Edwards, in the esteem of all the judicious, who were well acquainted with him, either personally or by his writings, was one of the greatest, best, and most useful of men that have lived in this age.
In this world, so full of darkness and delusion, it is of great importance, that all should be able to distinguish between true religion and that which is false. In this, perhaps, none has taken more pains or labored more successfully than he whose life is set before the reader. And it is presumed that his religious resolutions, exercises and conduct here exhibited, will serve well to exemplify and illustrate all that he has written on this subject. Here pure and undefiled religion, in distinction from all counterfeits, appears in life and practice, exhibiting a picture which will tend to instruct, strengthen and comfort all those, who, in their religious sentiments and exercises, are built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, of which Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone; while their hearts and practices, in some measure, answer to it, as in water, face answers to face.