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Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Iain Murray has 'done his homework' on Jonathan Edwards. Full of illustrations with the well-known painting of Edwards on the cover, the format of the book compliments the rich substance on the inside---thoroughly researched and documented but anything but dry. This is the sort of Christian biography that has been missing from bookstores and libraries for some time---it is modern, but reminds one of the sort of writing men did in the 19th century and early 20th century, during a time when Christianity was still in the heart as well as the mind. A refreshing work that should become the standard biography of Edwards for years to come. Murray has captured the real Edwards much the same way Heiko Oberman has captured the real Luther in his biography of the reformer. Together with Murray's biography of John Wesley, this book presents to the reader all the glory (as well as the controversy) that was the Great Awakening of Christian faith in Britain and the colonies during the time. George Whitefield, often overlooked next to such personalities as Edwards and Wesley, is given his due in Iain Murray's writing. It could be argued that Whitefield was the spark (or the 'lightning rod' as others have called him) of the Great Awakening, which Edwards and Wesley carried forth and perpetuated into lasting revival. Whitefield was friends with both Edwards and Wesley, though he was usually more in agreement with Edwards on matters of theology.
This book is the most outstanding biograpghy written on Edwards for some time. Murray is an excellent researcher and writer. I recommend all his books.