July 19, 2011

Book Review - The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards

Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards (Long Line of Godly Men Profile) from Reformation Trust in exchange for a review.

Jonathan Edwards is one of the most towering figures in American Christianity, possibly even Christianity as a whole - ranking with the likes of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin.  There were many things that set Jonathan Edwards apart: his intelligence, the time in which he lived, just to name a couple.  However the thing that this book focuses on, is Edwards' determination or resolve.

Early on in the ministry of Jonathan Edwards, he began to write a series of resolutions as a means of encouraging himself to live more fully for the glory of God.  The author of this book, Steven J. Lawson, breaks down these resolutions into six categories, which compose the corresponding last six chapters of this book.

I.  The Priority of God's Glory.

II.  The Putting Away of Sin

III.  The Precipice of Eternity

IV.  The Passion of Discipline

V.  The Practice of Love

VI.  The Posture of Self-Examination

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was a relatively quick read, yet it was spiritually challenging.  As I have stated, in the life of the church, the light with which Jonathan Edwards shone, is nearly unparalleled.  This was a man who sought hard after God and His glory.  He did so with great passion and with great discipline.  God has used and, I believe, will continue to use the life of Jonathan Edwards to encourage others to seek after Him.  Though this book is not a comprehensive study of the thought of Edwards, it is certainly a great place to start.

My Rating: 5/5

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