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!!

1 comment:

Trisha said...

I appreciate your reviews and what you mention as cautions. Truly, we are so likeminded about these things. This sounds like a great resource.