The Diary and Journal of David Brainerd
With a Preface and Reflections by Jonathan Edwards
A huge resource on the the life of Brainerd, compiled unaltered from the 2-volume 1902 edition. But this edition f The Diary and Journal has a marvelous addition: Jonathan Edwards’s Some Reflections and Observations on the Preceding Memoirs of David Brainerd.
Rarely published, Edwards later added this to his Life and Journal of Brainerd, because he believed this man showed us ‘the nature of true religion, and the manner of its operation when exemplified in a high degree.’ Clearly, the same testimonies need to ring in our ears and be read of today.
Far more than of merely historical interest, The Diary and Journal of David Brainerd was the first full missionary biography ever published. It has had a profound effect on the last 10 generations of Christians around the world. One of the few books in American history to remain constantly in print since 1749.
‘Brainerd’s life is a vivid, powerful testimony to the truth that God can and does use weak, sick, discouraged, beat-down, lonely, struggling saints, who cry to him day and night, to accomplish amazing things for his glory.
— John Piper, Senior Pastor for 33 years at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis and now the Director of Desiring God and Chancellor Bethlehem Institute
‘I was much humbled today by reading Brainerd. O, what a disparity betwixt me and him! He always constant; I as inconstant as the wind.’
— William Carey, father of the modern missionary movement and devout missionary to India
‘Oh! blessed be the memory of that beloved saint! No uninspired writer ever did me so much good.’
— Henry Martyn, missionary to China
Table of Contents
|JONATHAN EDWARDS’ PREFACE xli|
|THE DIARY OF DAVID BRAINERD|
|I||From His Birth, and during His Preparation for the Ministry||1|
|II||His Experience and Religious Exercises until the Time he was Licensed to Preach||34|
|III||From the Time of His Appointment to His Entering on the Work of the Mission||59|
|IV||From the Time of His Examination to His First Entrance on the Business of His Mission||80|
|V||From His first Beginning to Instruct the Indians at Kaunaumeek to His Ordination||97|
|VI||His Removal to Crossweeksung, where He Had His Most Remarkable Success||167|
|VII||His Return to Susquehanna, and Last Illness||231|
|VIII||The Return to Boston, and the Circumstances of His Death||307|
|THE JOURNAL OF DAVID BRAINERD|
|PART ONE: Mirabilia Dei inter Indicos; or, The Rise and and Progress of a Remarkable Work of Grace amongst a Number of the Indians in the Provinces of New Jersey and Pennsylvania||1|
|PART TWO : Divine Grace Displayed; or, The Continuance and Progress of a Remarkable Work of Grace among the Indians||78|
|THE FIRST APPENDIX TO THE JOURNAL||183|
|THE SECOND APPENDIX TO THE JOURNAL||236|
|THE REMAINS OF DAVID BRAINERD|
|I||A Dialogue between the Various Powers and Affections of the Pious Mind||259|
|II||Desponding Thoughts of a Soul under Convictions of Sin||268|
|III||Signs of Godliness, or the Distinguishing Marks of a True Christian||269|
|SOME REFLECTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRECEDING MEMOIRS, &C. OF DAVID BRAINERD, by Jonathan Edwards|