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George Whitefield and the Great Awakening [Paperback]

John Pollock
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31 Jan 1986
A biography which captures the sensation created by a young man who began without income or influence and went on to make an impact on society both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lion; New edition (31 Jan 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745910181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745910185
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Englands REAL "Saint George"! 17 Jun 2010
This is a marvellously lively and engaging biography.
It is ideal as an introduction, and "Awakener", to the life of the great Awakener himself and, lets be honest,the REAL Saint George of England!
John Pollocks book is a good "appetiser" for the essential reading of Arnold Dallimore's 2vols, 'The Life of George Whitfield" published by the Banner of Truth in the UK.
It necessarily contains far less detail, but on the upside does escape the rather disingenuous 'angling' of George Whitfields 'Baptism of the Spirit'which Dallimores "Cessationist" position slipped him into,so that it is made to look like his original Conversion to Christ!
(Fortunately George Whitfields Journals are still in print and the reader is able to find out what REALLY happened!)
George Whitfield was probably the single greatest evangelist that Great Britain has ever seen.
This is the man who had to PERSUADE John and Charles Wesley to come and join him in what they regarded as the indignity of outdoor preaching.
Fortunately he succeeded!
Like so many of the Puritans whose writings, (like Spurgeon later), he imbibed deeply, his Calvinism was an encouragement to evangelism rather than an excuse to avoid it! The fact that God SAVES sinners is, after all,what MAKES preaching actually EFFECTIVE!
George Whitfield had an astonishing testimony - and by that i mean his whole life!
He travelled extensively for the period, and had as much a ministry in America as he did here in the UK.
Here is an arresting example of what Christ can do with a truly faithful servant, and hence a much needed kick-up-the-pants for the modern Christian!
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I found the item very useful and I had no problem with it and I did not wait for it too much but exactly the time suggest at the time of the purchasing. thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential biography 28 Oct 2006
By James Forsyth - Published on
George Whitefield, like so many of us, exhibited a slow progression towards mature Christian faith. That our heroes were imperfect (save for the Lord himself) is an encouragement to us all.

In this smart little biography we meet a number of other giants involved in the Great Awakening. The Wesleys appear at various times, in latter stages clashing with Whitefield over predestination. Jonathan Edwards, another great evangelist, appears from page 163 onwards. John Newton (author of 'Amazing Grace' and one who very slowly was weaned by the Lord from a slave-trading living) has a shorter mention on page 191. David Brainerd (missionary to the "Indians").

One point on the split between Whitefield and (John) Wesley which I didn't understand requires quotation:

"Their disagreement echoed the old dispute which split the Reformation between Luther and Calvin - although Wesley was not a slavish follower of Luther, nor Whitefield of Calvin - while their different angles on the great Reformation doctrine of Justification by Faith were rendered more acute by personal weakness...."

Was there really such a split between Luther and Calvin? Calvin was of the next generation to Luther, and approved very much of the man and his writings. If anything, Calvin developed what had gone before, but I was not aware of any contradiction of Luther in this important matter of Justification by Faith.

However, I'm sure this is not a mistake or oversight by the author John Pollock. He obviously knows what he's talking about and is a far more capable writer and Church historian than I will ever be. I put this down to my own ignorance of the reformers' theologies.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Spiritual Greatness 8 Nov 2010
By Bluebird - Published on
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This book is very enlightening. There are many powerful men and women who have gone before George Whitefield. I am delighted to find this book on Amazon,com John pollock has given us a greater understanding of what prayer can
do for our nation. Hunger for God, can be understood by reading George Whitefields Life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The quality of the book is great. 9 May 2009
By Rachel Jeffries Int'l Ministries - Published on
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This book is a great book for inspiring us to have an awakening to God again in our country. It was also in good condition when I received it. I do suggest however that used book companies wipe the books with a damp towel with rubbing alcohol before sending them out.

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5.0 out of 5 stars George Whitefield and the Great Awakening 7 Jun 2009
By S. Arnold - Published on
The product came when promised (closer to the end of the promise, but still arrived within the days promised) Great condition! Thanks and Good Job!
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