This is a modern-English edition of Burroughs’ most well-known and beloved book, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, first published in 1648. It has long been regarded as the most useful book ever written for promoting a contented, thankful, uncomplaining and grateful walk with God.
We live in a world of grumblers, discontent with God’s widespread goodness. It is all too easy for Christians to share in this spirit with the world. This book, in typical Puritan form, “doctors” us by proposing remedies to our “spiritual disease” and helps us grow a spirit of thankfulness in its place.
The author focuses especially on helping to bring calm and contentment to the hearts of those in sad and discouraged times. He also aims to promote peace and harmony among believers with various differences of opinion.
Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646) was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He then ministered to two congregations in East Anglia before leaving to minister to the English church at Rotterdam in 1637. On his return to England in 1642 he quickly became known as one of the most popular London preachers. Burroughs was one of the delegates to the Westminster Assembly. He and four others objected to the form of church government agreed on by the majority. Peaceable by temperament, he grieved at the divisions which inevitably followed their objections.