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“I am thrilled that Kyle Strobel has edited this new edition of Edwards’s Charity and Its Fruits. This series of sermons holds a special place in my affections for Edwards for three reasons. First, in Munich, Germany, my wife and I read it aloud to each other in 1972. What a way to build a young marriage! Second, Edwards’s treatment of ‘Charity seeketh not her own’ profoundly shaped my emerging Christian Hedonism. Third, the last chapter, ‘Heaven Is a World of Love,’ is simply unsurpassed in its power to make me want to go there. I am unabashed in my love for Jonathan Edwards—and the grandeur of his God. May God give him an ever-wider voice.”
—John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
“This new edition of Charity and Its Fruits is a most welcomed addition to the growing library of books by and about the great Jonathan Edwards. For those who mistakenly think that Protestant theologians overemphasize faith at the expense of love, these classic sermons by Edwards will be an antidote to a stereotype. But even more important, this deep mining of 1 Corinthians 13 is a pathway into spiritual theology that will draw every believer closer to Christ.”
—Timothy George, Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School; General Editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture
“For Jonathan Edwards, the true Puritan understanding of Christianity as love-life in God through Christ was a lifelong theological-pastoral-devotional focus, and his fullest display of it is found here. Kyle Strobel’s comments help us appreciate this classic on communion with God.”
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
“As best I can tell, this is a first in Edwardsean studies. No one has done with Charity and Its Fruits what Kyle Strobel accomplishes here—providing us with an enlightening commentary and a readable text of one of Edwards’s most important, though highly neglected, treatises. All who love Edwards (and everyone should) will profit immensely from this exceptional volume.”
—Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
“Jonathan Edwards is America’s most famous theologian, and he is experiencing a resurrection among some evangelicals today. Not all who clap for Edwards have read him extensively, and for some the applause appears to be little more than groupthink. But this annotation of Edwards’s seminal exposition of 1 Corinthians 13, edited by a competent young Edwards specialist who offers an informed introduction to Edwards’s moral thought, holds promise for all of us to become more dedicated to the theological vision for the glory of God at work in the theology of Edwards. All who read Edwards aright know they are in for an experience of sensate knowledge, and not simply academic intelligence. Read this book into worship.”
—Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, North Park University
JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703–1758) was a pastor, theologian, and missionary. He is generally considered the greatest American theologian. A prolific writer, Edwards is known for his many sermons, including "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", and his classic Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Edwards was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) shortly before his death.
Kyle Strobel (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the author of Metamorpha: Jesus as a Way of Life and founder of Metamorpha, an online community for Christian spiritual formation. He has served as a fellow at Yale’s Jonathan Edwards Center, has published several academic reviews of works related to Edwards, and has taught graduate courses on Edwards’s spirituality theology.
I recently read one of Strobel's other books (Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards). Read morePublished 12 months ago by David George Moore
Okay, so you absolutely cannot buzz through this book the way you can more modern religious writing. This isn't finger food---you are going to need to bring out the cutlery. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by L. Perry
You can find more information about this book over at Crossway, here. Thanks to Crossway for this review copy - it is yet another fine title to their already impressive lineup of... Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Richard Hogaboam
I love reading Christian books. I have a slight obsession. I own tons of them, but this one was just too technical for me. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by D4CGurl449
This work is a collection of 15 sermons by the eighteenth-century American theologian Jonathan Edwards. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Bill Barto
Updating Edwards became popular in with the release of Signs of the Spirit: An Interpretation of Jonathan Edwards's "Religious Affections" by Sam Storms. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by paulregent.blogspot
Jonathan Edwards has become a favorite of mine. Have a number of books about and by him. His talent as a Christian is writing words in a way that they give you a visual picture of... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Elizabeth
I have read a few things by Jonathan Edwards, but this book is the easiest entry point. It is a collection of sermons by Edwards on 1 Corinthians 13. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Jeffrey A. Thompson
I am not yet done with this book but I've learned things about Jonathan Edwards that would surprise the people who only know him by his famous "Sinners in the hands of an Angry... Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Jane Hinrichs