"It is a gift to the scholarly community that we have a full and straightforward biography, and it is a gift to the evangelical community that a historian of Kidd's caliber treats Whitefield so seriously and respectfully. A careful presentation of a sinful saint who forever changed the face of America,"---Books & Culture. 344 pages, softcover. Yale University.
An engaging, balanced, and penetrating narrative biography of the charismatic eighteenth-century American evangelist
In the years prior to the American Revolution, George Whitefield was the most famous man in the colonies. Thomas Kidds fascinating new biography explores the extraordinary career of the most influential figure in the first generation of Anglo-American evangelical Christianity, examining his sometimes troubling stands on the pressing issues of the day, both secular and spiritual, and his relationships with such famous contemporaries as Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley.
Based on the authors comprehensive studies of Whitefields original sermons, journals, and letters, this excellent history chronicles the phenomenal rise of the trailblazer of the Great Awakening. Whitefields leadership role among the new evangelicals of the eighteenth century and his many religious disputes are meticulously covered, as are his major legacies and the permanent marks he left on evangelical Christian faith. It is arguably the most balanced biography to date of a controversial religious leader who, though relatively unknown three hundred years after his birth, was a true giant in his day and remains an important figure in Americas history.
Thomas S. Kidd is distinguished professor of history at Baylor University. He lives in Waco, TX.