Jonathan Edwards's treatise Religious Affections is widely considered the most important and accurate analysis of religious experience ever written.
Unfortunately, many well-intentioned readers sit down with Religious Affections, only to give up in frustration over Edwards's lofty style and complex argumentation.
For this reason Sam Storms, one of evangelicalism's experts on Edwards, has attempted to bridge the gap between how Edwards said what he did in the eighteenth century and how he might say it today. In Signs of the Spirit he articulates the substance of Edwards's arguments in a more understandable way. The point is not to "dumb down" Jonathan Edwards but to make his work accessible to a wider audience.
This volume serves those both in and outside the academic realm as valuable preparation for, or as a companion guide to, a reading of Edwards's Religious Affections.
"Jonathan Edwards' Religious Affections remains one of the most discerning works of spiritual psychology published in the last several centuries. Dr. Samuel Storms' unpacking of this significant work reveals once again for a new generation why the old Puritan so much deserves the most careful study today."
Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
"Storms' repackaging of this spiritual classic meets a serious need. His essay on Edwards' personal spirituality, introducing the Personal Narrative, is almost worth the price of the book. Then his running commentary, interspersed with direct selections from the Narrative, are exceedingly helpful."
Gerald R. McDermott, Professor of Religion, Roanoke College
"After nearly 300 years, these gems of Edwards' continue to sparkle. Sam Storms has done a superb job interpreting them for twenty-first-century followers of Jesus. His vivid paraphrases are easy to read and always edifying."
Douglas A. Sweeney, Associate Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"These texts of Jonathan Edwards have nourished the church for nearly three centuries. In Sam Storms' capable hands they'll now speak clearly, plainly, and powerfully to the church today and for generations to come. If you've ever wanted to tackle Edwards but have shied away, you no longer have an excuse."
Stephen J. Nichols, author of Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Living in Between
"In reading through this book, I feel like I am looking over Sam Storms' shoulder, reading Edwards together with him. At times, he pauses to interpret Edwards for me; at other times, he places Edwards' comments in their historical context. At all times, Sam's love and respect for Edwards shines through clearly."
Glenn Kreider, Professor of Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary