A Devotional (44 pages)
David Brainerd lived twenty-nine short years. Yet his life has affected millions of Christians, including John Wesley, William Carey, Charles Spurgeon, and Jim Elliot. What was so remarkable about the man? This devotional provides seven accessible, practical answers, including his view of conversion, his oft-cited devotional habits, his deep love for the Lord’s Day, and his endurance of almost constant suffering. Each chapter makes careful, practical, and biblical applications to the lives of readers today, portraying Brainerd as an imperfect, but helpful example of Christian piety. Its format works well for personal and small-group use, and it can be used in conjunction with the DVD documentary.
A Documentary (DVD, 57 minutes)
Explore the life and influence of David Brainerd, the subject of the most popular book written by Jonathan Edwards, America’s greatest theologian. The documentary answers the questions, “Who was David Brainerd, and why has he had such a lasting international influence?” It emphasizes David’s sufferings and weaknesses, demonstrating that God loves to use weak things to show off his strength—a much needed emphasis in today’s evangelical church.
The DVD includes on-location footage from more than a dozen places where Brainerd lived. It features diary narrations by Tim Keesee (Frontline Missions International) and interviews with exceptional scholars on the topics of David Brainerd, Jonathan Edwards, and evangelical spirituality:
Vance Christie, Aurora Evangelical Free Church; author, David Brainerd: A Flame for God (Christian Focus, 2009)
John Grigg, University of Nebraska; author, The Lives of David Brainerd (Oxford University Press, 2009)
Michael Haykin, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, The God Who Draws Near (Evangelical Press, 2007)
Kenneth Minkema, Yale University; executive editor, The Works of Jonathan Edwards (Yale University Press)
Andrew Naselli, Bethlehem College & Seminary; author, Let Go and Let God? (Lexham Press, 2010)
Joe Tyrpak, Tri-County Bible Church; author, The Life of David Brainerd: A Devotional (2015)
Douglas Sweeney, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; director, Jonathan Edwards Center (Chicago, Illinois)
Donald Whitney, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (NavPress, 2014 [updated])
The Life of David Brainerd: A Documentary can be viewed individually or in a small group. It can also be studied with a companion devotional booklet written by Joe Tyrpak.