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  • Series: The Essential Edwards Collection
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802424570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802424570
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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"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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This is a great introduction to Edwards' life.
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Like all of us, he had moments where God did extraordinary things through his life and other moments stained by sinful attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors.
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This book keeps the attention of the reader and addresses the soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Hyde on April 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
This 5-volume collection by O. Strachen and D. Sweeney serves as a helpful introduction to Jonathan Edwards' life and thought.

The first volume, Lover of God, is a nice summary of the life of "the greatest preacher America has ever known" (120).

Lover of God introduces you to Jonathan, fifth born son of Rev. Timothy and Esther Edwards and grandson to the legendary Rev. Solomon Stoddard. The reader moves from Jonathan's happy beginning in East Windsor, Connecticut, to his conversion at Yale through the ups and downs of the First Great Awakening to his untimely ejection as pastor of his grandfather's Congregationalist Church in Northampton at the age of 46.

Through this story the reader is introduced to important historical figures such as Esther Edwards (one of Jonathan's daughters, wife of Aaron Burr Sr., President of Princeton, and mother of Aaron Burr Jr., US Vice President) and the Rev. David Brainerd (missionary to the Stockbridge Indians of MA).

The sections of Jonathan's pastoral and family leadership are especially helpful as well as the short section on his relationship to the young evangelist Rev. George Whitefield.

The authors add a section on "Applying Edwards" at the end of every chapter. These sections feel a bit elementary and "preachy" and are not as useful.

This is a great introduction to Edwards' life. But if you are already familiar with this important figure, this is not likely the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason L. Scott on July 17, 2010
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Book Review
By
Jason Scott

The Essential Edwards Collection:
Jonathan Edwards Lover of God
By
Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeny

This is one volume in a five-volume set. These volumes are not numbered in any particular order, but this would be probably the best one to start with. The reason for this is that this is more biographical than the others. This book begins with the birth and early life of Edwards, including his educational background. Edwards formal education ended with him giving the valedictorian address at Yale, in Latin!

"Jonathan's master's work placed him
squarely in the camp of orthodox
Protestantism. Some in his day challenged
the idea that a sinner had to be saved by
divine grace, asserting that people, in effect,
completed their salvation by
good works." Pg 46

The main thrust of this book, is that Jonathan Edwards truly and deeply loved his God. This is evident in the life he lived. The glory of God was his concern as he led his family, both as a husband and father, shepherd his flock, and mentored young men to become faithful servants for Christ.

Edwards had his share of trials as well. He was not a very healthy man, often working himself so hard to the point of being bed ridden for long periods of time. Edwards also felt the deep pain of death, as his spiritual son( David Brainerd) and later daughter( Jerusha) succumbed to a young death. Edwards also had to face the humiliation of being a prominent pastor that was fired from his church after several years of faithful service.

"The fact that America's greatest
theologian was fired from his church
is a source of historical shame.
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This maybe my favorite of all of these books. To read this book you will find yourself challenged to examine yourself. 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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When I was about 16 years of age I first encountered Jonathan Edwards' sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." I was impressed and although I did not fully understand all that I read I made a concerted effort to be certain and read the entire text of the message. My interest in Edwards was peaked and I started to look for more information about his life and ministry. I ran across another of his works on the great revival that his church experienced in Northampton. The book soon became cumbersome and I ended up not completing it as it exceeded my reading comprehension at the time. After that, I always respected Edwards but never pursued a further knowledge of his life, ministry, and theology. When I ran across this 5 volume work I thought that perhaps this would be a great way to jump-start my interest in Edwards and gain some information that would help me to contextualize "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." I am almost 34 now so I think I am ready to tackle Edwards. I was not disappointed with this series because that is exactly what it is intended to do... jump-start your interest.

It should be obvious from the size of the book that it is not intended to be an exhaustive study of his life and works. Even when all 5 volumes are put together it only represents a fraction of things that Edwards said and did. His works are copious and verbose; offering insight into hundreds of biblical texts and thoughts. This series has a purpose of gnawing down to the essential Edwards to see what lies at his core, and what insight can be gained from it. I love the fact that his ultimate assessment about Edwards is that among the many things that defines Edwards his most endearing and accurate identity is that Edwards is a Christian that loved the Lord.
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