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Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield (Leaders in Action Series) [Hardcover]

By Stephen Mansfield (Author)
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George Whitfield was one of the most extraordinary men of his time. Known mostly in connection with the Great Awakening of the 1700s, he befriended men like Benjamin Franklin, converted men like Patrick Henry, and inspired men like George Washington. Many of the American colonists considered him the father of their revolution. "Forgotten Founding Father" is an incisive look at the qualities of leadership that made him such an effective and powerful figure in both England and America and left a legacy that continues to this day.

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For many of those who are even familiar with his name, George Whitfield is thought of as a preacher, a man connected with the Great Awakening in the 1700s. While this is true, it is only part of the story. As a student at Oxford University, he experienced a spiritual awakening under the influence of John Wesley's Methodists and immediately began tending to prisoners, caring for the poor, and preaching the Christian gospel. He met with astounding success, in time speaking to larger crowds than had ever gathered in the history of England. Whitefield became the most famous man of his age.

His impact upon the American colonies, however, may have been his most lasting gift. In seven tours of the colonies, Whitfield preached from Georgia to Maine, calling the colonists to spiritual conversion and challenging them in their sense of national destiny. He befriended men like Benjamin Franklin, converted men like Patrick Henry, and inspired men like George Washington. Furthermore, when he learned that England intended to tighten her control over the colonies, Whitefield warmed his American friends in sermon after sermon and even accompanied Benjamin Franklin to make the American case in the Court of Saint James. Many of the colonists considered him the father of their revolution.

Forgotten Founding Father captures the early struggles and international successes of this amazing leader. The result is a portrait of a gifted but flawed human who yielded himself as a tool in the hands of a sovereign God. Also portrayed is how important Whitfield was to the American cause and how much Americans today owe to him -- a story that will inspire a new generation with a past vividly and truthfully retold.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Cumberland House Publishing
Pages   283
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.98" Width: 4.8" Height: 0.95"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 2001
Publisher   CUMBERLAND HOUSE #572
Series  Leaders In Action  
ISBN  1581821654  
ISBN13  9781581821659  
UPC  610529002593  

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More About Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times best-selling author of The Faith of George W. Bush, Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission, and Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill, among other works of history and biography. Founder of both The Mansfield Group, a consulting and communications firm, and Chartwell Literary Group, which creates and manages literary projects, Stephen is also in wide demand as a lecturer and speaker. For more information, log on to David A. Holland is an author, speaker, media consultant, and award-winning copywriter who writes the popular blog and the satirical He is the co-author of Paul Harvey s America, as well as numerous articles, essays, and opinion pieces.


Stephen Mansfield currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Stephen Mansfield was born in 1958.

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Life Of A Legendary Preacher  Sep 28, 2007
Mansfield does a good job at researching and narrating the life of George Whitefield. Although the book succeeds as a autobiographic-inspirational, I somehow found the book somewhat short on facts and Whitefield's exact impact on people or the culture. Surely there must be more known of this great Puritan-like man, perhaps the greatest trans-Atlantic preacher of all time?
An okay starting point  Jan 22, 2006
This is a nice introduction to George Whitefield, and its short chapters, strong narrative and straightforward vocabulary makes it a good choice, perhaps, for middle- and high-school students.

It is most refreshing to read a book about a famous Christian written by a Christian, in which the Christian life is understoond, and a given.

However, this book has some sloppy history. The author makes statements that he does not back up, and some of his assertions are incorrect. For instance, he says that bear-baiting and public executions were products of the eighteenth century, and holds them up as departures from England's Christian past, when in fact they had been around for a lot longer than that. There are, unfortunately, a number of examples like this, throughout the book.

Also, his analysis of Whitefield's character is wanting. His goal is clear in the title of the book -- to highlight Whitefield's "heroic legacy." And that's a great goal -- historians often do emphasize the failings of the famous, and neglect their successes. But Mansfield but does not draw very deep or satisfying conclusions from the failings of this complex, inspirational man.

That being said, I did enjoy this book -- though it annoyed me at times -- and I found it inspirational.
Forgottten Founding Father: A Online Review  Feb 26, 2005
Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield is a outstanding biography of a man who had a great influence on young Benjamin Franklin. This epic follows Whitefield from childhood to his ministry in the colony of Georgia. A must read for any one who wish to study early American history. Steven Mansfield doses a splendid job at writing Whitefield's life story.
Our Forgotten History  Jul 14, 2001
With movies like Patriot reviving an interest in our Colonial roots, our heritage of faith is also reviving. One of the stories that has not been told well enough is how our American Revolution grew out of a revival of Christian faith called the Great Awakening. The leader of this movement was an amazing man named George Whitefield. Few know that name today, but our Founding Fathers new it well and honored it as a force in the founding of our nation

Stephen Mansfield has written an accessible, moving, skillfully told story of the man who is indeed our "Forgotten Founding Father." If you love this book as I do, then don't miss Mansfield's other biographies, like Never Give In on Winston Churchill and Then Darkness Fled on Booker T. Washington. Each of these marvelous books restores a heritage largely lost to our generation.


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