Item description for A Serious Call to a Devout & Holy Life [With CD] (Pure Gold Classics) by William Law...
Overview A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law proclaims that God does not merely forgive our disobedience, He calls us to obedience and to a life completely centered in Him. Law exposes pious hypocrisy and the corruption of the Church. His writing is fresh and sharp, as he vividly illustrates the holy Christian life as one lived totally for God. ?Devotion signifies a life given, or devoted, to God. He, therefore, is the devout man, who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God ? by doing everything in the name of God, and under such rules as are conformable to His glory.?
Publishers Description A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life is new to our best-selling, expanding Pure Gold Classics collection. This inspirational classic has cross-denominational appeal. It includes a CD and also a color timeline.
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Studio: Bridge-Logos Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Bridge-Logos Publishers
Series Pure Gold Classics
ISBN 0882704532 ISBN13 9780882704531
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More About William Law
Born in 1924, William Sloane Coffin, Jr.'s young life of wealth and comfort was suddenly rearranged by the death of his father in 1933. A series of moves led mother and children first to California and then to Europe. As a boy, Coffin's first ambition was to be a concert pianist. In Paris he was able to study with Nadia Boulanger and later in Geneva met Ignacy Paderewski. When World War II erupted, the family returned to the United States, and Coffin attended Phillips Academy in Andover, graduating into an army uniform. As an officer he used his linguistic skills in intelligence work. After the war he attended Yale University, alma mater to his father and grandfather, and later studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York City with Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich. Uncertain of a calling to the ministry, he left Union for the newly organized CIA and was assigned to Europe. He eventually settled on a career as a minister and returned to Yale as chaplain, where he held the university pulpit for seventeen years. During the 1960s and 1970s a great thirst for social justice energized Coffin, and he led vigorous protests against both the evils of segregation and the Vietnam War. He has remained a social activist and protester to this day. From 1977 to 1987 Coffin was pastor of Riverside Church in Manhattan. From this pulpit, his well-earned fame as a preacher of great power and conviction spread nationwide. No one in 1983 who heard him preach the eulogy for his son, Alex, shortly after he died in an auto accident, could ever doubt either his courage or the depth of his confidence in the abiding presence of God's grace. Reverend Coffin currently lives a life of active retirement in Strafford, Vermont John F. Thorton is a literary agent, former book editor, and the coeditor, with Katharine Washburn, of Dumbing Down (1996) and Tongues of Angels, Tongues of Men: A Book of Sermons (1999). He lives in New York City. Susan B. Varenne is a New York City high-school teacher with a strong avocational interest in and wide experience of spiritual literature (M.A., The University of Chicago Divinity School; Ph. D., Columbia University).
William Law was born in 1686 and died in 1761.
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Painfully edited by publisher Apr 6, 2010
The publisher does not clearly advertise the fact that this is "sensitively revised in modern English" but it becomes clear within a few pages of reading it. It's been insultingly revised in a way that underestimates the reader's ability to comprehend. It has repeated, basic grammar mistakes that should be glaringly obvious. Who edited this? It is an injustice to William Law. Buy Law's book--not this one.
Long-lasting Effects Dec 26, 2009
I remember reading this book while I was a college student. Today, nearly 37 years later, I still remember some points from the book. That's how much impact the book can have. Possibly the greatest lesson I learned was to ask myself the question every day, "Is anything I'm doing today going to have eternal value?" He did not teach it in those words, but that seemed to me the gist.
Someday all the insignificant and petty involvements of daily life on this planet will pale in view of what is lasting and eternal---what pleases and honors God Himself. Law grows very, very practical in his application of this principle and any Christian would benefit from the reading and study of this volume.
Inspired and brutally honest. Dec 23, 2009
As a seeker of truth and a amateur theologian I read many books dealing with "what is the state of our being". None I have ever read deals so honestly and piercingly as this one. It may take a chapter or two to get past the writing style that was common for the times. But speaking of times this is timeless. Nothing he says is passe. If you are interested in truth about how you really live and what is really important you will "enjoy" this book. Be prepared to be haunted by it's message.
One other thing. This book, in my opinion, could be used as a text in a logic class. Law is simply brilliant.
You might also consider "A Testament to Devotion" by William Kelly or "The Gospel of the Kingdom" by E. Ladd. Anything by Dallas Willard will be a great benefit and blessing to you.
A Timeless Classic Nov 8, 2009
A classic book, originally published in 1728. William Law is a puritan. And he writes like a puritan - but what he writes is so worth reading. While this book may be difficult to read (330 pages) if you are not used to reading the puritans, it is worth trying. His whole point is that we must get serious as believers in our devotional life. What is devotion? He define sit as:
...a life given, or devoted to God. The devout, therefore, are those who live no longer to their own will or the way and spirit of the world, but live to the sole will of God, consider God in everything, and serve God in everything.
He goes on to say:
If we do not live unto God in all the ordinary actions of our life, and make him the rule and measure of all our ways, we cannot be said to live unto Him at all!
The goal of such a life is transformation & change.
As I said, if you are not used to puritan writing, you may find the middle chapters repetitive, and his reasoning `long winded' - but the danger in skipping over such chapters is to miss the nugget of great insight which the puritans can give to us.
A classic which should be read today - and one which should inspire us to be diligent and vigilant in spending time with our God and allowing his word to change how we live.
A challenge to Christian complacency by a mentor to John and Charles Wesley Oct 12, 2009
A SERIOUS CALL TO A DEVOUT AND HOLY LIFE answers the question: "If Christians could hold fast to the tenets of the Faith when professing it was dangerous, why are they lax now, when being a Christian is safe and easy?" While simple and profound, William Law's writings also offer a severe challenge to comfortable or complacent Christians. William Law, who is often called the greatest of the post-Reformation mystics, was a fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church. After losing his position at Cambridge for refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance to George I, he became the center of a small spiritual community. He was a religious guide to the Gibbon family and included among his disciples John and Charles Wesley.