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  • Series: Puritan Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth (January 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851515215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851515212
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In our 'tolerant' world, the one thing we can not bear to tolerate is the mention of sin. When someone out of such a culture comes to understand the gospel such words as repentance can still be difficult to swallow. We are often tempted to confuse feeling sorry or confession with repentance. Watson makes clear what repentance really is: 'True leaving of sin is when the acts of sin cease from the infusion of a principle of grace, as the air ceases to be dark from the infusion of light'. Watson writes in a clear, practical, and yet penetrating manner.' --Mike Leake

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Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686), the Puritan preacher and author, was probably born in Yorkshire, although the exact place and date of his birth are unknown. He studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA, 1639; MA, 1642), where he was apparently a diligent student. Certainly his intellect is apparent in his writings, which show a profound grasp of the English language, as well as a solid understanding of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. He quotes from the early church fathers, and his familiarity with the breadth of the scriptural canon is stunning. Cross-references from the entire biblical corpus are sprinkled throughout his sermons, revealing a deep understanding of many texts obscure to most modern day Bible students. A solid understanding of history, botany, medicine, physics, the classics, logic, and various trades are revealed in his sermons.

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I heartily recommend this book to every believer.
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The meat of this book is the nature of repentance that consists of sight, sorrow, confession, shame, hatred and turning from sin.
A. Sutono, a.k.a., Birdey The Observer
In fact, I would say this is the most influential book (non-divinely inspired book that is) I have ever read.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J.Adrian on June 17, 2005
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A book exclusively on repentance is exceedingly rare in our day, almost non-existent. This is especially noteworthy when one considers the significance of the doctrine. Watson notes in the introduction that faith and repentance are the two great graces essential to a Christian in this life. The Puritans preached and wrote on this doctrine far more often and in much greater detail than has been the case in the last century. I believe this is because they understood its importance as an indispensable part of the saving work of God in the souls of men. In setting forth the nature of true repentance Thomas Watson gives us six ingredients that are present inwardly and outwardly:1.A sight of sin 2.sorrow for sin 3.confession of sin 4.shame for sin 5.hatred for sin 6.turning for sin. He also gives Biblical examples that help to illustrate each of the components of repentance. In opening up what it is to turn from sin Watson writes with characteristic depth on p.54"It must be a turning from all sin... so a true convert seeks the destruction of every lust. He knows how dangerous it is to entertain any one sin. He that hides one rebel in his house is a traitor to the crown... ."The Puritans were concerned with teaching doctrine but they wanted that doctrine applied to the heart with power by the Spirit of God. This can be seen in the exortations and powerful motives to repentance that are given in chapters six through eight. Some of the motives being:that repentance prepares us for every holy duty,mercy is given to those who are penitent, it is the end of all the afflictions that the Lord sends and the day of judgement is coming. The enourmous value of this book can be seen by the emphasis that the Word of God gives to the doctirne of repentance, by the scarcity of books on the subject and by the authors piety,gifts and usefulness in the service of his Lord and King.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Wiggins VINE VOICE on July 23, 2008
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Thomas Watson, born in England around 1620, was a Puritan preacher and author of more than ten books. He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 1646 he commenced a sixteen year pastorate at St. Stephen's, Walbrook. In 1686, he retired to Barnston, Essex, where he died suddenly while praying in secret (from Wikipedia). The Doctrine of Repentance, first published in 1668, is a small book that offers a complete teaching on biblical repentance.

Watson begins with a brief discussion of the order of salvation. Which comes first, faith or repentance? After defending his conviction that faith is wrought in the heart prior to seeing the fruits of repentance, Watson moves on to an explanation of how the Spirit and the Word work together to bring about repentance.

Oftentimes, it is helpful for a teacher to show what a thing is not in order to effectively show what it truly is. Watson does this with repentance. Before he delves into the specifics of what repentance is, he first discusses what repentance is not. Watson gives several examples of how we deceive ourselves into thinking that we are repentant, such as a troubled mind regarding our sin, the making of resolutions against sin, realizing that sin and its consequences are painful, quitting sin for fear of future evil, and quitting one sin only to take up another. None of these equal biblical repentance.

True repentance is explained over two chapters.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Tuttle on August 16, 2007
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Few books have had the impact on me that this one has. In fact, I would say this is the most influential book (non-divinely inspired book that is) I have ever read. I have read and re-read passages until they soaked deep into my soul. Much more than a how-to, it's a book of great depth and conviction. Would that we all would constantly have a godly sorrow that leads to repentance and great joy.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nick Cato on September 4, 2000
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This is not only one of Watson's greatest works, but also a much needed addition to any church/personal library. Watson writes with classic Puritan conviction, and will encourage the believer's walk like few other authors can.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Sutono, a.k.a., Birdey The Observer on August 4, 2008
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Repentance is a word whose meaning and the force thereof has been incredibly diluted and cheapened. I am one of those responsible for doing so and therefore, like many others, need to be rebuked and corrected. I have known of no exposition on repentance more forceful than what Pastor Watson does here, who begins with St. Paul's address in Athens recorded in the book of Acts that God commands people everywhere to repent. He then goes on with a warning of what he calls counterfeit or deceitful repentance (p.15-17) or what I call expedient repentance whose characteristics consist of either fear of punishment only, resolution only without actions, and half-hearted repentance which has something to do with love of sin and love of the world, discussed in a separate chapter (10) where Watson talks about impediments to repentance.

The meat of this book is the nature of repentance that consists of sight, sorrow, confession, shame, hatred and turning from sin. Something that I thought interesting is when it is pointed out that though confession is directed primarily to God, there are occasions where it should be done to "some prudent, pious friends, who may advise him and speak a word in due season (James 5:16)." Then Watson adds, "It is a sinful modesty in Christians that they are not more free with their ministers and other spiritual friends in unburdening themselves and opening the sores and troubles of their souls to them. If there is a thorn sticking in the conscience, it is good to make use of those who may help to pluck it out" (p.37).

Sight, Sorrow, Shame, Hatred and Turning from sin are certainly some things we always need in an increasing degree everyday.
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