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David Brainerd's recorded life speaks my heart and breath--my longings for my heavenly home. This is a must read for all as it washes away the deceiving beguilement of trendy Christianity.
Traveling through his pages of life, you witness his true mission that of only knowing Christ and Him crucified, 1 Corinthians 2:1-2. He was one of few who despised this vile world with its entertaining ways.
His soul displayed was that of a faithful, humble, loyal pastor who ministered to the natives in isolated areas of New England. He never set himself above these socially rejected ones who he found to be quite refreshing in contrast to snobbish white folk. He became known among fur trappers as "the man who trapped Indians with love."
Below are experts from David Brainerd's diary. The initial are the quotes of "His Heart." The following are observances of "His Natives."
"I know I long for God and conformity to His will, in inward purity and holiness, ten thousand times more than for anything here below."
"God was so precious to my soul, that the world, with all its enjoyments, was infinitely vile. I had no more value for the favor of men, than for pebbles."
"Spent the day mainly in conversing with friends; yet enjoyed little satisfaction, because I could not find but few disposed to converse on divine and heavenly things. Alas, what are the things of this world, to afford satisfaction to the soul! In secret, I blessed the God for retirement, and that I am not always exposed to the company and conversation of the world. Oh, that I could live in the secret of God's presence!"
In regards to the Diggory Press edition of Brainerd's journal, I bought it while it was still in print, and consequently, much cheaper. There is nothing in this edition that cannot be found in other editions. If anything, there are better translations. This one has been abridged in certain places and some of the language has been updated slightly as well. I'm a stickler for the original words, so for me both of these aspects are negatives. That coupled with the exorbitantly high prices for this particular edition make it unnecessary altogether. If you want to read Brainerd, secure a more affordable copy. He is highly worth reading. The great prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon, placed Brainerd as second only to the Scriptures themselves and said every minister would do well to carefully read over his words. Very psalm-ic in nature, Brainerd epitomizes the battle of sanctification: often he is in the depths of despair as he contemplates his sinfulness, other times he is so enraptured with Christ he will inspire your heart to worship. Often I will only read one entry or at most a page of his journal because it is just too rich to gloss over. Reading him too quick misses the point. I've had the book for a few years now and am only about 40 or so pages in, but yet I would rank this as one of the most essential books in a Christian's library. I consider Brainerd to be a friend and keep his journal by my bedside, where it will probably stay throughout my life.
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Seeing how this man lived day in and day out will change your perception of life. As a Christian, we should do everything for the glory of God and pursue holiness with passion. But not many actually live this way. This guy did. And it inspires you to live like he did.
If you want your walk with God to be taken up a notch, definitely buy this book!
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