“In short, though Edwards was intellectually brilliant and theologically commanding, his true greatness lay in his indefatigable zeal for the glory of God.” – Dr. Steven J. Lawson

Few have stirred a desire in my heart to know more about church history than master expositor and preacher, Dr. Steven J. Lawson.

I was thrilled to dive into his book series, A Long Line of Godly Men Profile, and elected to begin with the second book in the series, The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards.


The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards gives the reader a crash course in the life and legacy of “America’s greatest mind.”

The book begins with a general overview, beginning with Edwards’s years as a teenager and continuing up until his final moments. The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards specifically highlights some of the most important and formative moments of Edwards’s life.

The latter portion examines the seventy famed “Resolutions” by which he attempted to keep his life, providing the historical, spiritual, and personal context for each of Edward’s convictions.


The book is by no means an exhaustive, collegiate-level course on Edwards’s life, but it is a fascinating and readable introduction for those wanting to dip their proverbial toe in the water of church history.

Far from coming across as a simplistic and dreary collection of information, Lawson’s obvious passion for the subject at hand is evident on every single page. In each section of the book, he prods the reader to pursue the same life of devotion and holiness which Edwards strived for.


I could not write a legitimate section of criticism without devolving into nit-picking. I do wish the book could have been longer and gone into further detail, however, this is no criticism but rather a testimony to the quality of the book.


A well-written and insightful volume – The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards suceeds in both stirring the heart and sparking a strong interest in church history. I highly recommend it to any Christian wishing to learn more about the Godly men of old.

The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards is available in Hardcover and on Kindle.

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