Between the summers of 1971 and 1972, Pastor Dores A. Delafield and his wife, Evelyn, conducted seminar-type meetings with ministers, teachers, and laymen throughout Western and Eastern Europe. Often their journeys took them to towns and cities where Ellen White lived and labored between the years 1885 and 1887. Ellen G. White in Europe is the first serious attempt ever to put into print the record of those eventful years when Mrs. White labored so tirelessly on the European continent. Her influence was felt in the evangelistic and institutional expansion of Seventh-day Adventist witnessing in eight European countries. As a preacher and counselor she participated in important conference sessions. She lectured in the major Adventist churches in Europe, meanwhile carrying forward a vast literary work, the influence of which is still felt around the world. Mrs. White appears in this volume not simply as a Christian laborer on the European scene, but as the Lord's special messenger, a warm, friendly human being yet conscientious and faithful in bearing her strong and inspired testimony for the Lord. The book opens an entirely new chapter in her lifework little known to the world and to the vast majority of Seventh-day Adventists. Her diary accounts of her European travels have been drawn from heavily as source material.
This volume traces Ellen Whites activities through her developing Christian experience, the Advent movement and disappointment of 1844, and how she became the recipient of visions. It deals with her place with her husband and Joseph Bates in laying the foundations of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and discloses the vital role the visions had in this development.
Volume two of the Ellen G. White biography traces the development of James and Ellen White's leadership roles in the infant Adventist church. By 1875, their roles were well-defined-James as apostle and organizer; Ellen as messenger of the Lord. During these years of growth, Adventists established sanitariums, schools, camp meetings, and sent their first missionary overseas.
Volume three picks up the Ellen White story at a high point in her ministry–a time when she was writing on the life of Christ and also engaged, with her husband, James, president of the General Conference, in a grueling camp meeting labor that had become a recurring summertime activity. The last years of James White’s life were marked by notable achievements in building the church and its institutions in spite of periods impaired by illness. His rather sudden death at the age of 60 shocked both Ellen White and the church.
The nine years Ellen White spent in Australia introduced her to new and different living and working conditions. It also placed upon her responsibilities in some areas she had not previously borne. She helped begin the work in that continent and continued to write letters of counsel to the leaders of the church in America.
Volume five of the Ellen G. White biography explores Mrs. White’s deep involvement in the events and changes that took place in the Seventh-day Adventist Church during this period: the 1901 and 1903 General Conference Sessions, the Battle Creek Sanitarium fire, the Review and Herald fire, the threat of pantheism, and the establishment of sanitariums in California.
This last volume in the six-volume biography of Ellen White is devoted to the last decade of the fruitful life of this messenger of the Lord. It covers the establishment of the Loma Linda Sanitarium, the San Francisco earthquake, and the establishment of Pacific Union College. During this time she also published the 1911 edition of The Great Controversy, and during the next few years produced several other books.