Elizabeth Prentiss: More Love to Thee
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This is the first full-scale biography of Elizabeth Prentiss, since the Memoir written by her husband in 1882. Sharon James tells the story of a fascinating, gifted, and godly woman, who exercised a wide influence in America and beyond through her novels and other writings. Through various tragedies in her own life, Elizabeth came to the conviction that suffering is ‘Christ’s school’ whereby we learn more of the love of God. Her various writings vividly communicate the joy of surrendering every detail of life to God, and the liberation of fully embracing his sovereignty.
Sharon James effectively takes readers into Elizabeth’s world, offering insights into some of the realities of life for women in the nineteenth century. She also helpfully places Elizabeth in the context of her time. This was the century during which the ideal of ‘true womanhood’ was promoted- it was also the era when theology suffered a down-grade due to the so-called ‘sentimentalisation’ of culture.
This biography is not merely of historical interest. The longing of Elizabeth’s life was summed up in her best-known hymn: ‘More love, O Christ, to Thee’. Her story demonstrates that every Christian can grow in love to God- both through obedience in the duties of everyday life, and through the tragedies which most of us will, at some point, confront.
About the Author
Sharon James is an author and conference speaker, who has spoken to many different audiences on biblical womanhood, both in the UK and abroad. She has degrees in history (Cambridge University) and theology (M.Div., Toronto Baptist Seminary), and has taught History in the UK and Malawi (“in the middle of tea fields with a stunning view of the beautiful Mount Mulanje”).
Her books include: God’s Design for Women, My Heart in His Hands: Ann Judson of Burma, In Trouble and in Joy, Elizabeth Prentiss: ‘More Love to Thee’ (published by the Trust), and Gentle Rain on Tender Grass: Daily Readings from the Pentateuch.
Sharon is married to Bill, who is pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, where they have been since 1991. She leads the women’s ministry team and assists Bill with pastoral work and the Church’s strategic ministry to students from Warwick University, besides travelling widely as a speaker on women’s and family issues. Bill and Sharon have two children, Peter and Lydia, both committed members of the Church.
Sharon is the daughter of Erroll and Lyn Hulse and grew up in a manse ‘where God’s glory was regarded as more important than anything else’. She was convicted of her need of salvation around the age of eleven, was baptized and joined the church at the age of fourteen. She and Bill both studied at Cambridge, and were both heavily involved in the university Christian Union and at Eden Baptist Chapel. Two years after their marriage, and the confirmation of Bill’s call to the ministry, they studied together at Toronto Baptist Seminary for three years, before coming to Emmanuel.
Sharon is now pursuing a doctorate, looking at the reconfiguration of family in England since 1960 and examining how evangelicals have responded to these changes.