Thursday, November 17, 2011

Book Review: America's Genius-Jonathan Edwards


Christian Timothy George has done the Christian community a wonderful service in writing a biography of Jonathan Edwards for our young ones. In America’s Genius: Jonathan Edwards, George clearly communicates the Gospel throughout the entire book. He upholds God’s sovereignty and communicates sound doctrine in a way that is understandable for young people. George also incorporates many Biblical lessons throughout this look at Edwards’ life including the power of God’s Word, loving one’s enemies, salvation by grace alone--not works, dying to self/daily taking up our cross, the importance of Christ’s resurrection, the satisfaction of knowing Christ, counting the cost of following Christ, God’s mercy, true wisdom, and more.

George doesn’t elevate Edwards but shows that he was a man with a sinful nature like ours through whom God was pleased to work. He fought pride, anger, and a sharp tongue. Like Paul, Edwards did not do what he wanted, but did the very things he hated (Romans 7: 15). Edwards’ prayers for humility were encouraging. Although Edwards was a remarkable, godly man, George esteems God highly and gives Him the glory for Edwards’ life.

George reveals the culture and thoughts of Edward’s day in an engaging manner. In so doing, George does include about a page and a half discussing bundling (beginning at the bottom of page 78). In this discussion, there is a definition, reference to sexual temptation, sexual pleasure, and sexual immorality, and an encouragement to flee temptation. George handles this subject very carefully, however, some with younger children may wish to skip these pages until their children are older.

This book includes helpful study guide questions that offer a Scripture for reflection and application. Among the topics are: delighting in the Lord, struggling against sin, speaking truth even when it’s hard, disciplining the body, the blessing(s) of pain, the value of God’s Word, worshiping God, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, knowing God’s will, and living a life that eagerly awaits our Savior. George also includes a timeline, a list of actual quotes and/or paraphrases of Edwards, a bibliography, and a list of Edward’s works.

George quotes Scripture frequently and introduces his readers to Edward’s major works, his contemporaries, and those who influenced him. Furthermore, readers of this book will find encouragement to be faithful to and grow in their understanding of the Word of God. I highly recommend this wonderful book for young people!

Denise George generously sent me a copy of America's Genius: Jonathan Edwards to share with one of my readers. Many thanks to all who entered!! Congratulations to Holly who won the giveaway! :)

*Many thanks to Denise George who graciously sent me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Book Review: The Magnificent Amazing Time Machine

The Magnificent Amazing Time Machine by Sinclair Ferguson takes its reader on a journey back to the cross and to the beginning of time, offering a brief look at several pivotal events in Redemptive history. This book’s brevity results in a work that keeps the attention of young children while communicating several important Biblical truths.

Ferguson travels back to the beginning of time and allows his readers to listen to a hypothetical conversation between the members of the Trinity, in-so-doing revealing that salvation was God’s plan from the beginning of time. He also highlights (in a way that young children can easily grasp)  the various roles of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with regard to salvation. Furthermore, Ferguson teaches the reader about the role of the daily sacrifices which were offered by the Jewish High Priest.

My kids (ages 3 to 8) and I enjoyed The Magnificent Amazing Time Machine. It’s a unique book for young children that presents a wide-angle view of God’s plan to “save people from the terrible results of their sin”, accomplished by the Son and apprehended through the Spirit.

*Many thanks to Christian Focus Publications for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion! It is such a blessing to have Biblical resources that help us teach these deep, theological truths to our little blessings! :)