I did like reading this book, and I realize that to read Wesley's entire journal (26 bound volumes) would be a rather daunting task, but the task of deciding what entries to include, and what to exclude is affected by the individual doing the editing. This book gives a good introduction into the ministry and life of John Wesley, but I have to wonder if it presents him in an objective manner or is somewhat skewed by the individual who chose the entries to be included. Having been written by Wesley, in the time of his ministry, there are times when the 1700's style of English in which he wrote was a "less than compelling" presentation, but I did enjoy this book as a start for delving into the life and ministry of John Wesley. It would be easily understood by anyone who would read it - it is not presented as a "scholarly text" for graduate students.
Wesley was a passionate man, highly emotional. All you have to do is read the reflective writings in this book to see for yourself. At the same time, he was scholarly, analytical, logical. Wesley was deeply spiritual. In sum, he was multidimensional. Fortunately we get to share some of the difficulty he encountered as we read what he went through at various stages of his life. He agonized over a woman, seeking God's will on the matter. Modern writers would call him a "hopeless romantic." He wrote, "My heart was with Miss Sophy all the time. I longed to see her, were it but for a moment." Wesley's personal library must have been extensive because in his will, which is included in this book, there are numerous references to books. The man traveled extensively as one on a mission from God. Many lives were positively influenced by this man of God. His legacy remains in books such as this one. For that we can thank God.