04 October 2007

The Audiobook of a Saintly Sinner

David Brainerd (1718-1747) is most remembered through Edwards’s publication of the Life and Diary of David Brainerd. William Carey, the father of the modern missionary movement considered the work a sacred text. The diary records Brainerd’s life, spiritual disciplines, and missionary work to the Indians in the American northeast. And there are at least eight reasons that his life and diary have made such an impact. First, his life was a picture of God’s providence. All his earthly plans were shattered only to find his perfect place in God’s work for him. Second, he was passionate in his pursuit of God. It was contagious in his life and through his diary. Third, he was ardent in his desire that the Lord’s kingdom come among the heathen. Fourth, he was humble in his estimation of himself and talents. Fifth, he was zealous in his love for his people and honest about the struggle to love them. Sixth, he was faithful to his calling even in the midst of unfruitfulness. Seventh, he was triumphant in his perseverance through suffering. Eighth, he was saintly in dying.

This month, Christianaudio.com is offering an audio reading of Edwards's
Life and Diary of David Brainerd for FREE. Regularly, the nine hours of audio are $26.00. But by entering the code, OCT2007, you can download them for free. I recommend doing that right away.



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