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The Great Gain of Godliness (Puritan Paperbacks) Paperback – October 1, 2006
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About the Author
Thomas Watson (1620 1686) was an English, Nonconformist, Puritan preacher and author. He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was noted for remarkably intense study. In 1646 he commenced a sixteen-year pastorate at St. Stephen's, Walbrook. He showed strong Presbyterian views during the civil war, with, however, an attachment to the king, and in 1651 he was imprisoned briefly with some other ministers for his share in Christopher Love's plot to recall Charles II of England. He was released on 30 June 1652, and was formally reinstated as vicar of St. Stephen's Walbrook.
He obtained great fame and popularity as a preacher until the Restoration, when he was ejected for Nonconformity. Notwithstanding the rigor of the acts against dissenters, Watson continued to exercise his ministry privately as he found opportunity. Upon the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he obtained a license to preach at the great hall in Crosby House.
After preaching there for several years, his health gave way, and he retired to Barnston, Essex, where he died suddenly while praying in secret. He was buried on 28 July 1686.
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I think this book is the for the mature Christian who has been walking with God and wants to seek more of Christ and his holiness and godliness. The reason is this: many things a person will not understand until he has gone a certain road and through much tribulation of hardships.
This book is extremely salty so after reading it, you will be thirsting for godliness. He has great arguments and refutes many objections from ungodly men. It goes extremely deep talking about the right kind of fear we should have for God and how we should do so and why. I think a whole third of this book is dedicated to that since it's so very important. A must read for a christian who wants to bear God's holy name and as a representative of him. Overall, this book is worth every cent.