Book Review: The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield

EVA06BH_200x1000One cannot overestimate the impact that evangelist George Whitefield had. As soon as someone thinks they have a grip on things, they recognize that his influence is far more expansive than they first believed. This influence, as well as the biographical account of Whitefield’s life, is the subject of the Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield by Steve J. Lawson, published by Reformation Trust.

This book is short and approachable. It does a fabulous job of establishing the importance of Whitefield’s life and his influence during the Great Awakening in New England in the 16th century.

Like others in the Long Line of Godly Men series, this book takes on a somewhat hagiographical slant and doesn’t do anything to highlight potential weaknesses or errors in Whitefields life or ministry.  I understand that the point is to highlight the good, but when this is done with an utter exclusion of any weaknesses or even possible weaknesses, it starts to smell like a piece of revisionist history.

Stylistically this was an enjoyable book, although like other entries in the series it did seem a bit dry at times. It seemed to lack any real forward motion, or any progression of argument.

This would make a great gift for someone pursuing a career as an evangelist or missionary, and certainly would serve as encouragement for those pursuing this calling.

Please note: Reformation Trust / Ligonier Ministries has provided me with an electronic version of this book for review purposes, and will be providing me with a hard copy edition in exchange for this review. They do not require positive reviews, nor have they edited or modified this review in any way.