I commend this book to any serious student of American history. British by birth, George Whitefield is in fact woven into the spiritual fabric of our own nation - he was a central figure in the Great Awakening of the early American colonies, his rousing sermons and booming voice stirring thousands. He truly is, in the words of Kidd, 'Americas Spiritual Founding Father.'
Congressman of the 10th District of Virginia
This superb chronicle of George Whitefield's life is now our fullest biography for the much-studied and much-debated eighteenth-century evangelist. It combines unusual empathy with unusual comprehension.
author of The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys
George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father traces the life of perhaps the most important evangelical leader in American history, the minister most responsible for the rise of the evangelical movement in the decades before the American Revolution. Thomas Kidd introduces us to a flawed but deeply religious man whose passionate preaching inspired thousands of Americans to become evangelical Christians. Lucid, well-researched, and insightful, this book is an absorbing account of Whitefield's remarkable life and ministry.
author of Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America
Thomas Kidd's judicious portrait places Whitefield at the center of the transatlantic evangelical awakening, where he belongs.
author of The Evangelical Conversion Narrative: Spiritual Autobiography in Early Modern England
Thoroughly researched, and rooted in an exact knowledge of Whitefield's times; critically perceptive while remaining appreciatively sympathetic; this is the best balanced and most illuminating chronicle of the Anglo-American Awakener's career that has yet been produced.
Professor of Theology, Regent College