A Burning and Shining Light: The Testimony and Witness of George Whitefield
A Burning and Shining Light: The Testimony and Witness of George Whitefield  -     By: Dan Nelson
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 310
Vendor: Lifesong Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.65 (inches)
ISBN: 0979911672
ISBN-13: 9780979911675

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A Burning and Shining Light is a comprehensive, modern-day biography of George Whitefield, the Great Awakening Evangelist. Chronological in nature, its emphasis is on his travel, preaching, and influence on two continents. Nelson's intent is to expand the reader's understanding of Whitefield's ministry to its influence today, by bringing the reader into Whitefield's era. The reader will observe the events of his life, participating in Whitefield's passion for ministry, as well as his joys and sorrows. An evaluation of Whitefield's influence is given in the last two chapters. The book is laden with references from other biographies and books about Whitefield. The biography regards the time in which he lived, comparing it to today's time, by evaluating his inward motivations and influences that made him one of the greatest preachers in the History of Christianity.

Readers who are interested in early history of the American colonies and the history of one of the greatest dramatic preachers of all time will appreciate this look into what made evangelism what it is today. It's appeal to pastors, students, and leaders who need a magnificent model of perseverance and overcoming obstacles.

Students of evangelism will be intrigued by the origin of effective mass evangelism methods. Theologians and believers interested in the struggle between Calvinism and Arminianism will profit from the history of this doctrinal controversy with Wesley.

The passive observer who knows nothing about Whitefield can be enlightened to an almost unbelievable legacy of Whitefield's impact on people in a day with so many limitations on travel, communication, and expansion. The impact is a legacy of one who rose out from small beginnings to leave a tremendous example for others to follow.

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Author: Dan Nelson
Located in: Camarillo, Californi
Submitted: April 07, 2018

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I have served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Camarillo, California, in the greater Los Angeles area for the last 34 years. I have three books have been recently published over the last few years. My wife Janice and I have been married for 43 years. We have two daughters: Krista and Kimberly; who with their families live in Texas and Oregon. Dan has also served as pastor of two other Baptist Churches. He holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, a Doctor of Philosophy degree from California Graduate School of Theology in Glendale, California, the Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He is a graduate of William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with a B.A. degree. My first two books deal with diverse subjects. Baptist Revival gives a concise understanding of some the beliefs and practices that have made Baptists unique with scripture and history to support his writing. Game on All the Time is a fun book recounting Dan’s Father who was a High School Football Coach in the South. He relates locker room stories, an account of his Dad’s life, many interesting stories about family and community that abound with much humor.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  It is to motivate people to be used of God the way He used Whitefield. A Burning and Shining Light is a biography of George Whitefield and the product of many years in historical research and documentation. It is a continuation of a study that began with my Ph. D dissertation on the First Great Awakening Leaders and their preaching styles. It is probably the most chronological biography of Whitefield ever written. It includes his vast ministry, motivation to be the first trans-continental evangelist in history. He was the first evangelist to the masses and some believe the father of the evangelical movement. His 7 trips to America created a deep love for him in the colonies of that time.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope people will gain a new appreciation for how God used George Whitefield.Readers who are interested in early history of the American colonies and the history of one of the greatest dramatic preachers of all time will appreciate this look into what made evangelism what it is today. It's appeal to pastors, students, and leaders who need a magnificent model of perseverance and overcoming obstacles is helpful.. Students of evangelism will be intrigued by the origin of effective mass evangelism methods. Theologians and believers interested in the struggle between Calvinism and Arminianism will profit from the history of this doctrinal controversy with Wesley.The passive observer who knows nothing about Whitefield can be enlightened to an almost unbelievable legacy of Whitefield's impact on people in a day with so many limitations on travel, communication, and expansion. The impact is a legacy of one who rose out from small beginnings to leave a tremendous example for others to follow.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  The research helped me see the way God uses people who make themselves available to Him. I wanted people to experience what it was like to hear Whitefield preach, so I do and impersonation of his life with sermon excerpts and me as Whitefield giving a biographical sketch on his life. I have used Whitefield as a human example of ministry and in my preaching. The study has helped me see how easy I have and how I need to persevere in trials the way Whitefield did. I longed to have the same type of conviction through the Holy Spirit convicting people the way in happened in Whitefield's ministry.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I love church history and study Baptist principles and historical figures for an appreciation of where we have come from. I particularly have studied the Great Awakening movement and the preaching and impact that Whitefield and Edwards had on the country at that time. I have read almost every book on Whitefield and particularly benefited from Arnold Dallimore's two volume working on his life. I have studying preaching, Church History and evangelism in the four seminaries and college I attended and have degree's from.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  A Burning and Shining Light is a comprehensive, modern-day biography of George Whitefield, the Great Awakening Evangelist. Chronological in nature, its emphasis is on his travel, preaching, and influence on two continents. I hope to expand the reader's understanding of Whitefield's ministry to its influence today, by bringing the reader into Whitefield's era. The reader will observe the events of his life, participating in Whitefield's passion for ministry, as well as his joys and sorrows. The book has strong endorsements from popular Whitefield scholars, pastors, Southern Baptist educators and presidents.

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