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The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics Paperback – November 22, 2004
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"Despite the Puritans' profound contributions to the doctrine and disciplines of the Christian life, we have few reliable introductions to their works. These insightful, accessible and critically appreciative essays enlarge our hearts and nurture us in living coram deo." (Stephen R. Spencer, Professor of Theology, Wheaton College)
"Just what we need--a user-friendly guide to the spiritual classics of seventeenth-century Puritanism which will bring long-forgotten works back to life and encourage a new generation to move on to the meat of evangelical spirituality. From the familiar John Bunyan to the virtually unknown John Howe, this collection takes in a range of writers who bear witness to the enormous riches of our Protestant heritage which continue to shape and sustain the modern church. This anthology will open people's eyes to behold wonders of which few have ever dreamed, and it is sure to become a standard reference work wherever the English Reformation heritage is held in honor." (Gerald Bray, Anglican Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University)
"It is an excellent idea to celebrate the theology of the Puritan movement by introducing its representative figures--from William Ames to Thomas Watson, from John Bunyan to Richard Sibbes-- through their classic writings. A first-rate team of evangelical scholars does the honors. Here is doctrinal exactness, faithfulness to Scripture and pastoral insight. Here also is learning and wit, allegory and poetry. Take up and read!" (Paul Helm, Regent College, Vancouver)
From the Publisher
* Written by notable scholars who introduce both the puritan figure and a key writing
* Contains a selection of twenty important, influential puritan writers
* Provides short yet substantial essays on a key work by each writer
* Written with the non-specialist in mind
More About the Author
Under the supervision of Colin Gunton, Kapic earned a Ph.D. in systematic and historical theology at King's College, University of London (United Kingdom), an M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and a BA in philosophy and history from Wheaton College. Kapic has written and edited numerous books, including A Little Book for New Theologians (IVP Academic, 2012), Ashgate Research Companion to John Owen's Theology (Ashgate, 2012), God so Loved He Gave (Zondervan 2010), Communion with God (Baker Academic, 2007), Overcoming Sin and Temptation: Three Classic Works by John Owen (Crossway, 2006); The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics (IVP Academic, 2004), etc.
Kapic has also published articles in various journals, such as the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Conversations in Religion and Theology, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Quarterly and Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care. Two samples of Kapic's work in contemporary theology are: "The Son's Assumption of a Human Nature: A Call for Clarity," IJST and "Trajectories of a Trinitarian Eschatology," in Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology, edited by Paul Louis Metzger, cm. New York: T & T Clark International, 2005. He serves on the Board of Editorial Consultants for the Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care, as well as a contributing editor for Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture.
Top Customer Reviews
After a brief overview of their impact on societal England and neighboring countries like France and Holland etc, the esteemed contributors bring us to a healthy and respectful understanding of these great works, in their historical and post-biblical context, as their unique individual contributions inspire us afresh.
THE ART OF PROPHESYNG 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' definition thereof:
'Prophesying was the Elizabethan term for penetrating preaching' (p 39) which had fallen on hard times due to antagonism from the hierarchy of the Church of England, and the royal house of England. Nevertheless, 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'. As such weighty importance attended this primary means of grace, Perkins believed that of all the gifts given to the church by the Spirit, 'prophesying stood as the most excellent'.Read more ›
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This book does a good job of concisely teaching about significant people in the Puritan history of the church. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Randy Smith
I was looking for a book with sample texts by Puritan authors, but this book is all commentary on those texts, with no real texts available in it. Read morePublished on January 15, 2009 by A. Stanley