NOTE: In recent months I have reviewed a number of biographies. Some have been older editions and some newer. My objectives are these: to be uplifted by the faith of past saints, many of whom have struggled and suffered far more than we; to notice parallels in history of circumstances and issues that we face, hoping to see how wise men of the past dealt with them; to put doctrines and perspectives in historical context; and to glean illustrative material from real-life situations. My purpose in reviewing them is simply to tell what I have found.
Jonathan Edwards: The Preacher
By Ralph Turnbull
My copy of this book is a 1958 Baker Book edition. Edwards was the greatest religious mind of the eighteenth century. Of interest is his twenty-four year pastorate in Northampton, Mass. which ended in his dismissal due to a conflict with the parents of the church over the young people’s worldliness. Even after his sermons during the Great Awakening to this congregation, blood ran thicker than water when it came to family ties.