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The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: Selected Treatises Hardcover – Abridged, October 1, 2010
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Richard Baxter (1615-1691) was one of the preeminent Puritan leaders of his day, the most successful Puritan pastor, and the most productive Puritan writer. Ordained at 23, he spent 17 fruitful years as curate at Kidderminster, England. He was ejected from the Church of England by the Act of Uniformity in 1662 and was imprisoned at least three times for his preaching. The author of more than 150 published treatises including "The Reformed Pastor, The Godly Home," and the politically controversial" A Holy Commonwealth," his practical works were the most popular.
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The only significant caution to bear in mind is that Baxter is unsound on the doctrine of justification. He was opposed on this front by his contemporaries, but they were also quick to affirm his pastoral heart and the overall biblical faithfulness, usefulness, and value of the rest of his writing.
Baxter asserts: "If family religion were duly attended to and properly discharged, I think the preaching of the Word would not be the common instrument of conversion."
He wrote 168 or so separate works including such treatises as the Christian Directory, the Methodus Theologiae Christianae, and the Catholic Theology, might each have represented the life's work of an ordinary man. Herein is one of the most comprehensive compilation as an abridgment of Baxter's 23-volume work of specific sermons and theses that include:
- A Call to the Unconverted
- The Saints' Everlasting Rest
- Now or Never
- The Divine Life
- A Treatise of Conversion
- Directions and Persuasions to a Sound Conversion
- Directions for Weak Distempered Christians
- The Character of a Sound, Confirmed Christian
- The Mischiefs of Self-Ignorance and the Benefits of Self-Acquaintance
- and more!
Baxter writes: "Dangers bring fears, and fears more dangers bring."
Puritan expert Packer opines: "The most outstanding pastor, evangelist and writer on practical and devotional themes that Puritanism produced."
Baxter adds: "The churchyard is the market place where all things are rated at their true value, and those who are approaching it talk of the world and its vanities with a wisdom unknown before. "
This volume from a major Puritan is an outstanding resource for both the minister and the family.