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Overview This work has been widely valued since its first publication. It is now issued for the first time in a pocket-size format in the Puritan Paperbacks series. Some of the language and punctuation have been modernized to make the work more accessible.
Publishers Description In this famous exposition of Isaiah 42:3, Sibbes unfolds the tender ministry of Jesus Christ, who is 'a physician good at all diseases, especially at the binding up of the broken heart'.
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Studio: Banner of Truth
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1998
Publisher BANNER OF TRUTH #535
Series Puritan Paperbacks
ISBN 0851517404 ISBN13 9780851517407
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More About Richard Sibbes
Richard Sibbes (1577-1635) was an Anglican theologian. He is known as a Biblical exegete, and as a representative, with William Perkins and John Preston, of what has been called "main-line" Puritanism because he ever remained in the Church of England and worshiped according to the Book of Common Prayer.
Richard Sibbes was born in 1577 and died in 1635.
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Encouragement for the struggling Christian Dec 11, 2006
Richard Sibbes was born in Suffolk in 1577 and started his studies at Cambridge in 1595. In 1632 he was sentenced to banishment to New England due to his strong Puritanical tendencies, but he died before the sentence could be carried out. He was one of the most influential Puritans in the early seventeenth century and was renowned for his powerful and eloquent preaching. He wrote many essays and books but he will always be remembered for writing The Bruised Reed. First published in 1630, it has now been reprinted numerous times and has comforted and reassured many a Christian soul.
The book centers around the third verse in Isaiah 42. It reads, "A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth." Breaking that verse down, Sibbes does a masterful job of comforting and encouraging Christians in their walk with Christ. The great Anglican theologian, Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, wrote of The Bruised Reed, saying it was a "balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil...The Bruised Reed...quietened, soothed, comforted, encouraged and healed me."
What to like: Widely recognized as a classical piece of Christian literature, The Bruised Reed shows Christians why Isaiah's comparison of us to a bruised reed and a smoking flax are accurate. We are bruised. We are in a body that constantly wars with God's Spirit. And our faith can hardly be compared to a fire, for often we barely give off enough heat to smoke. Yet Sibbes shows us this is no reason to be discouraged. While it is easy for us to get discouraged about our lack of faith at times and our sinful tendencies Christ will not let us break nor let our small spark of faith be quenched. Giving practical advice on Christian living, Sibbes masterpiece is gentle yet firm; theologically deep but practical.
What not to like: I'm going to be honest here - this book was hard for me to read and that's not something I say lightly. The text was written in 1630 and the old English used is exceedingly difficult at times. This is not a book I would recommend to light readers. The book only weighs in at 128 pages but it took me a good while to read it; I would say it took me at least as long as it would normally take me to read a more modern book twice the size. I'm not saying that it was not worth the effort or that I didn't mine significant spiritual gems from the contents - just that, at times, it was mentally draining.
Memorable Quote: The whole conduct of a Christian is nothing else but knowledge reduced to will, affection and practice. If the digestion of food in the stomach is not good, the working of the liver cannot be good; so if there is error in the judgment it mars the whole of practice, as an error in the foundation does a building. God will have no blind sacrifices, no unreasonable services (Isa. 1:13), but will have us to love him with all our mind (Rom. 12:2), that is, with our understanding part, as well as with all our hearts (Luke 10:27), that is, the feeling part of the soul.
Conclusion: Though not for the novice reader, this book is well worth the effort for Christians to read. The wisdom in it will go a long way to help us during those times of discouragement and downheartedness. I would also add that the gentle and humble tone of the book should be an example for all Christians to imitate when communicating the truth of the gospel. All in all, this was a most uplifting read and did much to encourage me to persist in my feeble attempts to live my life for Christ.
Puritan masterpiece... Nov 7, 2006
this book, through Scripture, is food to the hurting soul. Have you had those times where you are so torn by your sin that you feel as though there is no way that Christ would save you, or would want to commune with you? This book points to that thought as proof of the bruised reed that needs to be gathered by the One who created it. This book will lift you up to show you that you must be bruised to understand forgiveness. You must be bruised to understand your Saviour more intimitely. I highly recommend to anyone, whether you have felt this way or not about your life this book will lift you and place you in the Father's hands, making you understand, through Scripture, that the Father truly cares for His children.
Cruisin' For A Bruisin' Nov 22, 2005
Concerning Richard Sibbes, Charles Spurgeon claimed "Sibbes never wastes the student's time, he scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands." With the same profundity and richness that typically characterizes Puritan works Sibbes, in The Bruised Reed, masterfully and beautifully deals with things like brokenness, humility, mercy, and grace all wrapped up in the greater subject of hardships, whether they be brought by persecution or one's own sin. In a time where hedonism seems to reign supreme and commandeers the hearts of sinners and confused Christians alike, The Bruised Reed delivers a good dose of sobriety to those who would revel in their good circumstance.
Might it be if one is not under affliction of one sort or another that he has not been bruised, broken, or brought to the end of himself? And if not, has he, in his pride, been given over to his depraved mind, unable to hear the thunder of God's voice which grants a man repentance? May it not be for you, me, or anyone! The wise Puritan writes, "This is such a one as our Saviour Chirst terms 'poor in spirit' (Matt. 5:3), who sees his wants, and also sees himself indebted to divine justice..." and God lowers us "levelling all proud, high thoughts, and that we may understand ourselves to be what indeed we are by nature." Let the sinner see his suffering as God's kindness which leads to salvation. Let the saint see his suffering as the means by which God perfects grace in the heart of His servant, mortifying the flesh.
With simple language and Biblical saturation, Sibbes encourages the Christian to take comfort in tribulation while looking to victory, to show grace to the weak, and to believe in Christ's goodness to us despite afflictions undergone. I heartily encourage any and all to read this fine work and now I leave you with some words of wisdom from Richard Sibbes. "In pursuing his calling, Christ will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax...he will not only not break nor quench, but he will cherish those with whom he deals."
Meat for the "self-help" void Nov 30, 2004
Into the so-called "self-help" genre of today, Sibbes speaks of the only true remedy for depression and low self-esteem. Page upon page provides soothing words of our Father's great love for us along with challenges to live as though we knew we were so loved. Help is not in ourselves but only in the one who created us and loves us with a love beyond human understanding.
Sibbes leads us to our Father and his word where the only answer for the trials and tribulations of the human condition can be found. In these pages are the insights and practical tools to battle depression and discouragement. Every heart can benefit from "doctor" Sibbes' great legacy to us.
I love Sibbes Oct 21, 2004
This book will warm your heart and motivate your Christian walk with Christ. There is much here to learn of God's glorious character and the beauty of God's Word. I would recommend getting the full 7 vol. works of Sibbes on cd-rom from richardsibbes.com which includes this individual book. They are cheeper and searchable on your computer. But you wont be dissapointed in Sibbes.