Jonathan Edwards, a leader in the Great Awakening during the eighteenth century, still has much to teach the church. Evangelicals are rediscovering him through the efforts of several authors (John Gerstner, Iain Murray, Harry Stout, and others) and publishers (Banner of Truth, Soli Deo Gloria, and Crossway). Dr. Stephen Nichols, therefore, offers Jonathan Edwards "as an introduction, a gateway into the vast and rewarding life, thought, and writings of Jonathan Edwards." He does not merely give a chronological ordering of the events of his life, but rather intends it for anyone who wants to read Edwards but who needs a little help.
Tim Challies describes the structure of the book this way: