Elisabeth D. Dodds. Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards. Laurel, MN: Audubon, 2003.
John Piper says of the book, “I desire that all the theology I embrace make me a better husband and a better father. Elizabeth Dodds helped me see this more clearly in her portrayal of the Edwards family.”
So how could I not read the book after all that?
The book is edifying to read, but I should mention two warnings:
- The author is not a professionally trained historian, so the historiography can be a little shabby.
- Sometimes the author misunderstands the theology that the Edwards celebrated, and she consequently misinterprets some events. (Noël Piper points this out in her foreword.)
Fortunately, the copy I read includes footnotes throughout the text by contributing editor John Hannah, an Edwards scholar who teaches at Dallas Theological Seminary.