Jonathan Edwards was born October 5, 1703—nearly 310 years ago. Now, as you prepare to celebrate his influence by revisiting his sermons and treatises, you can use coupon code JEDWARDS2013 to save $50 on his collected works!
A precocious, disciplined life of faith
Edwards was born in Connecticut to unusual parents. His father tutored college hopefuls across New England, and his mother, uniquely independent and well educated among American women of her era, raised 11 children, mostly on her own.
A bright student, Edwards entered Yale College at 13 and graduated, at 17, as class valedictorian. Before choosing, after graduation, to study theology and philosophy, he was deeply interested in science—specifically, the work of Isaac Newton. He was a man fascinated with the universe, and he sought to understand every corner of it.
Edwards was ordained and married in the same year, 1727. He demonstrated remarkable personal discipline, studying thirteen hours a day and preaching a pair of two-hour sermons each week.
A father of the Great Awakening
On July 7, 1731, Edwards delivered a powerful sermon to which 300 people responded with professions of faith. Sermons in the weeks to follow were met with even more conversions, and the revival spread from Northampton throughout the 13 colonies, gaining even more momentum when George Whitfield arrived from England to partner with Edwards.
The two could not have been more opposite. Whitfield was an imposing physical presence with a booming baritone voice who never used notes when he preached. Edwards’ voice, by contrast, was not strong, but solemn and eloquent. He read his sermons from a small booklet that he’d made himself by sewing together small pieces of paper, most of which had been already used for other purposes. It was all but impossible to see his face when he preached—poor eyesight caused him to hold his recycled notes inches from his nose. But Edwards, despite his lack of flash, led thousands to repentance through his profound preaching.
Learn from Edwards’ historic sermons
The Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 vols.) contains more than 29 of his sermons, including the iconic “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” as well as his theological discourses and the Life and Diary of the Rev. David Brainerd (by whom Edwards was greatly inspired). If you’ve ever wanted to get acquainted with the works of Jonathan Edwards, now is the time—this discount lasts only until October 7.
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