George Whitefield

The First Transatlantic Revivalist

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Pub Date 21 Jun 2019 | Archive Date 28 Aug 2019

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George Whitefield proclaimed the Christian message to more people in history than anyone else, before or since, who spoke with an unaided voice. A preacher of revival almost from his childhood, when he prophesied his own destiny, he had a profound impact on the social, religious and political life of both Britain and America. He crossed the Atlantic thirteen times, and merged as a celebrity figure, whose message captivated both rich and poor alike. Whitefield heralded a new kind of revival that was both spiritually powerful and entertaining at the same time. He was also a man of contradictions. He loved the Anglican liturgy but would happily break canon law. He was a devoted Puritan yet he was also able to befriend those with more liberal morals, Above all, Whitefield was a driven man, and his overwhelming passion was to preach New Birth in Christ - the theme he was to speak on over a thousand times. He valued education, opposed slavery, cared for orphan children and changed the course of both British and American history.

George Whitefield proclaimed the Christian message to more people in history than anyone else, before or since, who spoke with an unaided voice. A preacher of revival almost from his childhood, when...


A Note From the Publisher

Nigel Scotland is Field Chair in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Gloucestershire. His most recent publications include Sectarian Religion in Contemporary Britain (2000), Good and Proper Men: Lord Palmerston and the Bench of Bishops (2000), and Charismatics and the New Millennium (2000).

Nigel Scotland is Field Chair in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Gloucestershire. His most recent publications include Sectarian Religion in Contemporary Britain (2000)...


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"In a compelling and skilful way, Scotland demonstrates that the genius of Whitefield's contribution to revival is founded upon holding the creative tension between religious practices that later revivalists would prize apart. Extempore prayer is nourished by liturgical traditions and the call to repentance finds its goal in the reception of Holy Communion. This is a fascinating and revealing study of one of the great founding fathers of revivalism." Canon Dr James Steven, academic dean and coordinator, Centre for Liturgy and Worship, Sarum College

"In his new biography of George Whitefield, Nigel Scotland shows how the eighteenth-century revivalist was one of the most effective preachers of the Christian gospel in world history." Prof David Bebbington, professor of history, University of Stirling


"In a compelling and skilful way, Scotland demonstrates that the genius of Whitefield's contribution to revival is founded upon holding the creative tension between religious practices that later...


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In light of the recent controversy surrounding Whitfield (liberal Christians questioning whether or not he was a Christian because of his owning slaves) I was very interested in reading about Whitfield through a historical and not emotional lense though history does often invoke emotions. This book did not disappoint. I’ve known that Whitfield is a prominent figure in church history and after reading this I gained insight as to how and why.

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George Whitefield
The First Transatlantic Revivalist

by Nigel D Scotland

Lion Hudson Ltd

Lion Books

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 01 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of George Whitefield: The First Transatlantic Revivalist through Lion Books and Netgalley:

George Whitefield was the youngest of seven children, he was born at the Bell In in the city of Gloucester on December 1714. George had clerical blood in his veins. There is not a lot known about his earliest years but in 1726 he was enrolled in a school ran by the Cathedral.

George Whitefield shared the Christian Message to more people in history than anyone else, before or since, who spoke with an unaided voice.

Whitefield had been a preacher of revival almost from childhood it is then that he prophesied his own destiny.

George Whitefield had a profound impact on the social, religious and political life of both Britain and America. George Whitefield crossed the Atlantic thirteen times and merged as a Celebrity figure. The messages he shared captivated both rich and poor a like! Whitefield shared a new kind of revival that was both spiritually powerful and entertaining at the same time. Whitefield was also a man of contradictions. He loved the Anglican liturgy but would happily break canon law. He was a devoted Puritan yet he was also able to befriend those with more liberal morals. Above all, Whitefield was a driven man, and his overwhelming passion was to preach New Birth in Christ the theme he was to speak on over a thousand times. He place a high value on education , he opposed slavery, cared for orphan children and changed the course of both British and American history.

If you are looking to read about an early revivalist, who traveled often at a time when traveling was a long and dangerous journey I highly recommend George Whitefield: The First Transatlantic Revivalist!

Five out of five stars!

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