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Spiritual-Mindedness (Puritan Paperbacks) Paperback – Abridged, April 1, 2009
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'The whole volume is a feast for the soul!' --Brian Garrard
About the Author
John Owen was born in 1616 in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire and died in Ealing, West London, in 1683. During his sixty-seven years he lived out a life full of spiritual experience, literary accomplishment, and national influence so beyond most of his peers that he continues to merit the accolade of 'the greatest British theologian of all time.'
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"Every one of us lives in either one of these states," Owens writes at the beginning of this marvelous treatise. "There is no middle state" (2). And with his usual rigor, he gives us a thorough examination of Romans 8:6 before going on to first show how "spiritual mindedness cannot flourish and grow if the heart is immersed in the evil swamps of worldliness" and then spending the rest of the book sharpening our focus on "the highest standard of spiritual mindedness" (5).
All previous readers of Owen know that time spent with this great old Puritan is time well spent indeed, for each of his exhortations for the persevering Christian comes with a plethora of Scriptural and experiential insight, as when he writes, "Don't think that this spiritual mind in which there is a willingness and readiness to think of God, of Christ, and of spiritual and heavenly things at all times and in all circumstances, will continue to be with you if you neglect it" (122). There follows then advice on "what is required to make us spiritually minded" and encouragements along the way, including "all means which the Holy Spirit uses ... [to] draw water from the wells of salvation" (178).
The summum bonum of spiritual-mindedness, Owens tells us, is that it "produces life and peace by keeping alive a continual awareness that God loves us," a high privilege indeed, and one that those seeking the assurance of salvation yearn for.
I have never found Owen particularly easy to read, but the effort is well worth it. Essentially at every turn of the page there is practical, convicting, and deep insight. The book is an examination of Romans 8:6.