Monday, May 21, 2007

Letters of Jonathan Edwards

Michael Haykin recently edited--and Reformed Heritage Books published--a nice little collection of Jonathan Edwards's letters, with a particular focus on his piety. It's appropriately titled, A Sweet Flame: Piety in the Letters of Jonathan Edwards.

Steve Nichols and I each wrote blurbs for the back cover:
In this collection of letters Michael Haykin offers you a behind-the-scenes look into the life of Jonathan Edwards. As you look, you will see him dealing with sick children, trying to make sense out of the conflict with his Northampton congregation, and reveling in the serendipities of friendship. Read these letters and you will find Edwards becoming your own "most obliging and affectionate friend in the labors of the gospel."--Stephen J. Nichols

Jonathan Edwards was not only a brilliant theologian, but also a devoted husband, father, pastor, and friend. Underneath it all, he was a man passionate about living in joyful obedience to God. In this highly recommended collection of letters, skillfully edited and annotated by historian Michael Haykin, Edwards' warm-hearted piety shines through every page, giving us a glimpse into the heart and mind of this servant of God.--Justin Taylor