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The Secret Key to Heaven: The Vital Importance of Private Prayer (Puritan Paperbacks) Paperback – March 30, 2006
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The Secret Key to Heaven
The power of religion and godliness lives, thrives, or dies, as closet prayer lives, thrives, or dies.’ This was the deeply held conviction of Thomas Brooks, the author of The Secret Key to Heaven. As a pastor who knew his people well, he feared that many Christians do not understand the necessity, excellency, and usefulness of private prayer, and that many live ‘too great a neglect of this indispensable duty.’ Focusing on our Lord’s words about ‘closet-prayer’ in Matthew 6:6, Brooks gives us a masterful treatment of a vitally important aspect of Christian’s living. His aim is intensely practical, ‘to preserve and keep up the power of religion and godliness both in men’s houses, hearts, and lives.’
|Heaven on Earth by Thomas Brooks||Smooth Stones taken from Ancient Brooks by Thomas Brooks||The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes|
|Topic||Spiritual Growth, Theology, Salvation, Assurance||Spiritual Growth, Encouragement, Devotional||Spiritual Growth, Encouragement, Salvation, Assurance|
|Series||Puritan Paperbacks||Puritan Paperbacks||Puritan Paperbacks|
|Original Pub Date||1654||1885||1630|
Little is known about Thomas Brooks as a man, other than can be ascertained from his many writings. Born, probably of well-to-do parents, in 1608, Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1625. He was licensed as a preacher of the gospel by 1640 at the latest. Before that date he seems to have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet. After the Civil War, Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle's, London, and was sufficiently renowned to be chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on 26 December, 1648. Three or four years later he moved to St Margaret's, Fish-street Hill, London, but encountered considerable opposition as he refused baptism and the Lord's Supper to those clearly unworthy of such privileges. The following years were filled with written as well as spoken ministry. In 1662 he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and to have preached the Word as opportunity offered.
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- Publisher : Banner of Truth (March 30, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0851519245
- ISBN-13 : 978-0851519241
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.8 x 0.67 x 7.17 inches
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Update: on second thought I’ll give it three stars as it is certainly a “call” to prayer, which is what it’s title says it is, though I was mistakenly expecting more of a how-to guide.