The Printer and the Preacher

Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship that Invented America

by Randy Petersen, Van Tracy

On Sale: 2023-09-05

Book Summary

A groundbreaking look at the strange friendship between George Whitefield and Benjamin Franklin, who together defined what it means to be an American.

About the Book

They were the most famous men in America.  They came from separate countries, followed different philosophies, and led dissimilar lives. But they were fast friends. No two people did more to shape America in the mid-1700s.

Benjamin Franklin was the American prototype: hard-working, inventive, practical, funny, with humble manners and lofty dreams. George Whitefield was the most popular preacher in an era of great piety, whose outdoor preaching across the colonies was heard by thousands, all of whom were told, “You must be born again.” People became excited about God. They began reading the Bible and supporting charities. When Whitefield died in 1770, on a preaching tour in New Hampshire, he had built a spiritual foundation for a new nation—just as his surviving friend, Ben Franklin, had built its social foundation. Together these two men helped establish a new nation founded on liberty. This is the story of their amazing friendship.

Appendixes are included in the audiobook companion PDF download.

Product Details

  • Imprint: Thomas Nelson
  • On Sale: 2023-09-05
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2023-09-05
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  • Category 1 : HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)
  • Category 2 : RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides
  • Category 3 : RELIGION / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth