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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong, hard hitting and supremely powerful.
This book is a well-known classic, the language used therein is strong enough to bring even the most hardy of people to their knees. Jonathan Edwards certainly wasnt afraid to give people the truth about both heaven and Hell, as from reading this book, one cannot come away without concluding that heaven is even more heavenly because there is a hell that is so...
Published on 7 Dec 2007 by J. Templeton

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1.0 out of 5 stars Always angry
This 'classic' sermon is worth reading only to know what a bad sermon really is. If this sermon was instrumental in a Great Awakening it was despite the content rather than because of it.

The reason this sermon is so bad is not in the hard-hitting imaginative descriptions of hell. The reason it is bad is because it appeals to the wrong motivations to get people...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong, hard hitting and supremely powerful., 7 Dec 2007
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J. Templeton "readaholic" (England) - See all my reviews
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This book is a well-known classic, the language used therein is strong enough to bring even the most hardy of people to their knees. Jonathan Edwards certainly wasnt afraid to give people the truth about both heaven and Hell, as from reading this book, one cannot come away without concluding that heaven is even more heavenly because there is a hell that is so hellish.

One small thing I did find, considering my own personal circumstance at the time is that after many read this and come to the conclusion that their souls are in jeopardy and they must find a way out, the book doesnt really tell you what to do next, you can often be left wondering what to do next.

All in all though, an extremely powerful sermon/book that should be read at least once in every church in both america and england, as it would perhaps serve to awake those who go to church on sunday morning and nothing more.....
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1.0 out of 5 stars Always angry, 22 April 2013
This 'classic' sermon is worth reading only to know what a bad sermon really is. If this sermon was instrumental in a Great Awakening it was despite the content rather than because of it.

The reason this sermon is so bad is not in the hard-hitting imaginative descriptions of hell. The reason it is bad is because it appeals to the wrong motivations to get people to become Christians.

1. It appeals to guilt. By the end of the sermon, the reader or listener will feel so bad that the only thing they will want to do is pray (that's not necessarily a bad thing, but when you are manipulated into it you feel defrauded).

2. It appeals to fear. Politicians use this tactic all the time but you would expect Christian leaders to have more respect and love towards people. If Edwards did have love and respect for those listening to his sermon then he hid it very well. Maybe he was secretly crying inside as he unfolded the horrors of hell and the severity of God. But I doubt it.

3. Here is a sample of what to expect should you choose to taste the dubious delights of this sermon: "The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked. His wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else but to be cast into the fire. He is of purer eyes than to bear you in his sight; you are ten thousand times as abominable in his eyes as the most hateful, venomous serpent is in ours."

Aside from Edwards revelling in God's bad idea of hell, it's not entirely good for self-esteem - thanks a lot Edwards. Sermons should help people and appeal to curiosity, not crush and brow-beat them. I can only imagine the stifling atmosphere when the sermon was delivered. It may say in the Bible 'Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom', but I bet thinking people simply felt brow-beaten in that church service. So here we have it, the words of the great revivalist passed down through generations and generations for the pleasure of our modern ears. Joy of joys.

Anecdotally, when this sermon was delivered there was another forgotten Christian leader seated near Edwards at the time - mid-sermon this forgotten man interrupted the firey preacher quietly and whispered: "Jonathan, isn't God a God of mercy too?". Edwards clearly didn't think so and, being so compelled by (self) righteousness that everyone is a sinner (except himself?) he ensured that only his words lasted.

So read this if you really want to (or you are a masochist), just remember you were warned that it is a sermon which is devoid of love and mercy which appeals to all the wrong motives. It isn't a matter of today's readers being more sophisticated than they were, it is a matter of the people of today seeking a God of love and mercy (maybe one in the image and character of Christ) not a stern god who is constantly angry. Many people already know that god.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 11 July 2014
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Very Challenging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ageless message, 22 Mar 2014
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This is a timeless reminder of the peril every human being faces daily if they don't know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. It is a timely reminder to the church today of the urgency to spread the gospel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sinners in the hands of an angry God., 4 Feb 2014
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I actually purchased this book for a friend, who loved it from start to finish. If you are not remotely stirred by the contents of this book.....you need help - serious help!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all!, 7 Mar 2012
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This is a most soul searching book, everyone should read it. Life is too short to ignore what it says.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, 12 Aug 1999
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A power-packed message, still very timely for our generation. This book makes the reader aware that a Judgement Day is coming, and makes a call for the reader to "get right" with God by drawing near to Lord Jesus.
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