Hearts and Hands: Chronicles of the Awakening Church

Read the stories of the gifted preachers and justice fighters who led the 1st & 2nd Great Awakenings in the 18th and 19th century. Meet the American preacher who started a national revival in his tiny church. Spend time with the wealthy English politician and the former American slave woman who helped abolish slavery in their countries.

Get to know the missionaries who built lasting Christian communities in China, India, and Africa. For the first 1700 years of the church, God’s people worked to define Christian teachings and secure their freedom to worship. Then, they began to see, in a new way, how the power of the gospel should change their feelings both toward Jesus and their fellow human beings.

From John Wesley and Jonathan Edwards to Elizabeth Fry and Sojourner Truth, God used the tender hearts and strong hands of His people to offer mercy to the world. Stories about Johann Sebastian Bach, William Wilberforce, William Carey, Fidelia Fiske, and David Livingstone are also included. Extra features look deeper into issues such as social reform, the French and American Revolutions, and the rise of Protestant Denominations.

Note: Some of the chapters do contain some disturbing content, so we do skip two chapters. This allows us to use this truly excellent resource in a way that is flexible in meeting each family’s unique needs. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently.