Ellen G. White
Prolific Seventh Day Adventist author
Ellen Gould White (born Harmon) (November 26, 1827 – July 16, 1915) was a prolific author and an American Christian pioneer. She, along with other Sabbatarian Adventist leaders, such as Joseph Bates and her husband James White, formed what is now known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ellen White reported to her fellow believers her visionary experiences.
White was born at Gorham, Maine, the daughter of Robert and Eunice Harmon. When she was still a child, her family moved to Portland, Maine. When Ellen was ten she was struck by a stone, putting her in a coma for three weeks. When she recovered, her devout mother believed she was spared for some divine purpose. For the next six years, the young girl fought a battle to return to a normal state of health.
During a moving evangelistic campaign of William Miller in 1840, Ellen embraced the Adventist faith and looked for the personal return of Christ in October 1844. Being disappointed by this false expectation, and in a state of depression, she held a prayer meeting with four women in December of that year. Subsequently, she had a vision of being transported to heaven and realized that Christ's second advent could not take place unless the great commission was fulfilled.
On August 30, 1846, she married the Reverend James White, born in Palmyra, Maine. He was ordained a minister to the Adventist faith in 1843. In 1864 he became ill and his wife nursed him back to health. This experience turned their thoughts to health reform, and in response to a vision that came to Ellen, the Western Health Reform Institute was founded in 1866 at Battle Creek, Michigan.
After her husband's death in 1881, Ellen traveled about visiting churches and attending conferences and camp meetings. She labored in Europe from 1885 to 1888, and in 1891 she went to Australia, remaining there nine years. In 1901 she directed her interests to the southern states and founded Southern Publishing Association at Nashville, Tennessee, in 1903. She had a definite part in moving the national denominational headquarters to Washington, D.C., in 1907.
During her lifetime she wrote more than 5,000 periodical articles and 40 books. Today, however, including compilations from her 50,000 pages of manuscript, more than 100 titles are available in English. Some of her more popular books include Steps to Christ, The Desire of Ages and The Great Controversy.
Works by Ellen G. White
This book is the fourth volume in White's five-volume series entitled The Conflict of the Ages. The series tells the story of Christian history as told in the Bible, beginning from Genesis and ending in Revelation. The Acts of the Apostles covers the Great Commission to the visions given to John the Revelator, i.e., from the Book of Acts to the Book of Revelation. Her interpretation of history and the Bible is quite original, and provided a theological foundation for the forming of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. White's unique and often controversial ideas address issues relevant to Christian faith and history that many of her contemporaries avoided. Although still highly criticized to this day, her work can challenge readers to look at Christian perspectives on New Testament theology and the progression of history in new or alternative ways.
This book is the third volume in White’s five-volume series entitled The Conflict of the Ages. The series tells the story of Christian history as told in the Bible, beginning from Genesis and ending in Revelation. The Desire of Ages covers the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Her interpretation of history and the Bible is quite original, and provided a theological foundation for the forming of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Like the denomination she helped to develop, her book became the subject of much controversy. In it, she draws on mystical experience and comes to conclusions far different from the mainstream attitudes of her time. Theologians today still criticize her work on the basis of its potentially heretical views on such core doctrines as those of the Trinity or the Incarnation. Even so, her commentary addresses issues relevant to the Christian faith that many others had failed to mention whatsoever, and her unique and influential voice still challenges readers to reevaluate Christian perspectives on Jesus and the progression of history.
In 1858, Ellen G. White felt moved to give her testimony of faith at a funeral she and her husband attended. While giving her testimony, a vision of Christ, Satan, and the apocalypse came over her, and she wrote down everything she could remember when she returned home. She published the documentation of her vision later that same year. The Great Controversy describes what she saw as the ongoing battle between Jesus and Satan throughout the ages, then prophesies about how that battle will end. White's book is considered a foundational text of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, although it has gathered considerable popularity among those of different affiliations.
Ellen White, one of the principle founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, lived an intensely spiritual and even mystical life. She sought a deeply intimate friendship with God in virtually everything she set out to do, sometimes to the point of stirring up controversy. With Steps to Christ, White hopes to share the friendship and love of Christ with her readers. She points to him as the only one able to meet the needs of the soul, forgive sins, and provide peace. This uplifting and hugely influential little volume has gone through countless additions and is available in more than seventy languages.
The Story of Prophets and Kings is the second volume in White’s five-volume series entitled The Conflict of the Ages. The series tells the story of Christian history as told in the Bible, beginning from Genesis and ending in Revelation. The Story of Prophets and Kings covers the time of Solomon until the time of the prophet Malachi. White’s interpretation of the Bible is quite original, and her unique ideas helped provide a theological foundation for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her works diverged far from the mainstream attitudes of her time, and consequently drew considerable criticism. Although still controversial today, her work challenges Christians to engage alternative views of Old Testament theology and the progression of history.
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