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Jonathan Edwards on the Good Life (The Essential Edwards Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Owen Strachan , Douglas Allen Sweeney
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Book Description

What is the good life that we so often hear talk of in our modern age?

Is
it cars that drive fast, houses that resemble castles? Is it unbounded sexual pleasure,
unrestrained personal gratification of all one's desires? Is it quiet and solitude,
individual removal from the storm and thunder of modern society? Or is it obedient
Christian faith that causes spiritual corpses to burst forth with godly passion
and holy worship that transforms one's own life, one's environment, and one's eternal
destiny?

This other way of life proceeds from an ancient book that lifts
life in this age and all mothers to another plane. This is the truly good life,
the path plotted for the steps of mankind by almighty God. It involves sacrifice,
and hardship, and hard work. It means self-denial, self-abasement, and an others-centered
mindset. It is radically God-centered and deeply rooted in Scripture. This, and
no other path, offers the souls of humanity lasting happiness.

For Jonathan
Edwards, submission to God and His will was the path to true fulfillment and the
good life.  Easily accessible and readable, you do not need to be a scholar
to enjoy these insights about Jonathan Edwards and his writings.


Editorial Reviews

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Review on Essential Edwards on The Good Life September 2, 2010
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The Essential Edwards Collection: Jonathan Edwards on The Good Life
By
Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney

This was the final volume of the five-volume set that I read. This set was not sequential, each volume can be read individually. However, I highly recommend reading the entire set.

This volume covered Edwards' view on a topic that is particularly relevant today. People are constantly striving for the good life. Both secular and "Christian" airwaves are full of advice on how to obtain the good life. Edwards' definition of the good life, however, greatly contrasts what is generally thought as the good life. "The Edwardsean doctrine of happiness is rich with irony. To save one's soul and experience deepest delight one must abandon the instinct to selfishly pursue one's well being. True self-interest involves turning one's life over to God..." Pg 33.

Edwards' did believe that God desires His creation be happy, however that happiness is only found in Him, and not the material things of this world.

This book contains five chapters: 1) The Nearness of the Good Life, 2) The Distance of the Good Life, 3) The Taste of the Good Life, 4) The Pleasures of the Good Life, and 5) The Shape of the Good Life.

Jonathan Edwards is a life that is worth studying. It can be intimidating because of his deep thoughts and difficult writing style. Thankfully Strachan and Sweeney have done a great service and made Edwards more accessible. My desire is not to stop with this five volume set, but use it as a launching pad to more of Edwards' writings. Edwards' writings are available for free at [...].
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of Edwards April 13, 2012
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The Good Life is the third book in a five book series by Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney wherein they distill the work of Edwards into five topical books.

Jonathan Edwards was a passionate pastor theologian who loved God with his heart, soul, and mind. The authors demonstrate that Edwards rejected worldly notions of happiness, which are temporal and fleeting. Rather, Edwards believed that true happiness was found solely in Christ. Though believers may not have an easy life, a life spent on the road toward heaven was indeed the good life.

Quotable Quotes:

-'Tis a thing infinitely good in itself that God's glory should be known by a glorious society of created beings. (p. 27)
-At its deepest, most profound level, the good life is the life lived for the glory of God. (p. 30).
-To save one's soul and experience deepest delight one must abandon the instinct to selfishly pursue one's well being. (p. 33).
-The happiest Christians are not those who manage to accomplish all of their personal goals. Rather, the happiest Christians are those who embrace what God wants for their lives (p. 35).
-Edward held the fall of man and the sovereignty of God in tension, emphasizing each in turn as directed by the Scripture, but allowing for mystery due to the finitude of human understanding. (p. 60).
-The ideal Christian life is not a prim, stifling affair in which we moralistically perform righteousness for the Lord as joylessly as possible. The ideal Christian life, the good life God intends for us, is a joyful, pleasurable, happy affair in which we shun sin and seek holiness because we treasure God and desire to taste His goodness in all facets of our lives. (p 69).
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Weakest Book in the Series July 4, 2014
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This is the fourth of five books that I have read from this series on the teachings of Jonathan Edwards and I struggle to give it even three stars. Jonathan Edwards was a great theologian who I am sure tackled an inexhaustible list of topics over his career. There were so many directions that they could have taken with this series and I struggle to see how this one was the right one. The topic was vague, the commentary was dry, and the book was quite unnecessary; if you have read the previous works this one feels like a rehash. Despite these issues it seems there were meritorious aspects to the work, not the least of which is the messages of Jonathan Edwards himself, which I feel does not merit a lower rating than the three stars I am giving it.

The first section of the book re-explored some of the thoughts on beauty that were examined in the second book which addresses that topic. Even many of the same messages are mined for thoughts on the topic. The central focus of this part was to explore the idea of the kind of life that God wants us to live. Beauty is reflected in the kind of life in which we find our joy in reflecting the image of God in the world. The roots of Piper's theology "God is most happy with us when we are most satisfied in him" are clearly evident in the sermons of Edwards. The first chapter laid out particular ideals meant to draw a line between the principles of self-love vs. divine love. The truth they stated was clear and orthodox but once again the question came up as why. The statements they made I have read in many books before and they are certainly not novel to Edwards. This made me question why they felt this was necessary.
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