- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Series: Christian Biographies for Young Readers (Book 8)
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (September 24, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160178354X
- ISBN-13: 978-1601783547
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jonathan Edwards is one of the most important post-Reformation Protestant thinkers and writers at once an intellectual of the highest caliber, a pastor and spiritual theologian, one of the leaders of the evangelical Great Awakening of the eighteenth century, and a devoted family man. The genius of Simonetta Carr's book is that she manages to capture all these facets of Edwards and compresses them into the scope of a simple, accessible introduction. Young and old readers alike will learn much from her work. It is a delight to read! --Oliver Crisp, professor of systematic theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Jonathan Edwards believed that the age of childhood was the most important for the formation of piety, character, and habits and that encouraging and instilling the love of reading not just the Bible but good literature was essential to bringing up children in the way they should go. In his own day, he read books about eminent saints that influenced him his entire life. This beautifully produced book continues that tradition; the illustrations are wonderful, and the prose, expertly suited to children and young people, is at once informative and, in the true Edwardsean sense, stirs the affections. --Kenneth Minkema, executive director of the Jonathan Edwards Center and assistant adjunct professor of American religious history, Yale Divinity School, and editor of the Works of Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards had an all-encompassing vision of God and His work in this world. It is the kind of vision we all need today. This book brings Jonathan Edwards and his vision to life for a whole new generation. I wish I had this book when I was a young reader. --Stephen J. Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College and C.A.O. of Ligonier Ministries
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Jonathan Edwards lived at a time when many people were seriously questioning long-accepted ideas about the world, life, and God, and his answers to these questions have left a mark on the way we think today. While he is often remembered as the preacher of a scary sermon about a spider dangling over a fire, he remains significant as one of the greatest thinkers America has produced. Simonetta Carr traces the events of Edwards's life from a young student interested in science to husband and father, pastor, leader of the Great Awakening, missionary, writer, and college president. Colorful illustrations, interesting facts, and a compelling story combine to introduce young readers to this important theologian and life in colonial America.
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Sam listened intently as I read, and I think one thing that helped with that was the abundance of large colored pictures that helped visualize what we were reading. This series is a great tool for introducing children to our fathers in the faith and bringing them to life. Another feature my kids loved was the Did you know? feature at the end. When you read Sam's review, the comment on the height of Edwards' family comes from that section. It was jokingly said that "Timothy Edwards (Jonathan's father) had sixty feet of daughters" because his ten daughters were so tall. Kids love stuff like that.
I love incorporating Sam's thoughts with these books, so here is Sam's review unedited and in his own words:
"It was sad when most of Edwards' family died at a young age and it was crazy that most of his family was tall. I liked that Edwards' was preaching the Bible, not what was popular."
There are a lot of biographical facts in this book that bring Jonathan Edwards and his family to life, and this book gives children a look into a day much different than ours, a more dangerous and primitive place, a place in desperate need of the gospel, but as you can see by what Sam wrote about Edwards' preaching, there is much more. There is solid theology throughout, and the gospel message proclaimed by Edwards is presented loudly and clearly.
Mrs. Carr did an excellent job fleshing out Edwards as a man and I was touched by the love he shared with his dear wife Sarah. A particularly poignant part of this book was the story of his daughter Jerusa, who lovingly cared for missionary David Brainerd as he lay stricken with tuberculosis. How sad that four months later, this "flower of the family" herself died from fever. I was touched as I read about Edwards searing pain and grief as eight months later he still struggled to understand why this happened, but he faithfully understood that God was teaching him "how to sympathize with the afflicted." This was a side to Edwards that I didn't know. I feel that I know him much better now, he is no longer just the brilliant preacher and theologian, but an imperfect vessel bent, broken, and shaped by His God and Creator into an instrument for His glory and the edification of the Church.
I could go on and on, this book held my attention throughout. I especially enjoyed the appearance of the great Whitfield and also thought Mrs. Carr's treatment of the Great Awakening was an excellent balance of historical and theological truth that was still simple enough for children to understand.
In summary, this is an excellent way to introduce your children to Jonathan Edwards. Read this to them before you have them read Religious Affections or Freedom of the Will! :) Five stars!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
You really have to look through one of her books to get an idea for what it is. Trying to describe it just does not do justice. It is part storybook, part encyclopedia, part textbook. It is beautifully presented and is quite unique in style and content.
The work on Edwards covers his life from birth to death. It hits the highlights of his life but also his influence. The Great Awakening, time with David Brainerd, expulsion from Northhampton, mission to the Natives and acceptance of the call to lead Princeton University are all covered with original and period-specific art-work, artifacts, photographs, a nice, succinct timeline and a neat Did You Know? section. If I had to try and explain this book I would say it is like a museum exhibit somehow translated to a book. It is quite unique and interesting.
Jonathan Edwards life has been of interest to me since becoming a Christian, especially after spending some time with the work of George Marsden. I am quite pleased that Mrs. Carr has made a way for my children to share in this interest and to expose them to believers of the past. Volumes in the series include biographies of Calvin, Augustine, Lady Jane Grey, Owen, Athanasius, Anselm, and Knox.
These beautiful and unique books are perfect additions to personal, church, and school libraries.
*I received a review copy from the publisher through Cross Focused Reviews.
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