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Editorial Reviews


“The editors of this volume have worked hard to make Owen’s unrivalled insight into the Christian’s inner war with sin accessible to all, and the result is truly a godsend.”
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

“To read Owen is to mine spiritual gold. Unfortunately, as in mining, reading Owen is hard work. Now, Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor have made Owen’s work accessible to modern readers while still retaining his unique writing style.”
Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness

“With brilliant editorial efforts and insightful introductions by Kapic and Taylor, John Owen’s magnificent treatises on sin and sanctification have been made available for a new generation.”
David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University

“Sin is tenacious, but by God’s grace we can hate it and hunt it. John Owen provides the master guide for the sin-hunter. Kapic and Taylor bring together three of Owen’s classics, clarifying them in simple ways—but all the substance, the careful, hounding arguments are still there.”
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks

“John Owen understood how the gospel makes us well. Three cheers for Kapic and Taylor for introducing a new generation to Owen’s peerless works.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas

“John Owen is a spiritual surgeon with the rare skill to cut away the cancer of sin and bring gospel healing to the sinner’s soul. Apart from the Bible, I have found his writings to be the best books ever written to help me stop sinning the same old sins.”
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

“John Owen’s wisdom is the missing link in our culture’s confusion about sexual sin. Kapic and Taylor’s matchless edition renders transparent the practical theology of one of the great Puritan thinkers, bringing Owen to accessible light without sacrificing theological integrity. I consistently use this book in women’s studies and one-on-one discipling and counseling, especially with women who struggle with unwanted lesbian desires and pornography. Understanding that indwelling sin manipulates believers and how to deal with this is, sadly, the best kept secret in contemporary evangelical discourse on sin. Understanding sin rightly allows believers to glorify God with rugged love, as Owen shows us that repentance of sin is itself the threshold to our merciful God. Every believer should read this book.”
Rosaria Butterfield, former tenured Professor of English at Syracuse University; author, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert; mother, pastor’s wife, and speaker

“No writer has taught me more about the dynamics of the heart and the deceitfulness of sin than John Owen. Read this book carefully; it will help you understand your heart and experience God’s grace.”
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

About the Author

Known as the "theologian's theologian," JOHN OWEN (1616–1683) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active of the Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe, he was an erudite and accomplished theologian both in doctrine and practical theology.

Kelly M. Kapic is professor of biblical and theological studies at Covenant College in Georgia. Kapic and his wife have two children.

Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds—hosted by the Gospel Coalition.

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (September 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581346492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581346497
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Owen has been a stern, difficult, challenging teacher, but a much needed one for my life. Several years ago I purchased Volume 6 in the Banner of Truth edition of the Works of John Owen, "Sin and Temptation." This volume is weighty in content and thought. But Owen, unlike anyone else I had ever read, was able to address the issues of sin and temptation in my life like no other writer has been able to do.

Numerous theologians and scholars whom I respect hold Owen in high esteem. I believe their estimation of Owen's worth is correct.

Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic have done a marvelous service to Christians and the world in general with their updated edition of three of John Owen's works on sin and temptation. Overcoming Sin and Temptation includes three of his works: "Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers," "Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It," and "Indwelling Sin." The only work not included in this volume that appears in the Banner of Truth volume is "A Practical Exposition of Psalm 130." Perhaps Taylor and Kapic will tackle that project next.

Taylor and Kapic's work is significant for at least five reasons.

1. They have provided us with an unabridged but updated text. Spelling is modernized and Americanized, mistakes from previous editions are corrected, and archaic words are updated.

2. The work is footnoted to define essential and difficult words. This will help the reader with comprehension.

3. All the Greek, Hebrew, and Latin words and phrases and transliterated and translated for the reader. A great example of this is on page 48 where the reader who has no knowledge of Greek will be greatly helped in the discussion with the transliterations and translations.

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I recently spent five grueling hours (grueling for a hopelessly out of shape bookworm) climbing a steep, winding mountain trail. Why? That was the only way I could see the view from the top of Mount LeConte. There were no shortcuts; I just had to put in a lot of hard work. But once I completed my quest and saw the view, I would have spent double the effort if necessary: what I saw was THAT spectacular.

The same can be said of reading the great Puritan theologian John Owen. It is HARD work, and a lot of it. So facing a 466 page anthology containing his 3 books on sin seemed more daunting than climbing LeConte, but I am pleased to report that the view is even more spectacular: it is life-changing.

This anthology, put together by Justin Taylor & Kelly Kapic, is not an abridgement: aside from some spelling updates and a few footnotes you've got the original manuscripts. There is an excellent introduction to Owen and his thought, as well as overviews of each of the three books. In the back are extremely detailed outlines of each book, as well as several indexes and a glossary of antiquated words (there are plenty of words Owen uses that will make you scratch your head so you will find yourself frequently consulting it!).

As stated before, this is an anthology of three different works by Owen. The first is his famous Mortification of Sin. I had read and reviewed an abridged version earlier this year, so I was interested in seeing how I would fare reading the original. Strangely, I actually like the original language better, it seemed more piercing and powerful.

The second book, Of Temptation, concerns itself on the nature and danger of temptation, and our duty against temptation and how to accomplish it.
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you want all of your heart to be fully examined for every sin, small and great. Don't read this book unless you want your heart to be dissected and analyzed and provoked and prodded and convicted and ultimately broken. I don't want to write a detailed review of the book - I'll leave that for better men. My desire here is to communicate with you the affect this book could have on your life by sharing some of what it has done in me. My own heart has been devastated as I've read and reread the pages of this book. My eyes have been more fully opened to see that I am a proud man cloaked in false humility and shrewd self-promotion - and I am sadly proud that I know this about myself and am able to "humbly" share it with you. I must tell you that I love to rob God of His glory and assume it for myself as I take credit for the fruit of His work in my life. I love to set myself up over others in my heart and create new rules for myself or simply dismiss certain rules/laws as not applying to someone like myself. I think I'm better than YOU. I could go on but I suppose here I will just conclude with telling you that I love myself. I think very highly of myself. And I think everyone else should too.

God (and John Owen) will have none of that. And my sin-sick heart could not deceive such a man as Owen and I could no longer deceive myself as I read his book. I am proud sinner in need of much humility and God's mercy to help me mortify my flesh. God has graciously given Owen much insight into the heart and its cure through mortification in the life of the believer. He has used this book to start opening my blinded eyes and God is using it to work His character into me as He graciously helps me to mortify my flesh.

This is a must-read for anyone who does not want to be self-deceived, who wants to know their own heart, who want to see themself honestly, humbly, as God (and probably many others) sees them and then to mortify those sins that have captivated their heart.
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