George Whitefield

by Thomas S. Kidd     |     Book Summary


Author: Thomas S. Kidd
Publisher: Yale University Press
Date: 2014
Pages: 325

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


The impact of George Whitefield’s life and preaching in particular and the First Great Awakening in general on American church life is hard to overestimate. Previous biographies dealt with Whitefield’s acumen for using the tools of his day — the printed word through newspapers and more — or on his celebrity and acting ability. 

This study of Whitefield seeks to demonstrate his impact in establishing a new, interdenominational religious movement in the early 18th century with his strong focus on preaching the gospel and conversion. Whitefield’s preaching helped to propel the early rise of evangelicalism as a religious force. His role in the rise of Methodism and the practice of field preaching, as well as his many transatlantic journeys to preach the gospel, serve as a stirring example of a man ablaze for God. 

Yet he was not without challenges. The primary goal of this biography is to offer a “scholarly biography of Whitefield that places him fully in the dynamic, fractious milieu of the early evangelical movement” (p. 3). Whitefield represents one of the greatest evangelists in Christian history, yet he was also just a man with his own struggles, weaknesses, and shortcomings. 





George Whitefield

by Thomas S. Kidd

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

AuthorThomas S. Kidd
PublisherYale University Press
Date2014
Pages325


Overview:

The impact of George Whitefield’s life and preaching in particular and the First Great Awakening in general on American church life is hard to overestimate. Previous biographies dealt with Whitefield’s acumen for using the tools of his day — the printed word through newspapers and more — or on his celebrity and acting ability. 

This study of Whitefield seeks to demonstrate his impact in establishing a new, interdenominational religious movement in the early 18th century with his strong focus on preaching the gospel and conversion. Whitefield’s preaching helped to propel the early rise of evangelicalism as a religious force. His role in the rise of Methodism and the practice of field preaching, as well as his many transatlantic journeys to preach the gospel, serve as a stirring example of a man ablaze for God. 

Yet he was not without challenges. The primary goal of this biography is to offer a “scholarly biography of Whitefield that places him fully in the dynamic, fractious milieu of the early evangelical movement” (p. 3). Whitefield represents one of the greatest evangelists in Christian history, yet he was also just a man with his own struggles, weaknesses, and shortcomings. 




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