I'd heard of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) as a preacher and author greatly used in the Great Awakening in America in the 1740s, and I'd read one of his books, but I had never read about his life before. So when this biography came into the Library, I was keen to read it. I was not disappointed!
It is easy to assume that Christians who are greatly used by God have blessed, easy, lives. Not so for Mr Edwards! Born into a godly, Christian family (his father was a Pastor), Mr Edwards was 18 when he was saved. He attended college, and was soon licensed as a minister. After a period teaching at Yale, in 1726 he was invited to join his Grandfather's church in Northampton, New England as minister. His ministry here was fruitful, and the church experienced the Great Awakening in the early 1740s, when Christians experienced revival in a deeper relationship with God and many were saved. However, division followed and Rev Edwards became a `prophet without honour' in his own time, when his Church asked him to leave after 23 years service as their Pastor. He was made homeless and had no income, and it was a while before he was called another Pastorate - a tough job on the frontier. He died aged 54, 3 months after accepting the Presidency of Princeton College.
Ian Murray is an excellent biographer; thorough in his researches, and yet spiritual in his approach. When you read a biography by him, not only will you learn a lot about the person, you will also learn spiritual truths and lessons from their lives. I recommend you read books by Mr Murray - and also books by Mr Edwards!