“It is a fine offering, and has given your reviewer more pleasure than anything he has read for a long time. . . . This is a really notable volume, and one that will long delight and instruct English eighteenth-century scholars.” 

—W. R. Ward, Church History

“There is not better account of an eighteenth-century Evangelical parish priest than this.  Though Hindmarsh chronicles the career of one man, his is in many ways a microcosmic study which touches on many aspects of the Evangelical Revival in its ‘heroic’ early stages.  The book is finely nuanced and written with style and clarity.”

            —John Walsh, Journal of Theological Studies

 “a study packed with scholarship and characterized by theological erudition and sensitivity”

—David Hempton, Anglican and Episcopal History

 “a milestone in evangelical historiography”

            —Donald M. Lewis, Canadian Evangelical Review

 ‘This book is a gem.”

            —Victor Shepherd, Christian Week

 “This monograph is packed with acute historical and theological observation, based on wide manuscript research.”

            —John Pollock, Church of England Newspaper

 “succeeds marvelously”

            —Douglas A. Sweeney, Journal of Ecclesiastical History