Books‎ > ‎

More Reviews and Comments

“This book is hugely readable throughout . . . I certainly recommend this new work on the Evangelical Revival. Its immediate concern with spiritual autobiography makes the book interesting but not obscure.”

—Dan Peters, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology

"In this finely researched and compellingly written account of the hitherto relatively underexplored phenomenon of religious conversions in early modern England… Hindmarsh argues convincingly that… a more nuanced reading of this key historical period of evangelicalism is needed… Evangelical Conversion Narrative will be a first port-of-call for any serious inquiry into this eponymous cultural and religious phenomenon which swept through the Atlantic world in the mid- to late eighteenth century.”

—Paul C.H. Lim, Religious Studies Review

“Hindmarsh’s mastery of the disciplines of theology, history, and literary theory, together with his rigour and sound judgement, will command respect among secular scholars.”

Colin Podmore, Church Times

“…an impressive study.”

John Kent, Journal of Theological Studies

“This new study offers fresh approaches and an array of intriguing insights based on a mountain of scholarship… On the whole, it is an outstanding monograph.”

—Robert Glen, Anglican and Episcopal History


“. . . compelling combination of literary, cultural, historical and theological analysis”   

Christian Century


“This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking work – informed but not overwhelmed by literary theory and alive to wider debates about understandings of the self and society in the eighteenth century.”

            —Mark Smith, International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church


“a clear, reliable and sophisticated account of a central feature of the Evangelical tradition.”

            —David Bebbington, Baptist Quarterly


“This is an outstanding book…Hindmarsh is properly critical, is deeply aware of the context, and is also splendidly readable. This is one of the finest books that I have read on the eighteenth-century evangelical revival.”

            —Ian Randall, Evangelical Quarterly


“He achieves the pacing and language of a great storyteller.”

            —Erin Kelly, Studies in Religion

Exhaustively researched and leavened with dry wit, The Evangelical Conversion Narrative offers a focused and sometimes moving insight into the lives of all sorts and conditions of people, from barely literate laborers to self-consciously literary preachers and poets.”

—Maria M. Scott, Christianity and Literature

“Hindmarsh has provided historians of religion, scholars of life-writing and many others with an invaluable reference tool and a thorough survey of a neglected field.”

—Elspeth Jajdelska, Review of English Studies

“In writing the ‘biography of a genre’ Hindmarsh takes on a challenging task. With historical sensitivity, deep research, and engaging writing he brings to life not just the conversion narrative genre but the thousands of people who turned to it to recount their experiences.”

            —Carrie Hintz, University of Toronto Quarterly

“The most comprehensive, and authoritative, account of spiritual autobiography in 18th-century Methodism.”

            —Brett McInnelly, Literature Compass

“Increased attention to spiritual autobiography . . . a significant revival . . .  It was D. Bruce Hindmarsh’s The Evangelical Conversion Narrative: Spiritual Autobiography in Early Modern England (2005) that opened this renovated trend . . . erudite, and very pleasantly written.”

         —Fabio Battista, StatusQuaestionis

 “These are complex and testing areas, yet Hindmarsh’s handling of his subject matter is superb, revealing depth of knowledge and an engaging style…The differences and similarities between conversions in different parts of the evangelical movement are explored and analysed with finesse…It is a landmark study deserving of the highest praise for its scholarly integrity and breadth of vision.”

—Gareth Lloyd Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies

“ . . . succeeds admirably, providing a nuanced and insightful history of the evangelical conversion narrative, and its meanings for the men and women who chose to tell of their experiences.”

            —Joanna Cruickshank, Melbourne Historical Journal