- Publisher: Spring Arbor Distributors (1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857921054
- ISBN-13: 978-1857921052
- ASIN: B000YQOKG0
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,170,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Life of God in the Soul of Man; to which is added: Rules and Instructions for a Holy Life Paperback – 1996
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Discovering the truths in this book was fundamental to the Wesleys and helped to cut George Whitefield free to preach, the result of which many thousands became reconciled to God.
This is, if you like, a description of what is a real and full relationship with the God of Abraham, the God if Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus.
Read it, struggle a bit with the authors seventeenth century English, seek to understand the Biblical truths of what Scougal is saying, and if you are not there yet, fervently pray, and ask the Lord of the Harvest, Jesus, for the wisdom, the knowledge, the faith which comes with being his servant and friend.
If the Gospel is simply "God was IN Christ reconciling the world unto Himself," then true Christianity is simply "God IN a man's soul, producing His Divine life through him." I received this book yesterday in the mail; I read it all the way through this morning in one setting. It is such a powerful, soul-enrapturing work from Scougal; probably best of all, which suits my literary tastes, this Is NOT a systematic theology book, but rather a letter written to a friend; and yet, like we see with the Apostle Paul, some of the weighteist theology is found in the letters of men written to others.
He wrote certain things that are worth our memorization: "These chains and cords of love are infinitely more glorious than liberty itself; this slavery Is more noble than all the empires in the world" (pg. 41); "Had I my choice of all things that might tend to my present felicity, I would pitch upon this, to have my heart possessed with the greatest happiness and affection towards all men in the world" (pg.50); lastly, "the god of love had shot all his golden arrows at him, but could never pierce his heart, till at length he put himself into the bow, and darted himself straight into his breast" (pg.94). A needed book to purchase, to thwart your attention to heavenly things, and have the flame of our soul kindled afresh by the pious expressions of this man, who died at a relatively young age of twenty-eight years. A pearl of great price not to be trampled under feet by carelessness and flippancy. Every page contains gems of truth, meat for the soul, and sentiments to fill our minds with heavenly thoughts in our meditations. This book is Heaven-scented; may it bless any and everyone who picks it up to read it.
Having purchased this book via the kindle store, I decided to also obtain a paper copy from Amazon. This is one to read and re-read on at least an annual basis. Highly recommended.
A quote by George Whitfield in the preface: "How did my heart rise and shudder like a poor man that is afraid to look into his ledger lest he should find himself a bankrupt. 'Shall I burn this book? Shall I throw it down? or shall I search it?' I did search it; and, holding the book in my hand, thus addressed the God of heaven and earth: 'Lord, if I am not a Christian, for Jesus Christ's sake show me what Christianity is, that I may not be damned at last.' I read a little further, and discovered that they who know anything of religion know it is a vital union with the Son of God -- Christ formed in the heart. O what a ray of divine life did then break in upon my soul!"
Reading this book terrified me because I had to ask "Now that I know these things, what shall I do?". And that began the process where the Lord ripped me open down to the very essence of my nature and furiously broke into my existence.
Thank God for His Son and the relationship They have with each other. Feel free to write; I would love to discuss further.