Inspiration/Conviction Power: 9
Practical Usefulness: 9
Best Trait: Dallimore has Two Volumes on Whitefield. This book is a summary of those volumes. He does an excellent job giving us a concise overview of Whitefield’s life. Unfortunately, George Whitefield is one of those people in Church History that is too often overlooked. Dallimore writes in such a way that not only will you appreciate the ministry of George Whitfield, but you will be challenged on your own walk with the Lord.
Worst Trait: At times, the timeline can be a little difficult to follow, but not so much that it really affects the value of this book.
Summary: Biographies are something we all need to read more of. Reading about a great man of faith who lived in a different time period than you should help cultivate humility in your life as well as encouraging, convicting, and challenging you in your walk.
If you don’t know much about Whitefield you should. Perhaps you’ve dismissed him simply because he is of a different denominational persuasion than you. If you read this biography you will see Whitefield’s zeal for the gospel, passion in preaching, heart for discipleship, and desire for unity that is grounded in the gospel, not denominational allegiance.
Dallimore writes “When the present author is stirring at 7 in the morning, he frequently reminds himself that Whitfield had been active since 4. Arising at that early time, he spent the first hour in communion with God…At 5 he preached, and virtually always to a host of men and women…And by 7 Whitfield had often set out on an evangelistic journey or was writing letters or meeting the first of the number who came seeking spiritual advice” (pg. 196).
One of the things that personally challenged me the most was Whitefield’s heart for souls. He took 13 voyages across the Atlantic. While on board he would do his best to build relationships with people, preaching to them, witnessing to them, and catechizing them. He also was a generous man with his time and money. He often preached multiple times a day for sometimes as much as 2 hours a sermon, but also found time to oversee two London churches and an orphan house in the American Colonies. He chose to forsake the pleasures of money in order to give all he could for the furtherance of gospel ministry both in Great Britain and the Colonies. Whitefield was often visibly broken for the lostness of the 18th century. Would to God that I was for the 21st!
No doubt there are other good works on Whitefield out there. Both Steve Lawson and Thomas Kidd have books on him that I highly recommend. I think, however, that this book by Arnold Dallimore is where I would have anyone who is interested in learning more about this great man of God begin. You will not regret learning more about George Whitefield.
Allen S. Nelson IV is Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Perryville, AR. He has been married to his wife Stephanie for 11 years, and is the father of 5 children (newest addition hadn’t made it for the last family photo!) He’s committed to preaching & teaching the inerrant, infallible Word of God and making disciples. He believes sinners are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. He enjoys time with his wife, children, and church family, as well as reading, writing, studying, and sports. He has the opportunity to speak in other churches or conferences and loves connecting with other like-minded brothers and sisters for the glory of God and the advancement of the Kingdom. Blog. Twitter.