A God-Entranced Vision of All Things: the legacy of Jonathan Edwards (Wheaton IL: Crossway, 2004)

J.I. Packer declares in various articles and essays a biblical view of revival and restoration in the church.

I had found a few of these in a collection of his shorter writings, and then kept seeing hints and references to other resources, which I could never find. Then someone provided me a link to a column about revival that referenced Packer’s contribution to this book, so I had to have it.

Contributions by other authors initially held no interest for me, but I found a few other nuggets. John Piper reminds us why we still need Jonathan Edwards, and provides an “Edwardsean sermon”, as well.

Mark Dever explains how Edwards got fired, and what we can learn from that episode. Don Whitney describes how Edwards made us of the spiritual disciplines.

But by far the most interest for me was Packer’s article on revival, “The Glory of God and the Reviving of Religion: A Study in the Mind of Jonathan Edwards.” If you are familiar with Packer’s other work on the nature and meaning of revival, you should obtain a copy of this book to complete those materials.

If you are unfamiliar with Jonathan Edwards, and would like a good introduction to his significance to the church, his brilliant theological contribution, and his practical religion, this will serve well.

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