The autobiography of Charles Finney was published after his death at the request of his friends and family. In the Memoirs of Rev. Charles G. Finney, Finney recounts his childhood years and the story of his conversion, and includes lengthy accounts of numerous revivals in which he participated. These memoirs offer a rare window into Finney’s own theological exploration and the development of his doctrine. In a series of personal revelations, he comes to grips with his own popularity and becomes aware of his responsibility for the emergence of revivalism as one of the traits of authentic Christianity.
- Title: Memoirs of Rev. Charles G. Finney
- Author: Charles Grandison Finney
- Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
- Publication Date: 1876
- Pages: 477
About Charles Grandison Finney
Charles Grandison Finney was born on August 29, 1792 in Litchfield, Connecticut. He studied law, but his plans were altered when he underwent a dramatic conversion experience at the age of 29. Finney later wrote of his conversation experience: “I could feel the impression, like a wave of electricity, going through and through me. Indeed it seemed to come in waves and waves of liquid love” (from Memoirs of Rev. Charles G. Finney, included in this collection).
Finney became pastor of the Free Presbyterian Chatham Street Chapel and later the Broadway Tabernacle. He spoke as a refined and expert orator and became a widely popular evangelist, organizing and preaching at numerous revivals and meetings throughout New England. He also traveled to England. As many as one million people heard Finney preach throughout his career, and many of them underwent conversion experiences. Finney also spoke at length about social issues, and became an ardent abolitionist. In 1835, Finney was appointed as a professor of theology at Oberlin College, and became its president in 1851, where he remained until 1866.
Charles Finney died on August 17, 1875.