- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: The Banner of Truth Trust; 1st Edition Thus. edition (December 1, 1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851510914
- ISBN-13: 978-0851510910
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'J. I. Packer says that the Puritans are the theological and devotional Redwoods of the western world.1 My own experience is that no one comes close to the skill they have in taking the razor-like scalpel of Scripture, and lancing the boils of my corruption, cutting out the cancers of my God-belittling habits of mind, and amputating the limbs of my disobedience. They are simply in a class by themselves.' --John Piper
About the Author
Jeremiah Burroughs combined harmoniously in his own person what might be considered incompatible qualities: a fervent zeal for purity of doctrine and worship, and a peaceable spirit, which longed and laboured for Christian unity.
For the first of these qualities the Puritans are renowned; in the second, they are deemed by some critics to have been deficient. A close study of the problem suggests that, as a whole, the Puritans were no more and no less concerned about the visible unity of the Church than is the Word of God. But in the case of Burroughs, certainly, we are faced with a man who, among his contemporaries and colleagues, was recognized as outstanding for his conciliatory temper and efforts. The often-quoted opinion of Richard Baxter was that if all the Episcopalians had been like Archbishop Ussher, all the Presbyterians like Stephen Marshall, and all the Independents like Jeremiah Burroughs, then the breaches of the Church would soon have been healed.
Of Burroughs himself, it was said that his heart was broken by the divisions among the Puritan reformers in the 1640's and that this contributed to his premature death at the age of forty-seven.
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Please note - this is not a comment on the work itself. I will be returning this, and have found another more reliable source where I can actually get a good edition of this for a very similar price. Save yourselves the time and trouble; look carefully before you leap.
Contentment does not come easily in today’s culture. With such a focus on more, bigger, better it is easy to get sucked into this and seek to gain and accumulate all we can. Burroughs does an excellent job of defining contentment and expanding the readers views of it as well as how it is formed in our lives.
I especially like Burroughs view he takes throughout the book that we are pilgrims and soldiers in this world. It brings a much needed perspective to contentment. As aliens and strangers in this world we can be content in all things knowing this is not our home but we are here for a season and for a purpose ordained by God. Likewise we are not just pilgrims but soldiers who have “landed in enemy occupied territory” as C.S Lewis describes. I believe, it is this view that is of central importance to our understanding of contentment. With this reframed perspective we can echo the words of Paul in Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
The book is comprised of 8 chapters as follows:
Christian contentment described
The Mystery of Contentment
How Christ Teaches Contentment
The Excellence of Contentment
The Evils of a Murmuring Spirit
Aggravations of the Sin of Murmuring
The Excuses of a Murmuring Heart
How to Attain Contentment
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