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  • Series: The Essential Edwards Collection
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802424589
  • ASIN: B0042P5JB4
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,280,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"When it comes to Jonathan Edwards's writing, where does an average reader (like me!) begin?  Right here with The Essential Edwards Collection. Strachan and Sweeney provide a doorway into the life and teaching of one of church's wisest theologians. The authors have included notes of personal application to help us apply the life and teaching of Edwards to our own lives. I've read no better introduction to Jonathan Edwards." - C.J. Mahaney, President, Sovereign Grace Ministries

"A great resource! Edwards continues to speak, and this series of books is an excellent means to hear Jonathan Edwards again live and clear. Pure gold; be wise and invest in it!" - Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

"These primers on Jonathan Edward's life and thought - his passion for God - provide an excellent glimpse into a life lived unto God.  And they help the rest of us slake our thirst for the majesty of our Savior.  We owe a great debt to Owen Strachan and Douglas Sweeney for making Edwards and his vision of God so accessible to the rest of us thirsty pilgrims." - Thabiti Anyabwile, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

"Everyone says Jonathan Edwards is important. Quite frankly, however, his writing style is pretty dense by contemporary standards, so few pastors and other Christian leaders have invested much time reading him. This new series tackles the problem. Here is the kernel of much of Edwards's thought in eminently accessible form." - D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"In The Essential Edwards Collection, Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney point with knowledge and excitement to clear and searching sections that illuminate God's truth and search our hearts. In this collection, Edwards is introduced to a new generation of readers. His concerns are made our concerns. This is a worthy effort and I pray that God will bless it." - Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC.

"This series is a fantastic introduction to the heart, mind, and ministry of the greatest theologian America has ever produced." - Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church, President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network.

"Let Strachan and Sweeney serve as your guides through the voluminous writings of America's greatest theologian.  They have been shaped by his godly counsel and moved by his passion for Christ.  By God's grace, Edwards can do the same for you. Start your journey with The Essential Edwards Collection. - Collin Hansen, Author of Young, Restless, Reformed

"Owen Strachan and Douglas Sweeney have done us all a great service by remixing and reloading the teaching of Jonathan Edwards for a new generation.  They do more than introduce us to his writing: they show us how his biblical teaching relates to a modern world and leave us hungry for more. I am very impressed and very grateful for The Essential Edwards Collection." - Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor of Covenant Life Church

"Why hasn't this been done before? The Essential Edwards Collection is now essential reading for the serious-minded Christian. Doug Sweeney and Owen Strachan have written five excellent and accessible introductions to America's towering theological genius - Jonathan Edwards.  They combine serious scholarship with the ability to make Edwards and his theology come alive for a new generation. The Essential Edwards Collection is a great achievement and a tremendous resource. I can't think of a better way to gain a foundational knowledge of Edwards and his lasting significance." - R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

"You hold in your hands a unique resource: a window into the life and thought of Jonathan Edwards, a man whose life was captured by God for the gospel of Jesus Christ. In these pages you'll not only learn about Edwards, but you'll be able to hear him speak in his own words. This winsome and accessible introduction is now the first thing I'd recommend for those who want to know more about America's greatest pastor-theologian. - Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible.

"I am deeply impressed with the vision that has brought together this splendid library of volumes to introduce Jonathan Edwards to a new generation. Owen Strachan and Douglas Sweeney have provided an incredible service by making the often challenging writings of America's greatest theologian accessible for seasoned theologians, pastors, and students alike with their five-volume Essential Edwards Collection. This series is properly titled the "essential collection." - David S. Dockery, President, Union University

"Jonathan Edwards was a preacher of the Word, a pastor of souls, a philosopher of first rank, and the greatest theologian America has ever produced. In this wonderful new anthology of Edwards's writings, the great Puritan saint lives again. I can think of no better tonic for our transcendence-starved age than the writings of Edwards. But beware: reading this stuff can change your life forever!" - Timothy George, Founding Dean of Besson Divinity School of Samford University

"From a course he taught at Yale and in personal friendship, Doug Sweeney has tought me much about Edwards. Possessing a command of the academic field, he and Owen Strachan nevertheless write this collection with pastoral concern, showing the relevance of Edwards for our Christian faith and practice today. It's a rare combination of gifts and insights that Sweeney and Strachan bring to this task." - Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminister Theological Seminary California

"Jonathan Edwards is surely one of the most influential theologians of the eighteenth century.  Now, at last, we have a wide-ranging and respresntative sample of his work published in an attractive, accessible and, most important of all, readable form. The authors are to be commended for the work they have put into this set and I hope it will become an important feature of the library of many pastors and students of the Christian faith." - Carl R. Trueman, Academic Dean, Westminster Theological Seminary

Review

When it comes to Jonathan Edwards's writing, where does an average reader (like me!) begin?  Right here with The Essential Edwards Collection. Strachan and Sweeney provide a doorway into the life and teaching of one of church's wisest theologians. The authors have included notes of personal application to help us apply the life and teaching of Edwards to our own lives. I've read no better introduction to Jonathan Edwards.
- C.J. Mahaney, President, Sovereign Grace Ministries

A great resource! Edwards continues to speak, and this series of books is an excellent means to hear Jonathan Edwards again live and clear. Pure gold; be wise and invest in it!
- Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

These primers on Jonathan Edward's life and thought - his passion for God - provide an excellent glimpse into a life lived unto God.  And they help the rest of us slake our thirst for the majesty of our Savior.  We owe a great debt to Owen Strachan and Douglas Sweeney for making Edwards and his vision of God so accessible to the rest of us thirsty pilgrims.
- Thabiti Anyabwile, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Everyone says Jonathan Edwards is important. Quite frankly, however, his writing style is pretty dense by contemporary standards, so few pastors and other Christian leaders have invested much time reading him. This new series tackles the problem. Here is the kernel of much of Edwards's thought in eminently accessible form.
-
D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

In The Essential Edwards Collection, Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney point with knowledge and excitement to clear and searching sections that illuminate God's truth and search our hearts. In this collection, Edwards is introduced to a new generation of readers. His concerns are made our concerns. This is a worthy effort and I pray that God will bless it.
- Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC.

This series is a fantastic introduction to the heart, mind, and ministry of the greatest theologian America has ever produced.
- Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church, President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network.

Let Strachan and Sweeney serve as your guides through the voluminous writings of America's greatest theologian.  They have been shaped by his godly counsel and moved by his passion for Christ.  By God's grace, Edwards can do the same for you. Start your journey with The Essential Edwards Collection.
- Collin Hansen, Author of Young, Restless, Reformed

Owen Strachan and Douglas Sweeney have done us all a great service by remixing and reloading the teaching of Jonathan Edwards for a new generation.  They do more than introduce us to his writing: they show us how his biblical teaching relates to a modern world and leave us hungry for more. I am very impressed and very grateful for The Essential Edwards Collection.
- Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor of Covenant Life Church

Why hasn't this been done before? The Essential Edwards Collection is now essential reading for the serious-minded Christian. Doug Sweeney and Owen Strachan have written five excellent and accessible introductions to America's towering theological genius - Jonathan Edwards.  They combine serious scholarship with the ability to make Edwards and his theology come alive for a new generation. The Essential Edwards Collection is a great achievement and a tremendous resource. I can't think of a better way to gain a foundational knowledge of Edwards and his lasting significance.
- R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

You hold in your hands a unique resource: a window into the life and thought of Jonathan Edwards, a man whose life was captured by God for the gospel of Jesus Christ. In these pages you'll not only learn about Edwards, but you'll be able to hear him speak in his own words. This winsome and accessible introduction is now the first thing I'd recommend for those who want to know more about America's greatest pastor-theologian.
- Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible.

I am deeply impressed with the vision that has brought together this splendid library of volumes to introduce Jonathan Edwards to a new generation. Owen Strachan and Douglas Sweeney have provided an incredible service by making the often challenging writings of America's greatest theologian accessible for seasoned theologians, pastors, and students alike with their five-volume Essential Edwards Collection. This series is properly titled the "essential collection."
- David S. Dockery, President, Union University

Jonathan Edwards was a preacher of the Word, a pastor of souls, a philosopher of first rank, and the greatest theologian America has ever produced. In this wonderful new anthology of Edwards's writings, the great Puritan saint lives again. I can think of no better tonic for our transcendence-starved age than the writings of Edwards. But beware: reading this stuff can change your life forever!
- Timothy George, Founding Dean of Besson Divinity School of Samford University

From a course he taught at Yale and in personal friendship, Doug Sweeney has tought me much about Edwards. Possessing a command of the academic field, he and Owen Strachan nevertheless write this collection with pastoral concern, showing the relevance of Edwards for our Christian faith and practice today. It's a rare combination of gifts and insights that Sweeney and Strachan bring to this task.
- Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminister Theological Seminary California

Jonathan Edwards is surely one of the most influential theologians of the eighteenth century.  Now, at last, we have a wide-ranging and respresntative sample of his work published in an attractive, accessible and, most important of all, readable form. The authors are to be commended for the work they have put into this set and I hope it will become an important feature of the library of many pastors and students of the Christian faith.
- Carl R. Trueman, Academic Dean, Westminster Theological Seminary

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Jonathan Edwards on Beauty is a helpful introduction to the thought of America's most significant mind.
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This book presnents a good picture of some of Edwards essential thought, This publication is done excellently it is a joy to own and read.
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Although, I enjoyed the first book in the series better than this one, I can say that I was still blessed and challenged.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Shamblin on May 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have never really read anything of Edwards expect "Sinners in the hands" but after recently being intrigued by him ( through friends, and John Pipers Bio sermon) I thought I would give this little paperback a try. I'm glad I did! It is compiled very well and will definately leave you wanting to read more of Edwards. Why? Very simple: Edwards exalts Christ! To see the beauty of Christ in the section that talks about Edwards sermon " the excellency of Christ" is worth far more than what you could ever pay for this book.

Now I am challenged to read more from this great theologian. I'm going to try to find "the Excellency of Christ" sermon right now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on June 1, 2011
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How do you describe the color red to a man who has never seen? Beauty can be like that. We have trouble articulating the precise boundaries of beauty and non-beauty - but we know when we see it. Humans don't have to be trained to find sunsets captivating. We don't need a social construct to tell us a starry night sky is breathtaking. We know.

So where does beauty come from and how are we to understand it? Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney have produced a helpful little book on the subject. Jonathan Edwards on Beauty is a helpful introduction to the thought of America's most significant mind. Christian and secular sources alike consider Edwards to be one of the most brilliant minds America has every produced. Christians understand that it is no accident that he also happened to be a pastor.

A brilliant theologian, Edwards could write tomes about complex and complicated theological themes. He was also captivated by his God. He knew that "the study of true beauty...was the study of God" (21). Strachan and Sweeney provide a quick and accessible tour through Edwards' thought concerning Beauty. They begin where Edwards begins: the beauty of God. Our visually over-stimulated world could use the antidote provided here. Edwards saw the world as a stage for the glory of God to be on display through what he has made. As he so often does, Edwards shakes us loose from the enchantments of our contemporary world.

Beauty begins and ends with the Trinitarian God who creates universes and redeems rebellious sinners. Whatever does not accord with this is but an ugly caricature. George Orwell captures this well in 1984. The main character finds himself captivated by the beauty of a young woman from afar. As he draws near he discovers she is neither young nor beautiful.
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By Rick on October 6, 2013
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Good quick return on my order. Book is thoroughly Bible-based and that God is the supreme standard for beauty. You can't love the beauty of this created world and not see the Creator as well. This is as it should be. Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder.
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This book presnents a good picture of some of Edwards essential thought, This publication is done excellently it is a joy to own and read. The whole collection is a treat. It is published by Moody Bible Inst. a very conservative school. Watch out for the Tract presentation.
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By J.B. Hughes on May 20, 2013
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When is the last time you picked up a book about beauty? I have to say that I cannot think of any time that I have concerned myself with the subject of beauty but it will certainly be on mind after reading this short treatise on the matter. Jonathan Edwards is a theological "heavyweight" who has weighed in on so many pertinent topics that every christian should explore, but this was certainly an original concept to tackle and one that was well worth the read. Before looking at Strachan and Sweeney's work on beauty I would encourage the reader to make sure to have read the first book in this series that is called "Jonathan Edwards: Lover of God." The story of the life and ministry of Mr. Edwards will help the reader gain a solid perspective on this tremendous Christian thinker. It is important to state from the onset that the books in this series may not be as useful to an Edwards enthusiast who has spent a large portion of time pouring over Edwards' thoughts. For someone like me who not spent a great deal of time mulling over the writings of Edwards this is a great primer, and these two books have certainly whetted my appetite for more of the writings of Edwards. Although, I enjoyed the first book in the series better than this one, I can say that I was still blessed and challenged.

Make no mistake, while sections of messages from Jonathan Edwards are shared; this series is actually an analysis of his thoughts and the bulk of the writing is Strachan and Sweeney. In this book the question was raised about what makes something beautiful and where this concept originates from. Jonathan Edwards believed that beauty was a reflection of God's person and anything that was genuinely beautiful was imbued with some truth about who God is.
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