Devoted to her family, she passed her dreams on to her famous sons: John – who founded the Methodist movement, and Charles – who provided hymns of faith that still inspire us today.
Mother of John and CharlesSusanna, the twenty-fifth child in her family, prayed daily, "Dear God, guide me. Make my life count." But God's answer seemed to be "Wait." So Susanna waited. And in the meantime, she married the young poet, Samuel Wesley.Life with Samuel took Susanna from her life-long home in London to a new home over a hundred miles to the north. Samuel was a minister, but life in the rectory was not easy. There was never enough money to feed and clothe the family properly. Twice their house burned. One king after another reigned on the throne of England. And Samuel spent years writing his commentary on the Book of Job.Through it all, Susanna devoted herself to her children - nineteen were born, but only nine lived to grow up. Would little Samuel ever learn to talk? How could she make time to spend alone with each of her children? When should she teach the children to read? And would her life ever count for something? As a young woman, Susanna once said, "I hope the fire I start will not only burn all of London, but all of the United Kingdom as well. I hope it will burn all over the world."
The Sowers Series Biographies offer children a chance to experience the Christ-inspired pathways followed by some heroic men and women. Their impact on our lives as well as a great deal of factual information is skillfully presented to the child within the framework of an interest-holding story. Over the years, the Sowers Series books have established their appeal with a wide range of readers. Parents write in to say how much they enjoyed the books while reading them to their children. Children seek out additional titles in this series once they have read their first “Sowers” book.
SUSANNA WESLEY by Charles Ludwig
Author: Charles Ludwig
Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Grade: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Topic: Biography, Educator