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New Biographies on Forgotten 'Uncommon Christian' Evangelist James Brainerd Taylor

Contact: Francis Kyle, Founder, Uncommon Christian Ministries, 360-461-2849, [email protected] 

PORT ANGELES, Wash., Oct. 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- Endorsed by over 35 international evangelists, pastors, professors, church historians, college campus ministers, seminary principals and authors, University Press of America recently released two books on the forgotten "uncommon Christian" evangelist James Brainerd Taylor (1801-1829).

An Uncommon Christian: James Brainerd Taylor, Forgotten Evangelist In America's Second Great Awakening and the edited anthology Of Intense Brightness: The Spirituality of Uncommon Christian James Brainerd Taylor are Francis Kyle's first published works. The pastor-evangelist Kyle is the founder of Uncommon Christian Ministries, and a member of the American Society of Church History, Evangelical Theological Society and Mission America Coalition: Uniting Christians for Evangelism and Revival.

"These two books are a good start to my long-term effort at preserving and reintroducing James Brainerd Taylor and his Bible-based 'uncommon Christianity' to the twenty-first century global church, seminary and university. Taylor defined an ‘uncommon Christian’ as one who is an 'eminently holy, self-denying, cross-bearing, Bible, everyday' Christian.”

The Connecticut-native Taylor was an active participant in the religious revivals that swept the eastern and southern U.S. in the early nineteenth-century. A graduate of The Lawrenceville School (NJ) and Princeton University, and a cousin of the famed missionary David Brainerd (1718-1747), Taylor died while a student at Yale Seminary. He is the primary founder of the Philadelphian Society of Nassau Hall (1825–1930), the spiritual parent to today's Princeton Evangelical Fellowship campus ministry. The Memoir of James Brainerd Taylor was the fifth most printed memoir in the mid-to-late nineteenth century by the largest Christian publisher in America at the time, the American Tract Society. Among other Europeans, the Scottish explorer-missionary to Africa, David Livingstone (1813–1873), read and was inspired by Taylor's memoir. Especially inspiring to Livingstone and others was Taylor's emphasis to himself and his converts to become "uncommon Christians."

The two books can be purchased by contacting University Press of America, a division of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, at 1-800-462-6420 or online at www.univpress.com. All online orders receive a 15% discount. Also, the books can be purchased at most major online retailers, including www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.target.com,  www.borders.com, www.buy.com and www.hotbooksale.com. Visit Uncommon Christian Ministries's website at www.uncommonchristian.com for a full list of available online retailers. List price for An Uncommon Christian is $35; Of Intense Brightness is $27.

For more information about the books and Uncommon Christian Ministries, visit www.uncommonchristian.com and http://franciskyle.blogspot.com, or contact Kyle at (360) 461-2849, [email protected].