Kate Janke and Karen Johnson




Auringer, Eunice Paula. Puritan Concept of the Home as Seen in Jonathan and Sarah Edwards.


(Dissertation, 1977).


This dissertation addresses Sarah as a housekeeper and that she was in charge of the home. Jonathan tried to keep out of the more “worldly” cares of life, so Sarah managed the household duties.



Dodds, Elizabeth D. Marriage to a Difficult Man: The “Uncommon Union” of Jonathan and


Sarah Edwards. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1971.


            This book is helpful for capturing the strong character and devotion of Sarah Edwards, how she balanced out her husband, and her contribution to American society in raising competent children.



Edwards, Jonathan. “Memoirs of Jonathan Edwards: Ch. 11. The Works of Jonathan Edwards.


Vol. 1. Peabody, MA: Hendricksoon, 2003.


            This is a description of the thoughts, feelings, and struggles of Sarah Edwards surrounding the circumstances of two weeks in her life in which she felt particularly united with God. It also contains notes defending the validity of her experiences written by the editor.



Edwards, Jonathan. “X: Thoughts on the Revival of Religion in New England” Part IV. Nature


of the Work in a Particular Instance. The Works of Jonathan Edwards. Vol. 1.


Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2003.


            This is Edwards’ circumspect description of Sarah’s religious experiences, concealing the subject of his discourse. Written with much feeling, he describes her emotion in great detail, and is convincing that the revival was indeed real and valid.



Gerstner, Edna. Jonathan and Sarah- an Uncommon Union. Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Publications,




            In this novel the author tells a story of the Edwards family using the diaries from various family members. It is mainly a fun, anecdotal read, but does not focus specifically on Sarah.



Hopkins, Samuel. The Life and Character of the Late Reverend Mr. Jonathan Edwards.


Appendix 2, “Containing a Short Sketch of Mrs. Edwards’ Life and Character.”


Boston:??????, 1765.


            A man, who for want of being under the mentorship of Edwards, lived at the Edwards’ household for some time, writes this. These are his observations of the whole family, focusing mainly on Jonathan, with a brief description of Sarah in the Appendix.



Marsden, George M. Jonathan Edwards: A Life. Ch. 15: “Heavenly Elysium.” New Haven and


London: Yale Up, 2003.


            Without going into detail, this chapter superficially covers Sarah Edwards’s life, touching on her two-week period of “rapture.”



Petersen, William J. 25 Surprising Marriages: Faith-Building Stories From the Lives of Famous


Christians. United States: Baker Books, 1997.


            Sixteen out of 500 pages are devoted to the marriage of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards. The book tries to take a realistic view of marriage, i.e. personality differences, struggles encountered. Probably most helpful for those who look to Sarah as an example of a godly wife.



Van Buren, Camille. “The ‘Uncommon’ Sarah Edwards.” [Online]. Available:


www.hillsdale.edu/dept/Phil&Rel/JE/EdwardsS/VanBurenC.html. [Sept. 18, 2003].


            This college essay is a brief but informative description of the relationship between Jonathan and Sarah Edwards, and Sarah’s impact in the life of both her husband and children. Van Buren also mentions Sarah’s relationship with Christ and conversion experience. This essay has good information and facts, but is not the most helpful if one wishes to capture a full picture of Sarah Edwards.



“What Happened this Day in Church History.” Christian History Institute. [Online]. Available:




[Sept. 18, 2003].


            This is merely a short summary of the relationship between Jonathan and Sarah Edwards, but is not very helpful. If you are looking for a brief summary for a general idea of who Sarah Edwards was, this may be helpful, but there are better sources to be found.