Overcoming Sin and Temptation
Three Classic Works by John Owen
John Owen’s three classic works on sin and temptation are profoundly helpful to any believer who seeks to become more like Jesus Christ. In this volume, the editors have made Owen’s language more accessible without sacrificing any of his wonderful content. It is a uniquely accessible edition of John Owen’s previously daunting work.
The three works included are:
- On the Mortification of Sin in Believers
- Of Temptation: the Nature and Power of it
- Indwelling Sin
“John Owen’s wisdom is the missing link in our culture’s confusion about sexual sin. Kapic and Taylor’s matchless edition renders transparent the practical theology of one of the great Puritan thinkers, bringing Owen to accessible light without sacrificing theological integrity. I consistently use this book in women’s studies and one-on-one discipling and counseling, especially with women who struggle with unwanted lesbian desires and pornography. Understanding that indwelling sin manipulates believers and how to deal with this is, sadly, the best kept secret in contemporary evangelical discourse on sin. Understanding sin rightly allows believers to glorify God with rugged love, as Owen shows us that repentance of sin is itself the threshold to our merciful God. Every believer should read this book.”
— Rosaria Butterfield, former professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
“The editors of this volume have worked hard to make Owen’s unrivalled insight into the Christian’s inner war with sin accessible to all, and the result is truly a godsend.”
— J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College and author of Knowing God
“To read Owen is to mine spiritual gold. Unfortunately, as in mining, reading Owen is hard work. Now, Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor have made Owen’s work accessible to modern readers while still retaining his unique writing style.”
— Jerry Bridges, Navigators Community Ministries Group and author of The Pursuit of Holiness
About the Author
John Owen (1616–1683) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. He was among the most learned and active of the Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe. Owen was known as the “theologian’s theologian,” accomplished both in doctrine and practical theology.