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Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), most famous for his sermon entitled Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, was a renowned preacher and the first great American theologian. He witnessed both the First and Second Great Awakening, two American religious revivals of enormous scope. From this firsthand experience of widespread spiritual awakening, he wrote Treatise on Religious Affections, which is still considered one of the most thorough and profound examinations of a believer's internal religious experience ever written.
Contemporary readers, however, often find Jonathan Edwards' work challenging to read in its original form because of its lofty and complicated Puritan prose. For this reason, Dr. Sam Storms offers Signs of the Spirit: An Interpretation of Jonathan Edwards' Religious Affections to modern audiences. This book is a distilled version of Edwards' work, keeping its basic outline and much of its actual wording, but adapting and clarifying it to make it readable for a wider audience.
Signs of the Spirit has two parts. The first is Storms' presentation of the original Religious Affections treatise, along with an introductory essay on the historical context of Jonathan Edwards' work. The second part, entitled "The Personal Spirituality of Jonathan Edwards," is a substantial exploration of Edwards' life story, based on Edwards' own writings about his conversion and spiritual journey and interspersed with Storms' commentary.
For both the student of theology and the interested layperson, Signs of the Spirit provides a invaluable interpretation of Edwards' Religious Affections and an important addition to our understanding of the meaning of personal spiritual experience.
Sam Storms is a pastor, scholar, and professor as well as an author. He has published fifteen books and numerous articles, and is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries, an organization created to share biblical, historical, and theological resources with Christian leaders and laypeople. Jonathan Edwards has long been a favorite topic of his, and was the focus of his master's thesis and doctoral dissertation.