Charity and Its Fruits: Living in the Light of God's Love  -     Edited By: Kyle Strobel
    By: Jonathan Edwards
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Charity and Its Fruits: Living in the Light of God's Love

Edited By: Kyle Strobel
Crossway Books & Bibles / 2012 / Paperback

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Jonathan Edwards took great pains to illustrate how love must be lived out and exercised in one's life when he exposited I Corinthians 13. Thus Edwards scholar Kyle Strobel has gone to great lengths to help readers understand this classic work of biblical spirituality by providing :

  • A detailed introduction
  • Over 150 explanatory notes addressing difficult concepts throughout the text
  • Definitions of arcane terminology
  • Relevant quotes from Edwards's other writings
  • A conclusion showing how to appropriate Edwards's work


This edition of Charity and Its Fruits: Living in Light of God's Love is an updated, unabridged, and enlightening version of Jonathan Edwards's Charity and Its Fruits-the perfect blend of doctrine and application on the all-important topic, Christian love.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 143352970X
ISBN-13: 9781433529702
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Publisher's Description

A classic, unabridged work by Jonathan Edwards on 1 Corinthians 13—made accessible via annotations, definitions, and callouts written by Edwards scholar Kyle Strobel.

Author Bio

JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703–1758) was a pastor, theologian, and missionary. He is generally considered the greatest American theologian. A prolific writer, Edwards is known for his many sermons, including "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", and his classic Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Edwards was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) shortly before his death. 

Kyle Strobel (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the author of Metamorpha: Jesus as a Way of Life and founder of Metamorpha, an online community for Christian spiritual formation. He has served as a fellow at Yale’s Jonathan Edwards Center, has published several academic reviews of works related to Edwards, and has taught graduate courses on Edwards’s spirituality theology.

Endorsements

I am thrilled that Kyle Strobel has edited this new edition of Edwards’s Charity and Its Fruits. This series of sermons holds a special place in my affections for Edwards for three reasons. First, in Munich, Germany, my wife and I read it aloud to each other in 1972. What a way to build a young marriage! Second, Edwards’s treatment of ‘Charity seeketh not her own’ profoundly shaped my emerging Christian Hedonism. Third, the last chapter, ‘Heaven Is a World of Love,’ is simply unsurpassed in its power to make me want to go there. I am unabashed in my love for Jonathan Edwards—and the grandeur of his God. May God give him an ever-wider voice.
-John Piper,
Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Twin Cities, Minnesota

This new edition of Charity and Its Fruits is a most welcomed addition to the growing library of books by and about the great Jonathan Edwards. For those who mistakenly think that Protestant theologians overemphasize faith at the expense of love, these classic sermons by Edwards will be an antidote to a stereotype. But even more important, this deep mining of 1 Corinthians 13 is a pathway into spiritual theology that will draw every believer closer to Christ.
-Timothy George,
Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School; General Editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

For Jonathan Edwards, the true Puritan understanding of Christianity as love-life in God through Christ was a lifelong theological-pastoral-devotional focus, and his fullest display of it is found here. Kyle Strobel’s comments help us appreciate this classic on communion with God.
-J. I. Packer,
Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College; author, Knowing God

As best I can tell, this is a first in Edwardsean studies. No one has done with Charity and Its Fruits what Kyle Strobel accomplishes here—providing us with an enlightening commentary and a readable text of one of Edwards’s most important, though highly neglected, treatises. All who love Edwards (and everyone should) will profit immensely from this exceptional volume.
-Sam Storms,
Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; author, The Hope of Glory

Jonathan Edwards is America’s most famous theologian, and he is experiencing a resurrection among some evangelicals today. Not all who clap for Edwards have read him extensively, and for some the applause appears to be little more than groupthink. But this annotation of Edwards’s seminal exposition of 1 Corinthians 13, edited by a competent young Edwards specialist who offers an informed introduction to Edwards’s moral thought, holds promise for all of us to become more dedicated to the theological vision for the glory of God at work in the theology of Edwards. All who read Edwards aright know they are in for an experience of sensate knowledge, and not simply academic intelligence. Read this book into worship.
-Scot McKnight,
Karl A. Olsson Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, North Park University

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  1. Bentley Crawford
    Age: 25-34
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great new version of an old classic!
    August 20, 2012
    Bentley Crawford
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Crossway Books recently published a good-looking new version of Jonathan Edwards book: "Charity and It's Fruits" edited by Kyle Strobel.

    To help you get a feel for this book allow me answer the following questions for you:

    1. What is `Charity and It's Fruits' about?

    In 1738 Jonathan Edwards preached a series of fifteen sermons expositing 1 Corinthians 13. These sermons provided a "theological account of love and virtue" and were never published in Edwards lifetime. It is a work that takes a long look at the glorious love passage in 1 Corinthians 13 and examines and exposits each verse with each sermon ending with words of application.

    2. Why should I read `Charity and It's Fruits'?

    First, to have your soul refreshed in the love of God towards you and His power for you to now live a life of love in light of His love.

    Second, as this work is, according to the editor, "one of the best entry points into Jonathan Edward's theology... an intricate tapestry of Edwards's spiritual, theological, and exegetical insights, exposing readers to a much broader picture of his work." It is a great opportunity to read one of America's preeminent theologians and wrestle with his theological and practical reflections.

    3. Why should I read this version of `Charity and It's Fruits'?

    First, according to the editor: "It was not until 1852, nearly one hundred years after Edwards's death, that the sermons were first published. The 1852 edition of the sermons was edited by Tyron Edwards, Edwards's great-great-grandson, and was the standard version used in every other edition of Charity and It's Fruits until Yale published a new edition in 1989. This new edition went back to sermons copied directly from Edwards's own sermon booklets. When they are compared with the Tyron Edwards edition, it becomes clear that Tyron took much liberty in editing Edwards's material. Unfortunately, this new edition is still often unread by the general public because it is bound together with Edwards's other ethical writings in a volume that is nearly eight hundred pages long. For the first time, I provide those interested in Edwards the unedited version of this work in its own volume."

    Second, this particular version of `Charity and It's Fruits' is far more than a pamphlet of photo-copies of the original manuscripts and it is certainly not any type of abridgment or restatement. It includes a detailed introduction giving an overview of Jonathan Edwards theology to help the reader grasp the larger body of thought behind this work. Then it ends with a conclusion considering how one might appropriate this work.

    It also includes over 150 explanatory notes within the text addressing difficult concepts throughout the text as well as definitions to arcane terminology to help the modern reader. It even will list relevant quotes from Edward's other writings as well as appropriate.

    All in all this is a great new version of an old classic. For a sampling of quotes from the book I have and will continue to post them at my blog: The Old Guys.

    Pick this book up and embark on a meditation of that most glorious theme of God's disposition toward us in Jesus Christ and the most essential element of our lives as Christians: Love.

    Disclosure: This book was received for free as part of a blog reviewer program, however I was in no way obligated to review it either positively or negatively.
  2. Chris Land
    Wichita Falls, Tx
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    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fans of Edwards Will Love This Book
    August 16, 2012
    Chris Land
    Wichita Falls, Tx
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There have been many classic books as of late written by authors who have gone before us, that have been re-released by an editor who updated the language of the book for today's audience. Kyle Strobel is one of those editors who took upon himself to update a masterpiece by Jonathan Edwards called Charity and Its Fruits. This book "comprises fifteen sermons preached to (Edwards') congregation in 1738. These sermons exposit 1 Corinthians 13 and provide a theological account of love and virtue" (pg 15).

    The word "charity" was translated from the original Greek word for love, agape. Edwards says that love is the better translation of agape than charity. He also said that "charity in the New Testament is the very same as Christian love." This book contains great theological statements as Edwards preaches on the famous love chapter of the Bible. What made this book more interesting was Strobel's notes throughout the book that explains "difficult concepts throughout the text" (Back Cover).

    Earlier this year, I set out to read more books from dead guys like Edwards as well as Martin Lloyd-Jones and several others. It was a treat for me to not only to review this book but to read it as well. I am also thankful that I am accomplishing my goal of reading more dead author's books.

    This book is a must for all lovers of theology and fans of Edwards. This is also a good book for Pastors to have when they are going to preach through 1 Corinthians 13.
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