Excerpts From The Diary Of Jonathan Edwards

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I will be going to college in a few months and am not sure what to expect from college with me being so young; however, I know that my family will be supportive and encouraging to me. My father seems especially eager about my upcoming college entry, probably because I am his only son out of eleven children. My father and grandfather are both pastors and I feel that they want me to continue the pastoral tradition in the family (Hammond).
I have felt the need today to reflect on my family and childhood years. My mother, who is highly intelligent, has influenced me to love and appreciate books. I remember as a young child preferring to read books, write and learn other languages over playing with other children. I always felt a bit out of place when I was with my friends. This was probably due to the fact that I was more interested in reading the Bible than playing games. It seems that the only time I spent with other children was when I built forts in the forest so that we could have prayer meetings (Hammond). Even though some of my friends think that I am dull and boring, I feel that at twelve years of age I am ready to take on whatever God has in store for me.

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Today was my first day of college at Yale Collegiate School. I feel quite confident that I will do well even though I am not yet thirteen years of age. In spite of the fact that my father has been very busy with his role as pastor of East Windsor Church, he has found the time to help prepare me for college. I feel somewhat pressured because of the fact that I am the only son out of 11 children; however, I want to make my father proud of me (“Cengage Learning”).

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I am happy to say that I received my degree after four years of hard work and study at Yale. Not only did I receive my degree, but I also graduated as valedictorian of my class and am now planning to pursue my Master’s Degree at Yale. Looking back at my undergraduate years, the event that had the most impact on me as a student was when someone gifted scientific and philosophical books to the school. The person who generously donated these books to the school probably has no idea of how huge of an impact that these books have had on my fellow classmates and me. I am eternally grateful for their generosity because these books have opened a whole new world of opportunities in learning about the great John Locke and Sir Isaac Newton (“Cengage Learning”).

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As a son of a pastor, I have always known the importance of Christianity; however, there have been many times that I did not fully understand the meaning of Christianity. I feel that I had a breakthrough during my Bible study today. This breakthrough was like a delightful conviction. "As I read the words, there came into my soul, and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense, quite different from any thing I ever experienced before… I thought with myself, how excellent a Being that...

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