Monday, December 05, 2005

Recommended Reading-The Revived Puritan-The Spirituality of George Whitefield-Editted by Michael A.G. Haykin

Published by Joshua Press

Joshua Press is a Canadian publisher that offers a variety of reformed works. This book is a reproduction of 35 letters written by George Whitefield (1714-1770). Whitefield is one of the main figures in the “Great Awakening” of New England in the 1770’s, along with Jonathan Edwards.

He was also friends with John and Charles Wesley, although they differed greatly in some matters of theology, as Whitefield was Reformed. This book includes a letter written to John.

He was an itinerant preacher, he didn’t hold a pastorate for any congregation, but he wrote with a pastoral heart. The letters included here do include some rebuke, but are done lovingly. They include much encouragement and exhortation as well. The insight they provide into Whitefield is valuable—but the insight into Christ and the Gospel are even more valuable.

This book includes a short biographical sketch of Whitefield that helps set the scene, three prayers from sermons by Whitefield, and an account of the conversion of one of his friends. Joshua Press’s books are very reasonably priced compared to what many publishers charge. (This one was $10 for a 254 page book.)

A friend of mine refers to select books as gems-books that are well worth the cost to buy and the time to read. This is a true gem.


Blogger Jeremy Weaver said...

Thanks fot the recommendation. It looks interesting.
I'm sort of biased toward biographies that get into the mind of the person and don't just record facts.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Steve Weaver said...

Looks great! Thanks for posting it. Thanks Jeremy for directing me here.

5:32 PM  
Blogger pilgrim said...

Yes, thanks Jeremy--and thanks for dropping by Steve.

6:59 PM  

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