I don't normally go for abridged books, and perhaps I shouldn't have done so on this book. Despite it being abridged, I found the book slow, lacking in plot, and not very informative. I was expecting insights into the brief period of history involved, but there were very few of those. This book was not to my taste.
To start with, a book that focusses on Isaac Newton and the Royal Society doesn't seem right with an American accent, but I suppose since the author is an American its acceptable.The first few chapters seemed to me to be a sort of "Walt Disney" version of British history and of the Christian faith of Isaac Newton and his contemporaries. Mr Dolnick would have done well to consult some intelligent modern day Christians before setting down such a cartoon like image.Likewise the broad brush he uses for setting the scene of British history in the early chapters made me feel that the narrator from Winnie-the-Pooh was trying to tell me about the history of my own country.
Having said that, the book improves once he moves on to the main subject and I really enjoyed the last 70% of the book. It was informative and interesting. It helped me to understand the origins of ideas that I learned at school and university, and still use today.
This is not for the fainthearted. Johnathan Edwards doesn't hold back in his message to us all. He must have been brave presenting this in 1741, today I can't imagine anyone doing the same. Its well worth listening too. The language is surprisingly modern, the narrator (Max MacLean) is excellent, and the message is clear and worth hearing.
I chose this book because I enjoyed reading "Whats so amazing about Grace?". But I think in retrospect, this type of book is better in print than in audio. It simply isn't captivating enough for me.
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