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Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield
     

Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield

by Stephen Mansfield
 

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For many of those who are even familiar with his name, George Whitfield is thought of as a preacher, a man connected with the Great Awakening in the 1700s. While this is true, it is only part of the story. As a student at Oxford University, he experienced a spiritual awakening under the influence of John Wesley's Methodists and immediately began tending to prisoners,

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For many of those who are even familiar with his name, George Whitfield is thought of as a preacher, a man connected with the Great Awakening in the 1700s. While this is true, it is only part of the story. As a student at Oxford University, he experienced a spiritual awakening under the influence of John Wesley's Methodists and immediately began tending to prisoners, caring for the poor, and preaching the Christian gospel. He met with astounding success, in time speaking to larger crowds than had ever gathered in the history of England. Whitefield became the most famous man of his age. His impact upon the American colonies, however, may have been his most lasting gift. In seven tours of the colonies, Whitfield preached from Georgia to Maine, calling the colonists to spiritual conversion and challenging them in their sense of national destiny. He befriended men like Benjamin Franklin, converted men like Patrick Henry, and inspired men like George Washington. Furthermore, when he learned that England intended to tighten her control over the colonies, Whitefield warmed his American friends in sermon after sermon and even accompanied Benjamin Franklin to make the American case in the Court of Saint James. Many of the colonists considered him the father of their revolution. Forgotten Founding Father captures the early struggles and international successes of this amazing leader. The result is a portrait of a gifted but flawed human who yielded himself as a tool in the hands of a sovereign God. Also portrayed is how important Whitfield was to the American cause and how much Americans today owe to him -- a story that will inspire a new generation with a past vividly and truthfully retold.

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Children's Literature
In this detailed, documented and interestingly told new biography—one in the "Leaders in Action" series—a clear and unique composite of the Oxford-bred preacher emerges like a butterfly from its cocoon. Whitefield's (pronounced wit-field) 34-year ministry—most often laden with hardships and strength-draining duties—led him throughout his homeland of England to the American Colonies, to Scotland, to Wales, and to Holland. It placed him strategically connected to the Great Awakening of the 1700s;and, it paired him with American patriots such as Benjamin Franklin and Patrick Henry. The first half of the book chronicles the fifty-six years of George's life, while the second half topically journals what many knew of or experienced with him—"When he (George) arrived in the colonies," says historian Mark Noll, "he was simply an event." Though some readers may argue about his Christian teachings, they certainly cannot escape an Amen about the Christian life he lived. 2001, Cumberland House, $14.95. Ages 13 up. Reviewer:Patricia Timbrook

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ISBN-13:
9781620458518
Publisher:
Cumberland House Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
1,132,163
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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