Item description for Embattled Christian: William Gurnall & the Puritan View of Spiritual Warfare by Bryan G. Zacharias...
Overview Bryan Zacharias provides a valuable introduction to Gurnall's work The Christian in Complete Armour and to the theme which he emphasised so powerfully. An excellent study of the principles of Christian living and an ideal entrance to a whole world of Puritan theology.
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Studio: Banner of Truth
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.9" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.34 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1996
Publisher Banner of Truth
ISBN 0851516750 ISBN13 9780851516752
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Help for Spiritual Warfare Mar 5, 2006
The Puritans were seasoned warriors when it came to spiritual warfare. Their emminence in spiritual matters can be seen in part through their writings themselves and by the ongoing influence that their published writings continue to have to this day. 'The Embattled Christian' deals with the spiritual warfare that is common to all followers of Jesus Christ. The author refers primarily to William Gurnalls classic(on spiritual warfare)'The Christian In Complete Armour',but he also draws from the writings of John Owen,Thomas Manton,Thomas Watson and Richard Baxter among others. The book can be especially valuable to those who may find the Puritans difficult to read. It is an excellent introduction to what the Puritans have written on the subject of Spiritual Warfare. To understand the great battle that exists for every believer ,there must be a fundamental understanding of the enemies that the Christian must overcome. The greatest enemy of the Christian is the battle with their own inward corruption. Even when someone becomes a believer,they will still stuggle daily with this principle of evil(within them)until the day they die. Mr.Zacharias writes on p.54"The Puritans understand evil as lying at the heart of each human person,a fundamental warping of motivation,desire,and choice that turns the heart away from its true source and end,God,and directs it unto itself and the creation." One of the strengths of the Puritans view of Spiritual Warfare,which Zacharias deals with in Chap.3 is the vulnerability and weakness of believers.The devil knows how weak and vulnerable Christians are,but some if not many believers are often ignorant of how weak and vulnerable they often are. 'The Embattled Christian'will be of great help in making Christians aware of how weak they are in themselves,how much they need to depend upon the Lord to fight, and what weapons the Lord has provided for them to overcome the World,the flesh and the Devil.
Uniquely well-presented, rich and concise summary Sep 23, 2004
If you value the theology and wisdom and inspiration and experience and history of the Puritans this is a book you will want to own. It is only 119 short pages, yet it manages to summarize the entire picture of what the Puritans thought about and practiced and wrote on the subject of spiritual warfare. It also goes beyond that even with very skillful and informative and well-written short chapters on such subjects as prayer and the Puritan view of regeneration. This is simply a great little book. If you are familiar with William Gurnall's famous work the Christian In Complete Armour but have never read it (a mammoth work) this book will not only summarize its contents for you but inspire you anew to go to it for more. Zacharias also manages to include numerous quotes from works on spiritual warfare by other Puritans (more difficult to find than Gurnall). Because this book was originally the author's thesis for his master's degree (he studied under J. I. Packer who has himself written a classic work on the Puritans titled In Quest of Godliness) it reads like a book that has had alot of research put into it, and alot of thought about its content; in other words not just another quickly written title on Christian subject X for a new bookselling season. Highly, highly recommended.
Should We Take Spiritual Warfare Seriously? Apr 6, 2000
Is spiritual warfare something we should be concerned about? Bryan Zacharias takes you on a tour of what the Puritans, particularly William Gurnall, thought about the subject. Their Biblical approach concluded that spiritual warfare is indeed a serious subject with which all Christians should be familiar. This book is a good place to begin a sober study of spiritual warfare, which can be a matter of spiritual life and death.