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Overview IVP Print On Demand Title This book is designed to introduce you to a wide range of influential Puritan writers and a representative work for each that pushes through stereotypes to the heart and soul of these Christian pastors and theologians. In these pages notable scholars, such as J.I. Packer, John Coffey, Mark A. Noll, Leland Ryken, Richard F. Lovelace and Sinclair Ferguson, invite you 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 emphasized the Christian experience of communion with God, corporate revival, biblical preaching, and the sanctifying working of God's Holy Spirit.
Publishers Description The Puritans are frequently maligned but seldom understood. Far from the dour malcontents they are often portrayed to be, most Puritans were wholesomely engaged in life. This book is designed to introduce you to a wide range of influential Puritan writers and a representative work for each that pushes through stereotypes to the heart and soul of these Christian pastors and theologians. With a clear grasp of the historical contexts in which these Puritan works were written, these twenty essays presented by editors Kelly M. Kapic and Randall C. Gleason illuminate the vibrant spirituality of the Puritans that transcend their sometimes surprising political, ecclesiastical and religious differences. In these pages notable scholars, such as J. I. Packer, John Coffey, Mark Noll, Leland Ryken, Richard Lovelace and Sinclair Ferguson, invite you 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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Studio: IVP Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.91" Weight: 1.04 lbs.
Release Date Nov 22, 2004
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830827943 ISBN13 9780830827947
Reviews - What do customers think about The Devoted Life: An Invitation To The Puritan Classics?
Pandering After New Truths? Dec 26, 2007
Clearly stating that they were not saints, but men with faults, nonetheless, the Puritans excellent work in defining theology that continues to master the modern way and instruct a doubting generation, was and will continue to be the foundation of Reformed theological thinking and believing, long outliving the life-span of today's popular literature.
After a brief overview of their impact on societal England and neighboring countries like France and Holland etc, the many contributors bring us to a healthy and informative understanding of these great works, in their historical and post-biblical context, and their unique individual contributions inspire us afresh.
'The Art of Prophesying' by William Perkins:
Paul R Schaeffer introduces this volume with the timeless classic on preaching and hermeneutics as the cornerstone of Puritan theology. Denying the modern rendition of prophecy as being a new word from God, he describes Perkins's definition thereof:
'Prophesying was the Elizabethan term for penetrating preaching...' pg 39 which had fallen on hard times due to antagonism from the Church of England, and the Royal house of England's opposition. God uses preaching, Perkins claimed, as the means 'instrumental in gathering the church' and 'driving away the wolves from the folds of the Lord.' Not only so, but 'prophesying...a solemn public utterance' relates to the worship of God and the salvation of our neighbors', pg 41. Allegorical, or 'stylized apocalyptic speculations', are too speculative, 'For Satan raises old heresies from the dead in order to retard the restoration of the church which has begun in our time'. Such prophesying for Perkins was not receiving a new word from the Lord but rather correctly handling what God has given in the Scriptures. Perkins's work also sensitizes us to the need to provide thoughtful rather than superficial answers in the variety of situations we face in relationships each day with fellow believers and unbelievers alike.
This should exhort Christians to caution, especially with regard to new onslaughts on the eternal truth of God, and make them wary of deception thru the wrong use of settled Scripture - which seems to have become the staple diet of speculative TV preachers. The Bible warns us of the apostasy of the last days with just cause - all one needs to confirm this is to look at the apex of the past century of theatrical church history. The sad conclusion is we no longer share the virtue of the apostolic or post-apostolic church.
The Devoted Life Oct 17, 2007
I suppose this book is good for what it is, but I expected something a bit different from the summaries and the reviews I read about it. I think a more appropriate name for the book would be "A Reflection of the Puritan Classics" instead of "An invitation to..." I say this because If i wanted someone to read the bible, I wouldnt hand them a Mathew Henry or J. Vernon Mcgee commentary and consider that an invitation to reading the bible. That is what this book is though. It is, basically, a commentary and review on some of the Puritan writings. I only recommend this book to people, contrary to the title of the book, who are very very familiar with the writings that the author(s) review on, otherwise it is very dull, dry and hard to understand. For instance, go read "The Reformed Pastor" by Baxter (and the other writings featured in this book) before purchasing this (text) book.
Great introduction Mar 11, 2005
The editors of The Devoted Life have put together a masterful introduction to some of the most important literature ever penned in the English language. It is not so much an introduction to the lives of the Puritans as it is an introduction to some of their key writings. However, readers will be delighted to know that the first chapter goes along way to answer the question: Who were the Puritans? (pp.15-37) and the last chapter on Puritan and Spiritual Renewal is worth the price of he book. The Puritans were chiefly responsible for shaping social and religious thought in the post-Reformation era. They are greatly misunderstood and often falsely caricatured. This introduction will be a great encouragement to the believer who wants to get beyond the typical fluff of modern writing and dig in to Christian literature that lives and breathes. The authors will take the reader on a grand tour of writings like Pilgrim's Progress and Paradise Lost and Puritan writers like Matthew Henry, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards will come alive. This book will be a welcome addition to anyone interested in Puritan studies, especially their writings. If one is looking for an accessible introduction to the lives of the Puritans, this reviewer would recommend, Leland Ryken's Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were (Zondervan, 1986).