Spiritual-Mindedness (Puritan Paperbacks) Paperback – Abridged, April 1, 2009
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Thomas Chalmers wrote that Owen’s book on Spiritual-Mindedness holds ‘a distinguished rank among the voluminous writings of this celebrated author’. For him three features made it very special:
-The force with which it applies truth to the conscience. -The way Owen plumbs the depths of Christian experience as a skillful physician of the soul. -The uncovering of the secrets of the mind and heart so that the true spiritual state of the reader is discovered.
This book began life as a collection of meditations on Romans 8:6, which were written for the author’s own benefit during a time of illness. Alarmed by the subtle power the world exercises over the mind, Owen shows us how to really live by raising our thoughts above all earthly objects and setting them on ‘things above, where Christ is’ (Col. 3:1)
|Communion with God by John Owen||The Glory of Christ by John Owen||Indwelling Sin in Believers by John Owen|
|Topic||Spiritual Growth, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit||Spiritual Growth, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit||Spiritual Growth, Man & Sin|
|Series||Puritan Paperbacks||Puritan Paperbacks||Puritan Paperbacks|
|Original Pub Date||1657||1684||1667|
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.'
Despite his other achievements, Owen is best famed for his writings. These cover the range of doctrinal, ecclesiastical and practical subjects. They are characterized by profundity, thoroughness and, consequently, authority. Andrew Thomson said that Owen 'makes you feel when he has reached the end of his subject, that he has also exhausted it.' Although many of his works were called forth by the particular needs of his own day they all have a uniform quality of timelessness. The Banner of Truth Trust has reprinted his Works in twenty-three volumes.
About the Author
- Publisher : Banner of Truth; Abridged edition (April 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 258 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1848710364
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848710368
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.7 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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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.
Top reviews from other countries
It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read!!
And makes me think I missed a lot in mortification of sin and indwelling sin in believers that I’m going to go straight back and re read those again,
It’s so encouraging aswell to read and have confirmation of gods spirit at work in you in so many ways from so many expositions that are given within this book while it also contains much that will challenge you and is very sobering!!
Everyone really should read this it’s timeless and profound and can only serve to help us to grow and for our faith to be stretched in our walk with Christ by his spirit.