Book Review: The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield by Steven J. Lawson

Steve Lawson’s The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield is a short, but powerful biography that looks at the life and theology of the famous evangelist of the 18th century. If you want a book that powerfully captures this man’s life in a short 150 plus pages, then this is the book for you. It will inspire you to be a faithful evangelist, adherent to the word of God, and a man of God. The book is simply laid out in its chapter divisions, the first chapter being a recap of the history of Whitefield’s life in his upbringing and preaching to the lost. The second chapter regards his passion and devotion to the Word of God, which happens to be one of the most inspiring chapters in the entire book, especially if one wants to go into ministry. The third chapter speaks about Whitefield’s devotion to the Doctrines of Grace and how it influenced his approach to ministry and his evangelism to the lost. The fourth chapter speaks about his philosophy of evangelism. The fifth chapter spoke of his passion for the lost, and the last chapter speaks about the important call of doing the work of the Lord, which we as the church must take heed to, which is the Great Commission.

 The book as a whole is very inspiring and well-written. It is like Lawson’s past books on Spurgeon and Calvin in that it captures the life of the man as well as his theology and what made the man so unique. With Whitefield, it is no different. The formula that made Whitefield an effective man of God is biblical and necessary. He was a man in the word, a man of prayer, a man who believed in the sovereignty of God and His personal responsibility to preach the word and reach the lost. His zeal for evangelism is utterly contagious. Anyone who needs to have a passion for the unsaved should be encouraged to read this book, because all Christians are called to reach the lost, since this is the mission of the church. This is why this book may be one of the most important ones for both preachers and laypeople to read. For this I highly recommend this book, not only because of the efficient and extraordinary content, but also for the potential impact that it could have in inspiring a generation of Christians to evangelize even as Whitefield did back in the days.

 Note: I received this book as a complimentary copy from Reformation Trust. I was not obligated to write a positive review, but only my honest opinion. 


Book Reviewed by Steve Cha, author of Hollywood Mission: Possible: