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Jonathan Edwards is one of the most extraordinary figures in American history. Arguably the most brilliant theologian ever born on American soil, Edwards (1703 - 1758) was also a pastor, a renowned preacher, a missionary to the Native Americans, a biographer, a college president, a philosopher, a loving husband, and the father of 11 children.

George M. Marsden - widely acclaimed for his magisterial large study of Edwards - has now written a new, shorter biography of this many-sided, remarkable man. A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards is not an abridgment of Marsden's earlier award-winning study but is instead a completely new narrative based on his extensive research. The result is a concise, fresh retelling of the Edwards story, rich in scholarship yet compelling and readable for a much wider audience, including students.

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Terrific book and well narrated

Don't know why anyone would not like this book if they want to learn about Jonathan Edwards. It's written by a true authority on Edwards, and Grover Gardners narration is very easy to listen to. I learned a lot.

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Informative, historical

A biography of Edwards and a historical bio of the growing pains of religion and Christianity in the New World.

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A great great book that was so informative

Please enjoy this awesome book that will challenge you in so many ways and it will make you want to seek Jesus more and more
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Fast paced and well written

I really enjoyed this biography. It was a quick listen and very engaging. Highly recommended.

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Excellent study of Edwards' Life

George Marsden has written a very accessible and engaging study of the life of Jonathan Edwards. I very much enjoyed and appreciated this book. Marsden has given us a very professional job as a historian while touching on all the interesting aspects of Edwards's life that I would have wanted to know more about. I found it a great listen and very highly recommend it.

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Far more illuminating than I expected

I was one of those who, as George Marsden remarks at the start of this book, only knew Jonathan Edwards through having to read his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in high school. Marsden's biography shows Edwards to have been much more than the stereotype of the rigid and Calvinistic Puritan he seemed from that one exposure. This book is a distillation of the much longer biography Marsden wrote, but it's not just an abridgement. Instead, Marsden makes it almost a parallel biography of Edwards and his contemporary, Benjamin Franklin, and throughout the book, reveals much about two streams in the American character--the spiritual and the entrepeneurial--that still come together in both complementary and contradictory ways today. And as always, Grover Gardner provides a wonderful reading of the text. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand what makes America tick (and tock).