Further Reading

The following resources will help you learn about the Great Awakening for yourself.

Books Published by BJU Press

Sidwell, Mark, ed. Faith of Our Fathers: Scenes from American Church History. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 1991. [Available from BJU Press]

———, ed. Faith of Our Fathers: Scenes from Church History. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 1989. [Available from BJU Press]

General Histories

Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973.  

Bonomi, Patricia U. Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.  

Kidd, Thomas S. The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.  

Noll, Mark A. The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys. A History of Evangelicalism: People, Movements, and Ideas in the English-speaking World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.  

Regional Histories

Gaustad, Edwin S. The Great Awakening in New England. New York: Harper, 1957.  

Maxson, Charles Hartshorn. The Great Awakening in the Middle Colonies. Gloucester, MA: P. Smith, 1958.  


Lambert, Frank. Pedlar in Divinity: George Whitefield and the Transatlantic Revivals, 1737-1770. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994.  

Marsden, George M. Jonathan Edwards: A Life. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003.  

———. A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2008.  

Stout, Harry S. The Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelism. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1991.  

Primary Source Documents

Bushman, Richard L. The Great Awakening: Documents on the Revival of Religion,1740-1745. New York: Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Va., 1970.  

Butler, Jon, and Harry S. Stout, eds. Religion in American History: A Reader. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.  

Edwards, Jonathan. A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1979.  

———, ed. The Life of Rev. David Brainerd: Chiefly Extracted from His Diary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1978. [Available from BJU Press] 

Heimert, Alan E., and Perry Miller, eds. The Great Awakening: Documents Illustrating the Crisis and Its Consequences. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1967.  

Smith, John Edwin, Harry S. Stout, and Kenneth P. Minkema, eds. A Jonathan Edwards Reader. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.  

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