Jonathan Edwards lived at a time when many ideas about the world, life, and God were being questioned seriously for the first time in centuries, 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. This book 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 to life in colonial America.

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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, as well as 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!

— Dr. 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, stir the affections.

— Dr. Kenneth P. Minkema, executive director of the Jonathan Edwards Center and Online Archive at Yale University


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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