Short Discourses to be Read in Families
Masterful collection of devotional material, similar to Jay’s well-known Morning and Evening Exercises. Like all of Puritan William Jay’s works, Short Discourses to be Read in Families is doctrinal, experimental and practical.
This work has long been regarded as including some of William Jay’s most richly edifying writings, including short readings on the following and many more topics:
- The Eye of God Always Upon Us
- The Happy Family
- Confidence in God Composing the Mind
- Nearness to the Cross
- Fears Removed
- Acquiescence to the Will of God
- The Union of Prayer and Watchfulness
- Backsliding Reproved
- The Misery of Contending With God
About the Author
William Jay (16 June 1789 – 14 October 1858) was an American reformer, jurist, and the son of Founding Father and first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay (1745–1829).
Born in New York City, Jay completed his education at Yale University in 1808. He took up the cause of various societal reforms and identified himself especially with the temperance, antislavery, and antiwar movements. He was one of the founders of the American Bible Society in 1816. Then, he entered the role of Judge of common pleas in New York from 1818 to 1820.
An enthusiastic member of the American Antislavery Society, whose constitution he drafted. His calm, logical, and judicial writings exerted for many years a powerful influence. From 1835 to 1837 he was the society’s corresponding foreign secretary.
Jay was married with 8 children.