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“Those of us trundling through the complete works of Jonathan Edwards in the recent Yale edition are grateful for experts like Sean Lucas who, with a single lucid paragraph, are able to unravel the most complex of Edwardian thought. The study of Edwards has become something of a ‘rite of passage’ in recent days and some of us have some catching up to do. Dr. Lucas, a well-respected Edwards scholar in his own right, has given us a comprehensive summary of Edwards’s understanding of the Christian life that does for Edwards what Sinclair Ferguson did for John Owen. An essential and most welcome companion to any serious study of Edwards.”
—Derek W. H. Thomas, John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS
“This is an edifying book on a most edifying person, one who became the most important pastor in all of American history. By focusing our attention on what mattered most to Edwards—authentic Christian living that derives from God’s grace and reflects God’s glory—Sean Lucas has written a book that can draw you nearer to God, even make you a better person. Good theology, well presented, leads to passionate, godly piety. Edwards and Lucas know this well. I pray that you will know it too.”
—Douglas A. Sweeney, Professor of Church History, Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Sean Michael Lucas analyzes the ways that Jonathan Edwards understood the Christian life as both inconceivably vast and intensely personal and practical, demonstrating that there is still much to be learned from America's greatest philosopher-theologian. From his Introduction to the two invaluable Appendices, Lucas offers an eminently useful volume that reminds one of much of Edwards's own writing—technical yet accessible, scholarly yet pastoral.”
—Richard A. Bailey, Associate Professor of History, Canisius College; author, Race and Redemption in Puritan New England
“It is good for the church—and the heart—to see Sean Lucas, a modern pastor-theologian, working with such depth and clarity in the corpus of Jonathan Edwards, America's preeminent pastor-theologian. Lucas shows a mastery of the vast secondary and primary sources on and by Edwards, yet writes to be understood and to bless the church. If there is a better way to honor the New Light minister, I am not aware of it.”
—Owen Strachan, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History, Boyce College; President, The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
SEAN MICHAEL LUCAS (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the author of three books. He previously taught at Covenant Theological Seminary for five years, serving as chief academic officer and associate professor of church history.
When I first started reading this book I was bored.
In this book, Sean Michael Lucas does a very good job of presenting the theological thoughts that greatly affected Edwards, his life and his ministry.
This book is a superb introduction to the theology of Jonathan Edwards and his view of the Christian life.
Seems largely outdated for our time. Thought it would get in to an interesting dialogue on theology, but is not what I expected.Published 3 months ago by W. Moore
For twenty-five years, I have read and re-read books by Jonathan Edwards and about Jonathan1433514451_b Edwards. The books about Jonathan Edwards are weighty and worthwhile. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dr. David Steele
God's Grand Design is an outstanding introduction to the theology that mid 18th century Congregational pastor, Jonathan Edwards wrestled with and taught over his career. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jason G
This is a great introduction to the breadth of Edwards work and writing. The author has done a superb job of covering topics thoroughly and giving insight into Edwards thoughts in... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bradley Bevers
I am not a theologian, merely a follower of Christ for 4 decades. It worries me that more Christians do not read our "family history". Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. Vance
Jonathan Edwards has become the man of the moment. Over the last years, interest in his work has exploded. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Patrick Oden
Many of us read Edwards' famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in high school or college American literature. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Kevin Fontenot
Professor and Pastor Sean Michael Lucas has written a book on Jonathan Edwards' theology vision. Considering the vast amount of information available and the size of this work I... Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by M. A. Ramos
I would describe this as a niche book. If you have an interest in Jonathan Edwards or theology or both, this is the book for you. Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by ironman96