University of Notre Dame historian George Marsden’s book “Jonathan Edwards: A Life” is one of five finalists for the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) award for a biography. The winner will be announced in March at the organization’s 30th annual awards ceremony.p. A controversial Protestant theologian and author raised in New England, Edwards (1703-1758) has been credited with igniting the Enlightenment movement of the 18th century. Marsden tells his personal story and casts light on his pastoral work as well as aspects of American history at that time.p. Marsden recently discussed his biography on C-SPAN2’s “Book TV” and delivered the plenary address at a conference at the Library of Congress marking Edwards’ 300th birthday.p. The Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at Notre Dame, Marsden is the author of more than a dozen books and more than two dozen articles.p. The NBCC, founded in 1974, consists of some 700 active book reviewers. The centerpiece of NBCC activities is the annual awards for the best book in five categories: fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry and criticism.