The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship That Invented AmericaRandy Petersen, Randy Petersen
A groundbreaking look at the strange friendship between George Whitefield and Benjamin Franklin, who together defined what it means to be an American. They were the most famous men in America. They came from separate countries, followed different philosophies, and led di... Read More
They were the most famous men in America. They came from separate countries, followed different philosophies, and led dissimilar lives. But they were fast friends. No two people did more to shape America in the mid-1700s.
Benjamin Franklin was the American prototype: hard-working, inventive, practical, funny, with humble manners and lofty dreams. George Whitefield was the most popular preacher in an era of great piety, whose outdoor preaching across the colonies was heard by thousands, all of whom were told, “You must be born again.” People became excited about God. They began reading the Bible and supporting charities.
When Whitefield died in 1770, on a preaching tour in New Hampshire, he had built a spiritual foundation for a new nation—just as his surviving friend, Ben Franklin, had built its social foundation. Together these two men helped establish a new nation founded on liberty. This is the story of their amazing friendship.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Jun 9, 2015
- UPC: 9780718022211
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 320
- Publish Date: Jun 9, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "HIS036020"
- ISBN: 0718022211
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- Travel Back in Time by Tickmenot on 8/27/2015
A lot of well-researched history will be found between the covers of this book. The author presents much in-depth information about both Ben Franklin and George Whitefield, individually. This includes the time of their birth, along with what their parents were like, their family structure, and relationships with their siblings.
There is a tremendous amount of background data about the society of the day, including people, events and religion. The events that took place in both England and America are included since the men spent various seasons of their lives in both places. All of the information the author has gathered is given in a very intriguing way. He suggests the men might have been a part of the many interesting happenings that he renders.
However, this is supposed to be a book about the relationship between Ben Franklin and the pastor, George Whitefield. Although there is a small amount of the book devoted to that, for the most part, this volume gives a history of these two men's individual lives. Very little of the book is devoted to interactions between the two, let alone the friendship, that these men were supposed to have had.
You will learn a lot about what life was like in the past.
I enjoyed learning about both Ben Franklin and George Whitefield, as well as, what life was like then. Each man led a fascinating life. The odyssey both men made from humble beginnings to living well-known successful lives is amazing. George Whitefield's faith journey was very thought-provoking. I found the parts about Whitefield caught my interest the most. There are also some interesting time-lines in the back of the book. But I was really hoping to learn about the friendship the two shared, especially since that was part of the book's title. I also wanted to know more about how their friendship influenced America, which was also in the title. It was disappointing to find very little information about that.
Although this is a well-written history, it doesn't cover the subject matter it stated. Because of that, this is a four-star book. If you want to learn a lot about a relationship between Ben Franklin and George Whitefield, I cannot recommend this book. However, as a compelling history of the time period both these men lived in, along with an account of these men's individual lives, I can certainly endorse it.
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- The Printer and the Preacher By: Randy Petersen by aussiegirl on 6/2/2015
THE PRINTER AND THE PREACHER
By: Randy Petersen
The cover is awesome. I really love it. It tells a story all it's own if you listen to it. Before you start to read just look at the cover of this beautiful book and see what it says to you.
Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the surprising friendship that invented America. This really is an amazing story of two men that lived far from each other but formed a friendship unlike any other. These two people shaped America more then anyone in the mid-1700's.
What we take for granted every day the Colonial people had to learn. We still take these same things for granted today, but they are slowly being taken from us, if we don't watch out and start trying to protect it we will loose what they worked so hard to fight for and give to us.
As you take a journey with these men you will see how Ben Franklin and George Whitefield lives are woven together to make America one of the best Nations to live in. As you see their friendship, their philosophies different and that their lives were not similar at all start to unfold before your eyes, They became fast friends and stood up for each other and by each other. Unlike new where our government tries to find dirt on everyone sad!!!!!!!
One built our nation spiritual foundation and the other built our nations Social foundation. We were blessed our nation was born.
As you read this book ask yourself why are we not fighting for what they fought so hard to preserve for us???
I recommend this book highly!!! It is a must read.
Enjoy your Nation
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