In a day when we are told that if we don't feel like worshiping God we should repent and go home. No doubt an expression of his own purity and sincerity as through reading his diary we get to know his deep searchings for God and intense desire to do His will. Very much in line with the later theology of the Word proposed by Karl Barth, Brainerd and I'm sure Edwards, other contemporaries too, as their followers believe even today believed that the mere Word alone would be sufficient to perform the magic of converting the souls regardless of contexts, history, customs, traditions, and language. I was amazed that he managed to accomplish anything at all. The worst part of the edition that I read was a short introductory biography of Jonathan Edwards by Philip E.
I wouldn't say I really enjoyed reading it, but it was interesting to read the personal journal of a puritan missionary from the 1700's. His biography, which has never been out of print, has become a source of inspiration and encouragement to many other Christians, including missionaries such as William Carey, Adoniram Judson, and Jim Elliot. Brainerd's religion constantly disposed him to a most mean thought of himself, an abasing sense of his own exceeding sinfulness, deficiency, unprofitableness, and ignorance; looking on himself as worse than others; disposing him to universal benevolence and meekness; in honour to prefer others, and to treat all with kindness and respect. It is no matter where I shall be stationed in heaven, whether I have a high or low seat there; but to love, and please, and glorify God is all. Brainerd's accounts of the Indian conversions models closely after Edwards', indicating that even religious experiences are structured by the fore-structure of one's own pre understanding in the Kantian sense.
However, I cannot summarily set aside the good will, the face-to-face, that must have taken place between Brainerd and the individual Indians he ministered. I might pick it up again some day, but probably not. This publication, with some additional edits, is presented in this volume. In this edition the manuscript is divided into three main sections. We seem to think the free, unrestrained love of God yet another on the long list of entitlements which we claim, and not the astonishing, undeserved miracle that grace truly is. Globally speaking and in cultural, sociological, and in historiographical terms, what I said above seems to be true. His diary speaks of his passionate love for God and the gospel which he gave his life to.
Nonetheless, one must assess their exemplary accomplishments critically in hindsight, particularly Brainer's life and work in this case with respect to this book. Brainerd's entries hint at this and Jonathan Edwards confirms this. Now I am one who has also been deeply influenced by it. It is hard to think of something that could've been more depressing. Those who knew him stated he was a very spiritual person. I hope to end as he did, all on fire with devotion to Christ.
David Brainerd was a remarkable character. After all, he gave his life for the Indians, despite the fact that he probably contributed to their physical perishing unbeknownst to him. Brainerd is known for having been a weary soul--constantly battling the trials of life and suffering periods of melancholy and depression. Oh, to be made like God, or rather to be made fit for God to own! Yet his genuine piety and single-minded devotion to God, both in heart and in practice, form a consistent backdrop to his turbulent inner world. This was doubtless owing to a peculiar strength in his judgment; for it is a rare thing indeed, that melancholy people are well sensible of their own disease, and fully convinced that such and such things are to be ascribed to it, as are its genuine operations and fruits.
The account being written, the reader may have opportunity at his leisure to compare the various parts of the story, and deliberately to view and weigh the whole, and consider how far what is related is agreeable to the dictates of right reason and the holy word of God. Brainerd es el claro ejemplo de que la juventud es el tiempo perfecto para tener hábitos y crear una relación con Jesús , una relación que te motiva a cumplir tu propósito invirtiendo tu vida por el llamado. The content is even murkier. By far my favorite diary. Book Review T he L ife and D iary of D avid B rainerd : Have you received Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Brainerd was clearly a man that knew his God intimately, and he also knew his own heart. The account may be read at my blog here: I am a little sorry to rate this book down. And so my heart cries for similar passion and love.
Nothing like enthusiasm puffs men up with a high conceit of their own wisdom, holiness, eminence, and sufficiency; and makes them so bold, forward, assuming, and arrogant. Yet for any man or woman of God, to enter these thoughts is refreshing to the soul and promotes ardent desires of God and His enjoyment. In the following account, the reader will have an opportunity to see not only what were the external circumstances and remarkable incidents of the life of this person, and how he spent his time from day to day, as to his external behavior; but also what passed in his own heart. But notwithstanding all these imperfections, I am persuaded every pious and judicious reader will acknowledge, that what is here set before him is indeed a remarkable instance of true and eminent Christian piety in heart and practice — tending greatly to confirm the reality of vital religion, and the power of godliness — that it is most worthy of imitation, and many ways calculated to promote the spiritual benefit of the careful observer. But a large portion of the writings were not meant to be read by public audience it is a diary after all. Nonetheless, they had never seen destruction such as the one caused by the European borne diseases. Moreover, the Indians also probably knew that some kind of epidemic was sweeping through their land, decimating their populations ever since the White men first arrived on their shores.
Brainerd's temper or constitution inclined him to despondency, is no just ground to suspect his extraordinary devotion to be only the fruit of a warm imagination. He often in conversation spoke of the difference between melancholy and godly sorrow, true humiliation and spiritual desertion, and the great danger of mistaking the one for the other, and the very hurtful nature of melancholy; discoursing with great judgment upon it, and doubtless much more judiciously for what he knew by his own experience. I know not what to do. Lo que más me ha impresionado es su corazón y el amor por el reino, cada que leí Es un placer adentrarse a los pensamientos de un gran hombre de Dios como es David Brainerd, para ser sincera no fue hasta ahora que he escuchado sobre él pero conocer su relación con Dios es de gran edificación. As I read this, it seemed like he was overly self-absorbed. If someone decides to read this book, they need to determine from the beginning that they are not going to stop until they have completed it.
The reason being is that this book is so morose and introspective the impact on one's soul can be significant. Preceding the Brainerd accounts is a brief but revealing biographical sketch of Jonathan Edwards by Philip E. Even Edwards own daughter was probably infected by the disease from Brainer. As a minister of the gospel, he was called to unusual services in that work; and his ministry was attended by very remarkable and unusual events. Yet for any man or woman of God, to enter these thoughts is refreshing to the soul and promotes ardent desires of God and His enjoyment.
But I would not be eager to read books very similar to this one, and so I must leave the rating at a 2 out of 5. That he was focussed on God through his last days, as was looking forward to his seeing God was encouraging in the middle of his decline. I am a history nerd, I know. As he notes, however, the liquors the Indians massively consumed were sold to them by the White people, who lived in the midst of them or near them. The details and examples of the work of God's Spirit through this man and to those who observed him encouraged me to pray more, confess my sin more, and expect God to act more.