George Whitefield (1714-1770) was a Anglican minister, one of the leaders of the Methodist movement, and often described as the "Trumpet of the Great Awakening". In contemporary accounts, he, not John Wesley, is spoken of as the supreme figure and even as the founder of Methodism. He was famous for his open air preaching (when churches refused to admit him) as he travelled from town to town by horseback. In an age when crossing the Atlantic Ocean was a long and hazardous adventure, he visited America seven times, making 13 trans-Atlantic crossings in total! It is estimated that throughout his life, he preached more than 18,000 formal sermons and if less formal occasions are included, that number might rise to more than 30,000 travelling by horse. In addition to his work in America and England, he made 15 journeys to Scotland, 2 to Ireland, and one each to Bermuda, Gibraltar, and The Netherlands. Like his contemporary and acquaintance, Jonathan Edwards, Whitefield preached with a Calvinist theology. He was known for his powerful voice and his ability to appeal to the emotions of a crowd, and unlike most preachers of his time spoke extemporaneously, rather than reading his sermon from notes.
Ray Comfort (Editor), George Whitefield
Category: Heroes, Puritans, And Reformers
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A collection of pearls painstakingly harvested from the work of the "Trumpet of the Great Awakening", George Whitefield. Editor Ray Comfort shares the "best of Whitefield's best" with other Christians who seek inspiration and sage advice regarding evangelism, open air preaching, and the Christian life. Organizing the sensitively revised material into short, titled sections, Comfort leads the reader through an energetic exploration of elegant work that's guaranteed to strengthen the skills and fortitude of anyone leading another person to the Lord. This compilation is also accompanied by a biography and photographs that will bring Whitefield to life.
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