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  • ISBN: 978-0830827947
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Page Count: 318
  • Publisher: Inter Varsity Press

The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics (Kelly Kapic)

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The Puritans are frequently maligned but seldom understood. In these pages, notable scholars such as J.I. Packer, John Coffey, Mark Noll, Leland Ryken, Richard Lovelace and Sinclair Ferguson invite readers to sit at the feet of Puritan writers, ranging from William Ames, William Perkins and Richard Sibbes to Thomas Goodwin, John Milton, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan and Jonathan Edwards.

What comes through is a living, three-dimensional portrait of the devoted life that emphasizes the Christian experience of communion with God, corporate revival, biblical preaching and the sanctifying working of God’s Holy Spirit.

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The Devoted Life 

An Invitation to the Puritan Classics

The Puritans are frequently maligned but seldom understood. In these pages, notable scholars such as J. I. Packer, John Coffey, Mark Noll, Leland Ryken, Richard Lovelace and Sinclair Ferguson invite readers to sit at the feet of Puritan writers, ranging from William Ames, William Perkins and Richard Sibbes to Thomas Goodwin, John Milton, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan and Jonathan Edwards.

What comes through is a living, three-dimensional portrait of the devoted life that emphasizes the Christian experience of communion with God, corporate revival, biblical preaching and the sanctifying working of God’s Holy Spirit.

Endorsements

“This is a grand achievement. Kapic and Gleason have managed to present an impressive collection of essays that explore some of the more important Puritan texts.”

— Frank A. James III, D.Phil., Ph.D., President and Professor of Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

“Despite the Puritans’ profound contributions to the doctrine and disciplines of the Christian life, we have few reliable introductions to their works. These insightful, accessible and critically appreciative essays enlarge our hearts and nurture us in living coram deo.”

— Stephen R. Spencer, Professor of Theology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

“Just what we need–a user-friendly guide to the spiritual classics of seventeenth-century Puritanism which will bring long-forgotten works back to life and encourage a new generation to move on to the meat of evangelical spirituality. From the familiar John Bunyan to the virtually unknown John Howe, this collection takes in a range of writers who bear witness to the enormous riches of our Protestant heritage which continue to shape and sustain the modern church. This anthology will open people’s eyes to behold wonders of which few have ever dreamed, and it is sure to become a standard reference work wherever the English Reformation heritage is held in honor.”

— Gerald Bray, Anglican Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

“It is an excellent idea to celebrate the theology of the Puritan movement by introducing its representative figures–from William Ames to Thomas Watson, from John Bunyan to Richard Sibbes– through their classic writings. A first-rate team of evangelical scholars does the honors. Here is doctrinal exactness, faithfulness to Scripture and pastoral insight. Here also is learning and wit, allegory and poetry. Take up and read!”

— Paul Helm, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia

Contents

  • Key Events in Puritan History
  • Puritan Publications Discussed in this Volume
  1. Who Were the Puritans?
  2. The Art of Prophesying by William Perkins
  3. The Marrow of Theology by William Ames
  4. Christ the Fountaine of Life by John Cotton
  5. The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes
  6. Letters by Samuel Rutherford
  7. Of the Object and Acts of Justifying Faith by Thomas Goodwin
  8. The Parable of the Ten Virgins by Thomas Shepard
  9. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  10. The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter
  11. Communion with God by John Owen
  12. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  13. A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson
  14. The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel
  15. Treatise of Delighting in God by John Howe
  16. A Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
  17. The Poetry of Anne Bradstreet and Edward Taylor
  18. Human Nature in its Fourfold State by Thomas Boston
  19. Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
  20. Afterword: The Puritans and Spiritual Renewal
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