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Great summary of Edwards' life. The application sections weren't as useful.,
This review is from: Jonathan Edwards Lover of God (The Essential Edwards Collection) (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.