The Life and Diary of David Brainerd
Edited by Jonathan Edwards
With a Biographical Sketch of the Life and Works of Jonathan Edwards
Missionary David Brainerd underwent great hardship to take the gospel to Indian peoples of his time, and this is the best record of his life in print. Not a traditional biography, but Jonathan Edwards gleaned through Brainerd’s diary for that which would give us a good picture of the man’s life and labors. Also contains a short biographical sketch of Brainerd by Edwards, and as a bonus, a short biography of Edwards as well, by Philip Howard.
You will recognize immediately, while reading, that Brainerd never had in mind for any of his journaling to be published, making it all the more a joy to read, as there is an unvarnished, transparent look at the character of a rare man.
Much of the book contains what amounts to a “prayer journal”, communicating Brainerd’s wrestling with God, his confusion, and his deep passion for holiness. Your heart will be thrilled as you work through this great work. You will refer back to it years after you read it.
Table of Contents
- A Prefatory Note
- A Biographical Sketch of the Life and Work of Jonathan Edwards
- The Works of President Edwards
Brainerd’s Life and Diary:
- From the Birth to the Time When He Began to Study for the Ministry (1718-1742)
- From About the Time that he First Began to Study Divinity, Till he was Examined and Licensed to Preach (April-July 1742)
- Time of His Being Licensed to Preach Till He was Appointed as Missionary to the Indians (July-November 1742)
- From the Time of His Examination and Appointment to His Entrance Among the Indians at Kaunaumeek (1742-1743)
- His Beginning to Instruct the Indians at Kaunaumeek to His Ordination (1743-1744)
- From His Ordination Till He First Began to Preach to the Indians at Croosweeksung, Among Whom He had His Most Remarkable Success (1744-1745)
- From June 19 to November 4, 1745, at Crossweeksung and the Forks of Delaware
- From November 24, 1745 to June 19, 1746 at Crossweeksung and the Forks of Delaware
More Life and Diary:
- From the Close of His Journal to His Return from the Susquehannah, June-September 1746
- After His Return from His Last Journey to Susquehannah Until His Death, 1746-1747