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Ellen G. White: The Early Elmshaven Years: 1900-1905 (vol. 5), Page 9


An Explanation the Author Would Like to Have You Read

The development of this biography of Ellen G. White, parts of which are still in preparation, has been to the author a confidence-confirming experience. It is a large task but a pleasurable one. At or near the outset a number of decisions were called for:

What kind of biography would it be?

For whom were we writing?

How many pages would be devoted to treating the more than 25,000 days of Ellen White's active ministry in the united states, europe, and australia?

Where would we begin the account?

Aside from articles in encyclopedias and works presenting the lives of notable women, the only available published accounts presenting Ellen White's life are Spiritual Gifts, volume II, published in 1860 and titled “My Christian Experience, Views and Labors in Connection with the Rise and Progress of the Third Angel's Message”; an introductory “Biographical Sketch of Ellen G. White,” filling the first 112 pages of Testimonies for the Church, volume 1, published in 1885; and Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, issued just after her death in 1915. The first two, of course, could carry her life only up to publication dates, 1860 and 1885, respectively. The latter treats her early life quite fully, but leaves us with years hardly mentioned in her mid-life and relatively little about her later years.

In planning this biography I saw Ellen White's life divided rather naturally into six eras:

The Early Years—1827-1862

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