The Life and Diary of David Brainerd

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"He was one of distinguished natural abilities, as all are sensible who had acquaintance with him. As a minister of the gospel, he was called to unusual services in that work; and his ministry was attended by very remarkable and unusual events ... He had a peculiar opportunity of acquaintance with the false appearances and counterfeits of religion; was the instrument of a most remarkable awakening ...In the following account, the reader will have an opportunity to see not only what were the external circumstances and remarkable incidents of the life of this person, and how he spent his time from day to day, as to his external behavior; but also what passed in his own heart."
--Jonathan Edwards
David Brainerd, an early missionary to the American Indians in New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania, died in 1747 at the age of twenty-nine at the home of his long-time friend and supporter, the eminent Puritan theologian and preacher Jonathan Edwards. It is thanks to Edwards' careful preservation and thoughtful editing of his friend's Diary and Journal that Brainerd has influenced Christians all over the world for over 250 years.
As he labored in what was still the untamed American frontier to bring the Gospel to the Indians, Brainerd faced many challenges, including depression, loneliness, and physical illness. Yet his genuine piety and single-minded devotion to God, both in heart and in practice, form a consistent backdrop to his turbulent inner world. This compilation offers a rare glimpse into the life of a man compelled by God to share His love with others in the most difficult of circumstances.

Title:The Life and Diary of David Brainerd
Edition Language:English

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  • Natalie Vellacott

    I listened to this as an audio book. It is hard to think of something that could've been more depressing. Brainerd is known for having been a weary soul--constantly battling the trials of life and suf...

  • Luke

    This is the most life changing book I have ever read. However, I have only recommended it to a select few people. The reason being is that this book is so morose and introspective the impact on one's ...

  • Jared Wilson

    If you think you have it hard -- well, you might. But read this....

  • Tori Samar

    “My heaven is to please God, and glorify him, and to give all to him, and to be wholly devoted to his glory: that is the heaven I long for; that is my religion, and that is my happiness.”Other tha...

  • M Winter

    When his friend inquired about his thoughts on their lecturers prayer in Yale University, he said: “he has no more grace than this chair”. Consequently he was expelled.No doubt an expression of hi...

  • Sherry Elmer

    I would certainly call this book a must-read. It had been on my TBR list for 15 years, ever since reading a biography of Jonathan Edwards. It is not a “perfect” read, in that there is more repetit...

  • Bill

    David Brainerd was a remarkable character. At times I was inspired by his example, but at other times I was scratching my head wondering, “Is this guy for real?” He was an earnest, devoted, super-...

  • Clement

    Having expected to read a book about a mighty man of prayer, I was not surprised and was greatly encouraged to read Brainerd's records of tender burning moments of communion with our Lord. I was; howe...

  • Ryan

    I have not the ability to write a review of this book. Some might critique it saying the personal journal entries consisting of the first half of the book could have been shortened, or Brainerd was to...

  • Jeremy Utley

    I am SO GLAD I didn't give up on this book, as I almost did. I personally found the diary (roughly first half) "rough sledding" and might even recommend skipping it altogether. But the second half was...