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Life and Times of George Whitefield

Life and Times of George Whitefield
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Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.2 in
topic

Pastoral Biography

Banner Pub Date

Jul 16, 2007

page-count

588

Original Pub Date

1837

isbn

9780851519609

binding

Paperback

Format

Book

Book Description

There can be few Christians who changed the life of nations only to be as little remembered as George Whitefield. In part this was because he left no denomination. Except for the short biography by the Scotsman, John Gillies (published two years after his death), Whitefield’s memory was left largely in the hands of those who wished to attribute his influence to ‘theatrical talent’ and fanaticism. The tide of unfavorable opinion did not change until the publication of Robert Philip’s volume in 1837. By 1852 J.C. Ryle was among those popularizing the belief that ‘Whitefield was one of the most powerful and extraordinary preachers the world has ever seen.’ Later and more definitive biographies were to confirm this opinion, notably the two volumes of Luke Tyerman 1876-1877 and of Arnold Dallimore in 1970 and 1980.

Philip’s biography, however, remains the best account in a single volume. Drawing on the testimony of those who had a personal knowledge of his subject, and from his own extensive study of Whitefield’s journals, letters and sermons, Philip grasped the great lesson of the evangelist’s life, namely, that it is the Holy Spirit who makes preachers.

Philip is not an uncritical biographer, and he is ready to note weaknesses and failures that admirers of Whitefield have sometimes passed over. But the outstanding feature of his work is the way in which he allows his subject to speak for himself. He seems to have absorbed all that Whitefield ever said and wrote, and his selection brings us into direct contact with the man. Thus Philip can truthfully write: ‘This work is chiefly from Whitefield’s own pen. So far as it is mine, it is in his own spirit.’

For those who want a work of quiet scholarship, Philip is not their man. But where there is a desire for the evangelical flame-for words that burn, and reach heart and soul- this volume will clearly show why the gospel can turn the world upside down.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

CHAPTER I.
WHITEFIELD’S EARLY LIFE, EDUCATION, AND ORDINATION 1
CHAPTER II.
WHITEFIELD’S INTRODUCTION TO LONDON 47
CHAPTER III.
WHITEFIELD’S FIRST VOYAGE AND VISIT TO GEORGIA 55
CHAPTER IV.
WHITEFIELD’S FIRST GREAT MEASURES IN LONDON, 1739 73
CHAPTER V.
WHITEFIELD’S FIRST VISITS TO THE COUNTRY 97
CHAPTER VI.
WHITEFIELD IN WALES 110
CHAPTER VII.
WHITEFIELD IN AMERICA 136
CHAPTER VIII.
WHITEFIELD’S BREACH WITH WESLEY 195
CHAPTER IX.
WHITEFIELD IN SCOTLAND, 1741 218
CHAPTER X.
WHITEFIELD AND THE DISSENTERS 252
CHAPTER XI.
WHITEFIELD’S DOMESTIC LIFE 264
CHAPTER XII.
WHITEFIELD AT CAMBUSLANG 291
CHAPTER XIII.
WHITEFIELD ITINERATING 306
CHAPTER XIV.
WHITEFIELD ITINERATING IN AMERICA, 1744 319
CHAPTER XV.
WHITEFIELD IN BERMUDAS 334
CHAPTER XVI.
WHITEFIELD RANGING 346
CHAPTER XVII.
WHITEFIELD IN IRELAND 371
CHAPTER XVIII.
WHITEFIELD’S CHARACTERISTIC SAYINGS, 1734 TO 1745 378
CHAPTER XIX.
WHITEFIELD REVISITING 398
CHAPTER XX.
WHITEFIELD IN LISBON, 1754 417
CHAPTER XXI.
WHITEFIELD AND THE LONDON MORAVIANS 432
CHAPTER XXII.
WHITEFIELD’S INFLUENCE IN AMERICA. FIRST PART 441
CHAPTER XXIII.
WHITEFIELD’S PUBLIC SPIRIT 446
CHAPTER XXIV.
WHITEFIELD’S INFLUENCE IN AMERICA. SECOND PART 467
CHAPTER XXV.
WHITEFIELD AND THE BISHOPS 473
CHAPTER XXVI.
WHITEFIELD’S LAST LABOURS AT HOME 484
CHAPTER XXVII.
WHITEFIELD AND EDMUND HALL 491
CHAPTER XXVIII.
WHITEFIELD’S LAST VOYAGE 497
CHAPTER XXIX.
WHITEFIELD AND THE NOBILITY 507
CHAPTER XXX.
WHITEFIELD’S LAST ITINERACY 520
CHAPTER XXXI.
WHITEFIELD’S FUNERAL 535
CHAPTER XXXII.
WHITEFIELD’S CHARACTERISTICS 552
CHAPTER XXXIII.
WHITEFIELD PREACHING 573

 

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