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Bread of Heaven
The Life and Work of William Williams, Pantycelyn
by Eifion Evans
Publisher:Bryntirion Press from Evangelical Press
This hardback volume is an extensive and detailed survey of the life and ministry of William Williams, best know for his hymns, Guide me, O thou great Jehovah etc.; but not so well known as an extensive poetry-writer and theological thinker. Williams was a leader in the Welsh Evangelical Revival of the 18th century alongside Howell Harris, Daniel Rowland and others, the effective founders of Calvinistic Methodism in Wales.
Born into a humble and godly farming family in east Carmarthenshire, Williams intended to enter the medical profession but, after hearing Howell Harris preach in Talgarth churchyard, sensed a call by God to enter Christian ministry. He was never ordained but became one of the great Welsh theological thinkers, an able preacher and one of the foremost Welsh hymn-writers of his day. He was no stranger to theological controversy and saw a great revival take effect throughout Mid-Wales.
It is a fascinating story, heavy-going at times, but rewarding for the insights it gives into the origins of Evangelical Christianity in the Province and the interaction of some of the key figures involved.
Reviewer: Graham Wise (10/07/12)