Book Review: The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven J. Lawson

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567691080
  • Amazon.com
  • Westminster Books

Jonathan Edwards is commonly known for his (in)famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God.”  But this Colonial Puritan pastor is much more than one, often misconstrued, sermon.

Edwards was all about the glory of God in all things.  In fact, he was convinced more than ever that this pursuit of the glory of God in all all things must first be pursued through personal holiness.  With this determination, young Edwards, still a teenage and a newly convert to Christ, crafted his “Resolutions,” between the late summer of 1722 to August 17, 1723.  These “Seventy Resolutions” were to frame the moral compass of his life as he pursued the glory of God through a personal pursuit of holiness.

But young Edwards did not rely on his own human strength to meet these “Resolutions.”  Rather, in the preamble to his “Resolutions,” he writes:

Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.

In The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, the second in a series on “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile,” Dr. Steven J. Lawson, pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, AL., delves into the “Seventy Resolutions” of Edwards around six main headings: (1) Pursuing the Glory of God; (2) Forsaking Sin; (3) Making Proper Use of God-Allotted Time; (4) Living with All His Being for the Lord; (5) Pursuing Humily and Love; and (6) Making Frequent Self-Examination.

Dr. Lawson also reflected on some of Edwards personal struggles with sin.

If I were half as resolved as Edwards was, I would be a better follower of Jesus Christ.

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8 Responses to Book Review: The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven J. Lawson

  1. Richard says:

    Edwards was a brilliant theologian!

  2. tc robinson says:

    Richard, I quite agree.

  3. Richard says:

    Two good books by Edwards: (1) Religious Affections, and (2) History of the Work of Redemption.

    Of course you could always purchase his two volume Works. 😉

  4. tc robinson says:

    Richard, I have not read any whole works of the brilliant Edwards. Oh, I read his “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God”!

    I thought about getting his two volume works before, but I was discouraged by the typeset and so on. I’ll wait till they get it right.

  5. Richard says:

    Yes, the typeset is rather clumsy in his Works…so tiny.

  6. tc robinson says:

    Henderson Publishers may do something. I hope they do.

  7. Richard says:

    Religious Affections is online here

    Works Vol. 1 here and vol. 2 here.

  8. tc robinson says:

    Thanks, but I like to turn pages.

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