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Sep

02

2010

George Whitefield in High Gear

Arnold Dallimore, George Whitfield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century, (Wheaton: Crossway, 1990)

George Whitefield's life was absolutely amazing.  He is a man remarkably used by God in the 18th century. He's the kind of guy that makes your jaw drop. 

From his early twenties to his death at age 55, he preached 30,000 sermons! That's an average of 20 sermons a week for his entire adult life! There were times when he would be speaking 40-60 hours a week--that's speaking time, not including any personal study or travel time. 

We must also remember the sizes of the crowds he would speak to. Benjamin Franklin estimated he could be heard audibly by a crowd of 30,000 people. He is reported to have spoken to crowds of at least that much, crowds filling 3 acres. 

Here was a man of unique eloquence in speaking, unique passion and zeal for the Lord, unique energy for sacrificial, and unique effectiveness in preaching. God used him for the revival of religion not only in England but also in America. Read this book to get excited about what God did during that time, and excited about what God might do again at any time he may so please!

This is a wonderful biography of this man's life. The author (Dallimore) has also written a two-volume biography of Whitefield, each volume running about 600 pages! He has condensed this full work into this short 200-page abridged version. It is the life of Whitefield in high gear indeed! It is fast paced, and keeps you on the edge of your seat from the get-go. 

Read this for a great introduction to the life of George Whitefield. Though, I must admit, after reading this, I definitely want to get into the more in-depth two volume work!

Review of Arnold Dallimore, George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century, (Wheaton: Crossway, 1990).

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