William E. Boardman, born in 1810, was a skeptical young man who was dramatically saved and began studying for the ministry. The temptation of riches soon drew him back to a business career until financial setbacks and his godly wife led him to recommit his life. He wrote The Higher Christian Life in 1858, which became an immediate best-seller. He went on to write several other books and began an international speaking ministry. His meetings in England were the beginnings of the well-known Keswick Convention. Boardman’s ministry continued until his death in 1886.