Thursday Book Review – Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards


A while back I wrote about Jonathan Edwards testimony, which you can read here, and at the time I was working my way through his treasured work Religious Affections. It took me a little longer to finish this book due to its length, and dutiful use of the Word. It was well worth the read! It was published in 1746, written by the American theologian who helped kick off the first Great Awakening.

One of the best parts about this book is that everything Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) speaks of he gives multiple verses to back up. This makes reading the book a lot like having a long, edifying, Bible study with the great theologian. It still has so much relevance in the body of Christ today.

I recommend this book to anyone questioning their own affections for Christ, or those that win souls and wish to better judge whether others are in the faith. This book is in the public domain so it’s accessible in pdf form, audible form, Kindle form, or you can purchase your own copy. As always beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

https://www.ccel.org/ccel/edwards/affections.html

Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

5 thoughts on “Thursday Book Review – Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards”

  1. Sister, thanks for these resources! I’m only slightly aware of Edward’s and Whitefield’s leadership in the First Great Awakening, which “pulled away from ritual, ceremony, sacramentalism, and hierarchy, and made Christianity intensely personal to the average person by fostering a deep sense of spiritual conviction and redemption, and by encouraging introspection and a commitment to a new standard of personal morality” (from Wikipedia). What a great blessing this movement was in returning the church yet further to the simple yet glorious Gospel and stepping farther away from impersonal ritual and sacramentalism. Catholics laugh at the many Protestant denominations but it took many movements over many centuries to remove vestiges of Roman error. I know Lloyd-Jones had great respect for Edwards and the great revival he sparked and I found the article below. Will we ever see another national revival like that? I guess we shouldn’t even worry about that but just keep our hand to the plow!
    http://articles.ochristian.com/article3437.shtml

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    1. Wow, what an awesome article! I love the point MLJ makes about Edwards writing his best stuff during the time he was thrown out of his church, just like Bunyan in prison writing the Pilgrims Progress. Thank you for sharing it with me brother!

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    1. I was extremely blessed by this book, much more then I expected to be. Not just that Edwards takes so much time to go through the scripture with the reader, but it’s also so relevant to everything I’ve seen in the last couple years sense becoming a Christian. I listened to the free audio book, but now I might have to put it on my Christmas list to get a real copy. God bless you, brother!

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