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Jonathan Edwards is widely hailed as the greatest theologian in American history. However, despite the recent surge of scholarship related to his life and theology, few books offer an accessible introduction to his understanding of the Christian life. In the latest addition to the Theologians on the Christian Life series, readers are invited to explore Edwards's vision of Jonathan Edwards is widely hailed as the greatest theologian in American history. However, despite the recent surge of scholarship related to his life and theology, few books offer an accessible introduction to his understanding of the Christian life. In the latest addition to the Theologians on the Christian Life series, readers are invited to explore Edwards's vision of what it means to be a Christian. Whether it's Edwards's understanding of love, Scripture, the soul, or the natural world, Dane Ortlund shows how the concept of beauty serves as the integrating motif underlying every aspect of his thinking. Clear, concise, and engaging, this book will help readers embrace the great eighteenth-century pastor's definition of authentic Christianity: the enjoyment and reflection of the beauty of God.


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Jonathan Edwards is widely hailed as the greatest theologian in American history. However, despite the recent surge of scholarship related to his life and theology, few books offer an accessible introduction to his understanding of the Christian life. In the latest addition to the Theologians on the Christian Life series, readers are invited to explore Edwards's vision of Jonathan Edwards is widely hailed as the greatest theologian in American history. However, despite the recent surge of scholarship related to his life and theology, few books offer an accessible introduction to his understanding of the Christian life. In the latest addition to the Theologians on the Christian Life series, readers are invited to explore Edwards's vision of what it means to be a Christian. Whether it's Edwards's understanding of love, Scripture, the soul, or the natural world, Dane Ortlund shows how the concept of beauty serves as the integrating motif underlying every aspect of his thinking. Clear, concise, and engaging, this book will help readers embrace the great eighteenth-century pastor's definition of authentic Christianity: the enjoyment and reflection of the beauty of God.

30 review for Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Well-researched. Beautifully written. Deeply compelling. A wonderful book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    John

    I know it's early but I predict that this book will end up on my top ten favorite list of 2015. Ortlund does an excellent job of showing how Edward's theology of Beauty (capitalization intentional) was the common thread and current of not only his prolific writing and preaching ministry but also the private life of Edward's soul. Many times I had to stop reading and put the book down to bask in the mind-expanding worship of Edward's insight into the beauty of God (and Ortland's just as skillful I know it's early but I predict that this book will end up on my top ten favorite list of 2015. Ortlund does an excellent job of showing how Edward's theology of Beauty (capitalization intentional) was the common thread and current of not only his prolific writing and preaching ministry but also the private life of Edward's soul. Many times I had to stop reading and put the book down to bask in the mind-expanding worship of Edward's insight into the beauty of God (and Ortland's just as skillful explanation of Edward's insight).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wes Van Fleet

    This book was so so refreshing. Every chapter was laced with beauty in a way that made me gaze more at Christ but also made me put the book down and want to live and apply the truths of each chapter. If you are lacking delight in God or loving your neighbor, get this book. It truly was medicine for the cynical soul.

  4. 5 out of 5

    curtis

    A wonderfully incisive, clear-eyed introduction to Edwards’s thought. Ortlund does an admirable job of demonstrating beauty as the fundamental, unifying theme of Edwards’s perspectives on the Christian life. And because it’s so difficult for writers (and readers!) of a Reformed persuasion to avoid canonizing Edwards, Ortlund’s final chapter offering some measured critique of his theological emphases and tendencies as a whole is both well-taken and immensely helpful. Highly recommended for anyone A wonderfully incisive, clear-eyed introduction to Edwards’s thought. Ortlund does an admirable job of demonstrating beauty as the fundamental, unifying theme of Edwards’s perspectives on the Christian life. And because it’s so difficult for writers (and readers!) of a Reformed persuasion to avoid canonizing Edwards, Ortlund’s final chapter offering some measured critique of his theological emphases and tendencies as a whole is both well-taken and immensely helpful. Highly recommended for anyone wanting an accessible bird’s-eye view of the theology of Jonathan Edwards.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Ventura

    Very good!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Reichard

    A fantastic book guiding readers on a journey only Edward’s could take them on. This book will stir you up to love scripture, to love God, and to glory in His Son Jesus.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alun Jones

    The best possible introduction to Edwards. Dane Ortland does the heavy lifting and guides us to the choice writing of Edwards. Beauty and love are well foregrounded. Reading this inspired me to find much delight in Ortland's "Gentle and Lowly" and Augustine's "Confessions". A real catalyst of a book. Highly recommended. The best possible introduction to Edwards. Dane Ortland does the heavy lifting and guides us to the choice writing of Edwards. Beauty and love are well foregrounded. Reading this inspired me to find much delight in Ortland's "Gentle and Lowly" and Augustine's "Confessions". A real catalyst of a book. Highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Nenadov

    As a historical figure in Protestant Christianity and American history, Jonathan Edwards looms large. However, far too many people have, in their minds, pigeon-holed him as a strident, one-dimensional "fire and brimstone" preacher. He was actually a brilliant philosopher and theologian, one of the most brilliant and innovative in the 18th century. He also has a lot to teach us about the Christian life, which is basically the central point of this book. In the first 12 chapters, Ortlund takes the As a historical figure in Protestant Christianity and American history, Jonathan Edwards looms large. However, far too many people have, in their minds, pigeon-holed him as a strident, one-dimensional "fire and brimstone" preacher. He was actually a brilliant philosopher and theologian, one of the most brilliant and innovative in the 18th century. He also has a lot to teach us about the Christian life, which is basically the central point of this book. In the first 12 chapters, Ortlund takes the reader through central themes in Edward's sermons, such as: Beauty, New Birth, Love, Joy, Gentleness, Scripture, Prayer, Pilgrimage, Obedience. Satan, The Soul, and Heaven. The thirteenth chapter is devoted to four criticisms of Edward's approach to the Christian life. And then there is a concluding chapter. Chapters 1 through 12 are wonderful and rich as devotional reading. Ortlund does a fine job in faithfully reflecting Edwards' emphasis and applying it to our day. I'm sure I had a quibble here or two in this section, but the vast majority of material in these twelve chapters is gold. Ortlund uses a lot of C. S. Lewis in connecting Edwards to today, a touch which--although perhaps slightly overwrought--is generally quite helpful. I found myself profiting greatly from these 12 chapters and can heartily recommend them. Perhaps they will stir up Christian readers to a more full and vibrant Christian life! Chapter 13 was nowhere near as good as the previous twelve, in my opinion. It is this chapter that prevents this book from receiving a 5 star rating from me. I will not focus too much on this chapter, but I will give a brief idea of what I feel is wrong with it. The headings of his critiques are "Failure to Apply the Gospel", "Missed Opportunities to Bring the Gospel Home", "Unhealthy Introspection", "The Goodness of Creation", "Use of Scripture", and "View of the Regenerate and the Unregenerate". Let's just say that most of the major ideas in the chapter are hotly disputed. I'm not sure Ortlund provides enough evidence to support his conclusions. I think in some cases Ortlund seems, at least to a non Edwards scholar like me, to be quite wrong in his critique of Edwards. I found much of the"Failure to Apply the Gospel"and "Unhealthy Introspection" sections to be basically just plain-vanilla "Grace Lit" or "Liberate" blurbs. Maybe Edwards was too introspective. But, if so, I am equally sure that "gospel cliches" are not any sort of robust improvement in this matter. That Edwards is found wanting in the court of "Liberate" or "Grace Lit" theology only makes me respect him all the more. I feel like more substantial information would be required to demonstrate how Edwards is deficient in these points. I'd also say that, with a couple of exceptions, Ortlund generally fails in this chapter at satisfactorily "contextualizing" what he sees as Edwards' flaws. How did Edwards compare with his contemporaries? I'd be a bit more at ease with this chapter if Ortlund gave the reader more background information alongside his critique. The first 12 chapters were so good and profitable that I still gave this book 4 stars even through Chapter 13 brought the book down considerably. A less brilliant first twelve chapters would resulted in a worse rating. I hope that some day the publisher revises the book with a rewritten or revised Chapter 13. That book may very well worth 5 stars! Insofar as Ortlund sticks to what he has done best, presenting a useful, practical introduction to a brilliant 18th century theologian's teachings on the Christian life in Chapters 1-12, he has done a great service to the church! I hope many people will read these chapters and be helped and inspired by them! I certainly was encouraged and blessed by them. Note: I received a review copy from Crossway.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peter Mead

    This is an excellent introduction to Edwards, and a great read for pondering the nature of the Christian life. I am thankful for this book and will be recommending it to many!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Schneider

    Ortlund's book was well researched and enlightening to Edward's theology. I gained insight into what Edwards believed/wrote and was challenged in my own walk as a Christian. Ortlund's book was well researched and enlightening to Edward's theology. I gained insight into what Edwards believed/wrote and was challenged in my own walk as a Christian.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt Crawford

    The subtitle is accurate. Do not read this as a biography, it supposes general knowledge about Edwards. It does however examine his views on beauty as exhibited by the work of God.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Parkison

    Very devotional. I'll use Ortlund's bibliography for sure. One beef I have: in a book commending Edwards' majestic vision of the Christian life, Ortlund leveled 4 concluding critiques against Edwards' overall vision, and *none of these critiques had anything to do with the gaping "slave-owner" sized hole in Edwards' ethic.* We are reading about Edwards' conception of the Christian life--that's Edwards, the Christian-slave-owner. This isn't to say that this critique undermines his incredibly valu Very devotional. I'll use Ortlund's bibliography for sure. One beef I have: in a book commending Edwards' majestic vision of the Christian life, Ortlund leveled 4 concluding critiques against Edwards' overall vision, and *none of these critiques had anything to do with the gaping "slave-owner" sized hole in Edwards' ethic.* We are reading about Edwards' conception of the Christian life--that's Edwards, the Christian-slave-owner. This isn't to say that this critique undermines his incredibly valuable insights, nor is it to say that Ortlund is wrong to be selective and minimal with his critiques (in fact, I wouldn't be complaining if this last critiquing chapter was absent altogether, to be honest), given how Edwards' overall influence is far more helpful than unhelpful. But if you *are* going to critique Edwards, should his slave-ownership be among the first things mentioned? Aside from that, this book was dynamite. Worship-inducing, even. Not surprising, coming from an Ortlund.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Eason

    This is an excellent guide on how Jonathan Edwards' writings and theology are still relevant for the church today. Ortlund does a fantastic job in distilling the main themes from Edwards' theology and making them accessible. Whether you're familiar with Edwards or not, this book will serve you well. This is an excellent guide on how Jonathan Edwards' writings and theology are still relevant for the church today. Ortlund does a fantastic job in distilling the main themes from Edwards' theology and making them accessible. Whether you're familiar with Edwards or not, this book will serve you well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julius Tennal II

    As a creative, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Beauty as an organizing theme of Christianity makes so much sense to me. How people can put forward Edwards and his theology as exemplary without bothering to mention the inconsistency and sinfulness of his owning slaves continues to confound me. Nonetheless, fewer books have been more refreshing to my soul. I highly recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Durham

    This book was AMAZING! I have nothing bad to say. It IS NOT a biography of his life, rather a summary of his beliefs on certain topics!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    4.5 rating

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Turner

    Love this series! Ortlund's addition to it is great. Love this series! Ortlund's addition to it is great.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zach Barnhart

    “The supreme value of reading Edwards is that we are ushered into a universe brimming with beauty. Edwards walks us through the wardrobe into Narnia. We are given glasses — not sunglasses, which dim everything, but their opposite: lenses that brighten everything” (13). Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series is a marvelous resource for gaining helpful insight from multiple perspectives. It is a truly helpful collection of works to help pastors, students, and laymen alike learn from th “The supreme value of reading Edwards is that we are ushered into a universe brimming with beauty. Edwards walks us through the wardrobe into Narnia. We are given glasses — not sunglasses, which dim everything, but their opposite: lenses that brighten everything” (13). Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series is a marvelous resource for gaining helpful insight from multiple perspectives. It is a truly helpful collection of works to help pastors, students, and laymen alike learn from the greats that went before us and learn how to better live the Christian walk, with a wonderful balance between biography and theology. I look forward to owning and using every book in this series to help me become a more effective student and leader, and follower of Christ. Dane Ortlund had the huge undertaking of dissecting the great theologian Jonathan Edwards, and he delivered a gem of a read. I had yet to steep myself in much of Edwards’ teaching prior to this book, and I felt this was a great place to start. Whether you’re a novice in Edwards or you’ve read all his works, Edwards on the Christian Life exposes the great teachings and writings from the acclaimed Massachusetts pastor. More importantly, Ortlund provides us a thesis-based approach to Edwardsian theology. He helps us define and succinctly explain Edwards. This is a great help, especially those like me who had much to learn from Jonathan Edwards’s teaching. “Edwards has given us the beauty of the Christian life — first, the beauty of God, beauty that comes to tangible expression in Christ, and second, the beauty of the Christian, who participates in the triune life of divine love” (21). This is the center of Ortlund’s approach to Edwards, as it was central to Edwards’s teachings of God. This book develops what beauty is, why and how God is beautiful, and how that beauty fuels our response to the beauty of God and the Christian life itself. Inside this beauty is a whole host of categories Ortlund draws out through Edwards, such as love, joy, gentleness, heaven, etc. Ortlund saturates his work with Edwards’s words which helps us not just learn about the great theologian, but from him. Ortlund realizes his words are near-secondary to the pastor’s, and happily obliges. Ortlund also makes some clarifications and criticisms that are helpful, to keep us in balance of not simply taking every word for granted. This honest approach to Christian biography is not commonplace, unfortunately, but I am grateful Ortlund took the time to explain not just why and where Edwards is right, but where he may be off-center as well. Here’s some gems from Edwards that are further expounded inside the book: “God in Christ allows such little, poor creatures as you are to come to him, to love communion with him, and to maintain a communication of love with him” (30). “A lamblike, dovelike spirit and temper [is] the true, and distinguishing disposition of the hearts of Christians…A virtue, which I need in a higher degree, to give a beauty and luster to my behavior, is gentleness. If I had more of an air of gentleness, I should be much mended” (94). “The holy Scriptures do everywhere place religion very much in the affections; such as fear, hope, love, hatred, desire, joy, sorrow, gratitude, compassion, and zeal” (100). “The price of Christ is something, in a way, much easier than moral effort—it is to want Him” (146). I definitely recommend this work to others, especially those who want to get to the core of Jonathan Edwards’s teachings. It has helped me read Edwards’s sermons and works better, and I’m thankful for the clarity Ortlund gave me to read Edwards through a lens, allowing me to see how and why his teaching is important and necessary. There was so much highlighting I did, and I’m sure I’ll continue to refer back to this book in my future studies of Jonathan Edwards. Thank you Dane Ortlund for your great labor. Stars: 4.5 / 5.0 Also thank you to Crossway, who provided this book in exchange for my review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Jonathan Edwards has been the rave of the town for the past few years, he is without doubt one of America’s finest theologians. It is heartening to see so many reading Edwards in this day and age. And for those who are hoping to start reading Edwards, I think there is no better introduction to the thoughts of Edwards than the book by Dane Ortlund. Dane Ortlund has in this book very succinctly and comprehensively shown the readers the major themes of Jonathan Edwards. Ortlund has proposed to that Jonathan Edwards has been the rave of the town for the past few years, he is without doubt one of America’s finest theologians. It is heartening to see so many reading Edwards in this day and age. And for those who are hoping to start reading Edwards, I think there is no better introduction to the thoughts of Edwards than the book by Dane Ortlund. Dane Ortlund has in this book very succinctly and comprehensively shown the readers the major themes of Jonathan Edwards. Ortlund has proposed to that beauty is the overarching theme of Edwards, which he explains and shows in the first chapter. This then breaks off into smaller segments which covers different topics. I found the topics on prayer, heaven and satan especially helpful for me in understanding, and as with every book in this series. What is shared in these books are not brilliants ideas fit for the armchair theologians, rather they are things that are very practical and peculiar to the christian live. Furthermore, I found Ortlund often very insightful not just in helping me understand Edwards, but also in bringing out his point. Let me give you an example: While talking about prayer, Ortlund brilliantly illustrates what Edward’s point was. “Much contemporary evangelical exhortation to pray fails to land on us with power because it holds out before believers the urgency of the task and how practically to go about it more than the beauty of the One with whom we are communing and the greatness of what he promises. But the way to motivate praying is not to focus on praying but to focus on God. You do not need to pull out The Dummy’s Guide to Verbal Admiration when you stand before Victoria Falls in southern Africa. Beauty arrests us. The words of awe tumble out on their own.” Edwards point was that when we see God in His beauty, then prayer would be the most natural response we have towards God. So what will spur Christians to pray more? A deeper knowledge and enthralment of God, I cannot agree more. This book has been, encouraging to read, it has spurred me to want to really dig in to read Edwards. What is more, it has helped me God, in all His glory as what Edwards has and spurred me on in my christian life. Ortlund has also very clearly helped the readers see some of the flaws of Edwards, although these are not fatal flaws, they are nevertheless, flaws. Ortlund raises 4 of them, which I agree are valid points against Edwards. These are highlighted not to belittle Edwards, but to help readers read him carefully so as not to repeat the mistakes again. What I highly recommend readers to do, is to read the preface carefully, it will give you a good overview of what will be covered within the book, giving you a logical flow and the structure of the book. This is certainly aid you as you plow through this book. It’s not too difficult, but it’ll certainly be good for your soul. I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you really want to understand Jonathan Edwards. A big thank you to Dane Ortlund for writing it, and for Crossway to being willing to publish this great series. Looking forward to reading more of such books (Luther and Owen especially) in this series! You really should consider to buy one and read it. Rating: 5 / 5 Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Edwards on the Christian Life is a wonderful book. Have you wanted to read Jonathan Edwards yourself but been a bit hesitant? Have you always thought he was too difficult to understand? If you find the thought of reading Jonathan Edwards intimidating, this is the book for you. Even if you've never considered reading Jonathan Edwards, this still may be the book for you. Why? It's a book on the Christian life, on what it means to be a Christian, how to live and love, etc. It is a good introduction, Edwards on the Christian Life is a wonderful book. Have you wanted to read Jonathan Edwards yourself but been a bit hesitant? Have you always thought he was too difficult to understand? If you find the thought of reading Jonathan Edwards intimidating, this is the book for you. Even if you've never considered reading Jonathan Edwards, this still may be the book for you. Why? It's a book on the Christian life, on what it means to be a Christian, how to live and love, etc. It is a good introduction, in my opinion, because it provides CONTEXT for understanding and appreciating Edwards. It is rich in quotes so it gives you a taste, a sampling. But it also gives you a framework. It is great at explaining Edwards' theology, great at illustrating his theology through the use of quotes. The commentary on his theology is wonderful! Every chapter seeks to prove why Edwards is still relevant and worth reading. The book is well written and well-organized. I loved the flow of the chapters, and how in its entirety it gives readers a way to make sense of Edwards. I also loved the preface. It is very straight-forward. It tells you EXACTLY what to expect from each and every chapter. As I was reading, I found myself having many "favorite chapters." And as I was preparing to review this one, I found myself rereading whole chapters. This is something that I rarely do. The book is EXCELLENT. The book has thirteen chapters. I LOVED almost all of them. I believe I learned from all of them. I am not sure that I completely agree with all four of the criticisms in the final chapter. But overall, the book is so wonderful. It is NOT intimidating. It IS relevant.

  21. 5 out of 5

    E

    This is part of a wonderful little series by Crossway that makes historic theologians more accessible to the average reader. I wholeheartedly support reading them in the original (especially Calvin and Schaeffer, two of the six entries--so far--in the series), but it's nice to have a tour guide through their works as well. And Ortlund is a great tour guide. He takes the reader through twelve loci of Edwards's writing--beauty, regeneration, love, joy, gentleness, Scripture, prayer, pilgrimage, ob This is part of a wonderful little series by Crossway that makes historic theologians more accessible to the average reader. I wholeheartedly support reading them in the original (especially Calvin and Schaeffer, two of the six entries--so far--in the series), but it's nice to have a tour guide through their works as well. And Ortlund is a great tour guide. He takes the reader through twelve loci of Edwards's writing--beauty, regeneration, love, joy, gentleness, Scripture, prayer, pilgrimage, obedience, Satan, the soul, and heaven. He shows how Edwards connects these to the Christian's daily life. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on beauty, gentleness, and obedience. Edwards was not a dour preacher, as his reputation would have it. He prized beauty as a reflection of God, treasured gentleness, and inspired obedience through the affections, not fear. Ortlund does a fine job of bringing how the finer points of Edwards's works, and all could benefit. I look forward to reading other entries in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    Best compliment I can give Ortlund's *Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God,* is that it is true and clear representation of Edwards' theological thinking. Chapter one, "Beauty: The Organizing Theme of Edwards's Theology of the Christian Life" is worth the price of the book. After reading this chapter, Edwards' theology began to make sense to me for the first time. Beauty as the holiness of God is the hub to the spokes in Edwards' thinking on sanctification. I understood Edwa Best compliment I can give Ortlund's *Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God,* is that it is true and clear representation of Edwards' theological thinking. Chapter one, "Beauty: The Organizing Theme of Edwards's Theology of the Christian Life" is worth the price of the book. After reading this chapter, Edwards' theology began to make sense to me for the first time. Beauty as the holiness of God is the hub to the spokes in Edwards' thinking on sanctification. I understood Edwards as revivalist and Edwards as preacher, but as not necessarily as theologian. Ortlund makes Edwards sing as a commenter on the Christian life. Ortlund is appreciative of Edwards' writing and preaching, but not without thoughtful evaluation. In fact, one of the better chapters is the last: "Four Criticisms." As with all the Theologians on the Christian Life books published by Crossway, Ortlund's Edwards is worth the reading time and money investment.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    As a high school Junior, I still remember my introduction to Jonathan Edwards from my English literature class. And like many high school English courses today, my teacher only spoke of a Puritan who loved to talk of a God dangling sinners like a spider over the fires of hell. In truth, Edwards more often spoke of a God who was overwhelming interested in the joy of His people. Joy that would flow from setting our sights on the beauty of God. And that's exactly what this book delivered. A vision As a high school Junior, I still remember my introduction to Jonathan Edwards from my English literature class. And like many high school English courses today, my teacher only spoke of a Puritan who loved to talk of a God dangling sinners like a spider over the fires of hell. In truth, Edwards more often spoke of a God who was overwhelming interested in the joy of His people. Joy that would flow from setting our sights on the beauty of God. And that's exactly what this book delivered. A vision for the Beauty of God as the pervasive theme of Edward's preaching and theology. I also loved the short little illustrations. Found myself often making notes of many of them. Wasn't sure which illustrations were from the author, and which originated with Edwards himself. Very good book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Philip Mcduffie

    Edwards is regarded by many the greatest theologian in American history. This book touched on some key emphasis that Edwards had in his theology. It was a delight to read about his view on eternal matters pertaining to the soul. Or how much he exalted to the Word of God to be the chief treasure of treasures. The most impacting part of his theology is his emphasis on beauty though. It was the beauty of God that drove Edwards' preaching and Christian living. That part of his theology alone will im Edwards is regarded by many the greatest theologian in American history. This book touched on some key emphasis that Edwards had in his theology. It was a delight to read about his view on eternal matters pertaining to the soul. Or how much he exalted to the Word of God to be the chief treasure of treasures. The most impacting part of his theology is his emphasis on beauty though. It was the beauty of God that drove Edwards' preaching and Christian living. That part of his theology alone will impact me greatly. Edwards is a fascinating man that I intend to look more into when it comes to future reading.

  25. 4 out of 5

    John

    This book has a lot of quotes from Jonathan Edwards, which I love. Ortlund also does a great job of explaining Edwards' lofty theological thoughts in a really down to earth way that the average modern reader can grasp and benefit from. Edwards was awestruck at the beauty of God. The beauty and glory of God was his defining force in life. This book has motivated me to live in such a manner as well. This book has a lot of quotes from Jonathan Edwards, which I love. Ortlund also does a great job of explaining Edwards' lofty theological thoughts in a really down to earth way that the average modern reader can grasp and benefit from. Edwards was awestruck at the beauty of God. The beauty and glory of God was his defining force in life. This book has motivated me to live in such a manner as well.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mark A Powell

    Jonathan Edwards stands as one of the greatest theologians in American history but his massive corpus of work is often intimidating. Thankfully, Dane Ortlund has written this book. Ortlund magnificently captures and distills Edwards’ thoughts into an immanently accessible and highly pastoral work that will challenge, convict, and edify all who crack its pages with a desire to grow in the image of Christ. Here is a vivid, powerful reminder of the absolute beauty of God.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Allen Tsai

    It may be due to not reading anything Edwards related for awhile, but I thoroughly enjoyed Ortlund's book. I appreciated the format of this book. It basically provides a short synopsis on the major theological doctrines that captivated Edward's heart. For those who want an introduction into the heart of Edwards, this is a great resource. Ortlund's writing style also make the read quite enjoyable. It may be due to not reading anything Edwards related for awhile, but I thoroughly enjoyed Ortlund's book. I appreciated the format of this book. It basically provides a short synopsis on the major theological doctrines that captivated Edward's heart. For those who want an introduction into the heart of Edwards, this is a great resource. Ortlund's writing style also make the read quite enjoyable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I believe that the power of what we do, say, and think plays such an important role in what we can ultimately promote outwardly towards others. The power of the one true voice of all of America is what we stand up to believe in, and recognize peace and learn our own sence of spirituality so we can heal each other as a nation, as a whole, as one, yet divided we fall to learn and get back up.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Ray

    A thorough, balanced, and insightful examination of Edwards' life and writings. Highly recommended if you want to get the lay of the land before diving into "Religious Affections" or others of Edwards' works. A thorough, balanced, and insightful examination of Edwards' life and writings. Highly recommended if you want to get the lay of the land before diving into "Religious Affections" or others of Edwards' works.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sinead Norman

    LOVED this book! Heart warming and so so practical. Especially challenged and inspired by the chapters on prayer and obedience. Food for thought and this book has shone the light of the gospel into my heart again!

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