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Don't know why anyone would not like this book if they want to learn about Jonathan Edwards. It's written by a true authority on Edwards, and Grover Gardners narration is very easy to listen to. I learned a lot.
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A biography of Edwards and a historical bio of the growing pains of religion and Christianity in the New World.
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I was one of those who, as George Marsden remarks at the start of this book, only knew Jonathan Edwards through having to read his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in high school. Marsden's biography shows Edwards to have been much more than the stereotype of the rigid and Calvinistic Puritan he seemed from that one exposure. This book is a distillation of the much longer biography Marsden wrote, but it's not just an abridgement. Instead, Marsden makes it almost a parallel biography of Edwards and his contemporary, Benjamin Franklin, and throughout the book, reveals much about two streams in the American character--the spiritual and the entrepeneurial--that still come together in both complementary and contradictory ways today. And as always, Grover Gardner provides a wonderful reading of the text. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand what makes America tick (and tock).