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George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the Eighteenth-Century Revival - Volume I Hardcover – October 1, 1970
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About the Author
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was born in Wales. He was a dairyman's assistant, a political enthusiast, debater, and chief clinical assistant to Sir Thomas Harder, the King's Physician. But at the age of 27 he gave up a most promising medical career to become a preacher. He had a far-reaching influence through his ministry at Westminster Chapel in London, England from 1938-68. His published works have had an unprecedented circulation, selling in millions of copies.
Top Customer Reviews
This Volume: This is the FIRST volume of Dallimore's two-volume biography of George Whitefield. This is very important if you intend on buying one volume now and purchasing the other later. The information on the Banner of Truth (the publisher's) website is incorrect--the green volume is volume #1 (picture of Whitefield in a field surrounded by a crowd) and the red volume is #2 (picture of an older Whitefield in a church pulpit). I had to wait an extra few months to recieve the first volume before I could begin reading either. Each volume is about 600 pages in length and is chock full of stories, information and insightful commentary. Dallimore does not spare the details of the lives of those closest to Whitfield--including John Cennick, Howell Harris, Jonathan Edwards, and of course John and Charles Wesley. This first volume deals with the period of time from Whitefield's birth, through the advent of the open-air ministry and his first visit to North America and closes with his return to England in the wake of Wesley's controversial ministry.
The Subject Matter: Wow. Simply wow. I mean--who knew? I'd always heard that John Wesley was the sole founder of Methodism.Read more ›
I have noticed a strange phenomenon with this biography. Where most books of this one's scope and impact have been widely and thoroughly reviewed, this one seems to be an exception. As I attempted to write a review I may have found out why this is: it is very difficult to adequately sum up so much content in just a few words. And, as with any biography, it is difficult to measure and summarize the impact of such a book. Instead I am left doing what others have done--writing thoughts on the book that somehow seem disconnected and inadequate. Even Gary Gilley, a reviewer who is rarely lost for words, can write no more than this: "It would be difficult to lavish too much praise on Dallimore's two volume biography of the famous eighteenth century evangelist George Whitefield. This is the definitive work of Whitefield's life and ministry, dispelling many misconceptions while showing the true character and impact of this most remarkable man. Along the way the reader also receives valuable insight into the lives of the Wesleys, Jonathan Edwards and the Moravians. This is one of the greatest biographies ever written.Read more ›
He travelled to England five times in his research and is known around the world as the Whitefieldian expert. Dr. Dallimore was 86 years old when he died on March 20, 1998, in Cottam, Ontario, Canada. I had the blessed opportunity of meeting Dr. Dallimore and his dear wife, May, on two occasions late in 1997. Every Christian ought to have all of Dr. Dallimore's books on their bookshelf, but especially "George Whitefield." Reading these books was like talking with a good friend.
Paul Miller 11/9/98
Before the great revival of Christian faith in the 18th century, most English people thought that gaining Salvation merely meant viewing oneself as a Christian. Wrong! In the first volume of this amazing two-volume biography, Pastor Arnold Dallimore patiently describes how George Whitefield came to be saved and learned how to lead others to be born again. Almost immediately he gained fame by attracting huge crowds, numbering in the thousands. Many opposed his preaching, and he soon found himself speaking outdoors to as many as 20,000 or more people without any form of amplification after churches barred their doors.
Unlike today's evangelist who heads a huge organization built around his speaking, Whitefield was simply sharing his love of God and his experience of being born again. He usually arrived without any announcement, but people would stream in as soon as the word reached them. He often didn't seek an offering, and the offerings he did receive were to establish an orphanage in the struggling colony of Georgia. In search of souls and funds for the orphanage, he similarly took the American colonies by storm. While his evangelism soared, his projects to provide practical assistance on Earth met many problems and opponents . . . providing even more problems to go with his sicknesses.
Wanting to be sure that souls would be tended, he would return to the same locations whenever possible. If he couldn't, he found another man to play the same role.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Along with vol 2 this is a great record of the life of a most significant man in world history. Inspiring. Challenging.Published 9 months ago by Tasman B. Walker
I read both Volumes in the early 1980's and started with trepidation because I wasn't sure about two large volumes but they read so quickly I couldn't put them down. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pres rev
Dallimore was clearly a fan of Whitefield and certainly writes that direction. Yet, Dallimore was an excellent wordsmith and can keep your attention very well. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rickey Russell
Much more than a very extensive biography of a truly history changing Evangelist , George Whitefield . Volume 1 is a history of the Great awakening in England and America . Read morePublished 19 months ago by Grover Smith
By far the best biography written on Whitefield. A very detailed book, but exciting. This is a hard book to put down. Read morePublished 23 months ago by scott doherty
Extremely good and interesting reading if you are interested in American and theological history. George Whitefield was instrumental in bringing about the Great Awakening of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by D Petterson
This is no dry biography. The author certainly researches Whitefield well and gets all of the facts straight, but he also shows us a glimpse of the surprisingly beautiful inner... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Marshall R
It had such great reviews and I was a little disappointed in the content. However, I'm going to try to finish it.Published on July 14, 2013 by Bonnie