Item description for George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century by Arnold A. Dallimore...
Overview This fast-paced, easy-to-read narrative reveals how God used one man of great courage, discipline, and humility to bring countless souls to Christ.
God's accomplishments through George Whitefield are to this day virtually unparalleled. In an era when many ministers were timid and apologetic in their preaching, he preached the gospel with zeal and undaunted courage. In the wake of his fearless preaching, revival swept across the British Isles, and the Great Awakening transformed the American colonies. The previous two-volume work George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the Eighteenth-Century Revival is now condensed into this single volume, filled with primary-source quotations from the eighteenth century, not only from Whitefield but also from prominent figures such as John and Charles Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, and William Cowper.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 6.44" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2010
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 1433513412 ISBN13 9781433513411
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More About Arnold A. Dallimore
Arnold A. Dallimore was a Baptist pastor for thirty-eight years and a successful biographer of Christian leaders. His books include A Heart Set Free: The Life of Charles Wesley and Spurgeon: A New Biography.
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Inspirational account of Whitefield, shameless treatment of Wesley Feb 23, 2010
I have mixed feelings about this work. On the one hand it is a pleasant to read account of an amazing man of God. On the other hand the author needlessly includes attacks on John Wesley in a manner that would not have been acceptable to Whitefield. It offers only a few words about Whitefield's serious flaws, such as his passionate support of black slavery. It reads like a polemic in praise of Whitefield and attacking those whom the author feels disagreed with Whitefield. It does not read like history; the author's theory of Wesley's supposed selfish ambition does not ring true with more serious works of history and Whitefield's own published material. In support of these extraordinary accusations the reader is offered only casual and often curious references. For example he invokes the lightly regarded bibliography by Southey in support of his thesis, but neglects to mention that Southey later recanted his opinion in this regard. In short I am left with a deeper admiration of Whitefield, but the nagging feeling that Whitefield himself would not have appreciated being lionized in this manner, nor would he have appreciated the character assassination of his good friend John Wesley.
What a dedicated Christian! Feb 21, 2010
I was impressed with the devotion and energy of George Whitefield. He was the driving force for the early Methodist movement, but his name is lost to most people as John Wesely is now identified as the founder of the church.
It is a story telling of the work of the Holy Spirit in a human being, and how it motivated him to tell the story of Jesus in a way that captivated the hearts of people. I was astounded to read of the vast number of people who stood outside to listen to George preach, without the aid of voice amplification.
Read it and gain a new sense of history in the Christian faith.
Inspiring Biography May 16, 2009
In George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century, Arnold Dallimore gives us a fast moving 200 page version of his 1200 page, two-volume biography of Whitefield.
George Whitefield grew up in England and attended Oxford with his friends John and Charles Wesley. These young men shared a passion for the Lord and for Evangelism, but differences in doctrine drove them apart. Whitefield held to the doctrines of grace: "I embrace the Calvinistic scheme, not because Calvin, but Jesus Christ has taught it to me." John Wesley, on the other hand, viewed Calvinism as heresy. Despite this, the three maintained a love for each other throughout their lives. Even after bitter controversy, John Wesley preached Whitefield's funeral.
Whitefield began preaching in the open air--sometimes to crowds estimated at near 80,000--while still in England. He continued this in North America, where he served as a missionary. While there, he became friends with Benjamin Franklin, and his preaching, along with that of Jonathan Edwards, was instrumental in bringing about the Great Awakening.
Dr. Dallimore calls Whitefield "the greatest evangelist since the apostle Paul." There is no doubt that he had an extraordinary love and burden for sinners; tears often streamed down his face while he pleaded with them to come to Christ, and he considered himself "the servant of all." When he died at 55, he had preached 30,000 sermons. Even when his doctor told him that he had to quit preaching and rest, he kept on. The night of his death, while on his way upstairs to bed, he paused to preach to a small group that had come to the door begging him to share the gospel. He preached until the candle in his hand burned out, and then he went to his final rest.
Biographies are often the most interesting, encouraging, and edifying books that I read. I consider this one of the best. It is hard to put down, and it's hard to read without being changed.
One Of The Greatest Preachers! Feb 7, 2009
This book was my introduction to George Whitefield. All I can say about his life is..."absolutely amazing"! Dallimore does a superb job of relating Whitefield's life. I understand this is a condensed version of his two-volume set, however this work is marvelous. I would not hesitate to pick up the two-volume set, even after reading this compact version. This book is so good you leave it wanting to read more of Whitefield!
Great book May 15, 2007
Inspiration from a great 18th century Christian, I opted to read the shorter version, this one. I think that we can learn and be inspired from Christians who seek God's Kingdom. He led an interesting life. He knew Ben Franklin and some of England's nobility but was very modest.