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A Treatise on Earthly-Mindedness Hardcover – September 1, 1997
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In this important work, Burroughs shows from Scripture the great sin of thinking as the world thinks rather than thinking God's thoughts after Him. Then, realizing that right conduct is the result of right thinking, Burroughs gives us another gem in the second treatise offered here, A Heavenly Conversation, or Walk with God.The Puritans rightly discerned the relationship between a person's doctrine and their walk before God and fellow man. May the Lord use these sermons to give us the same kind of discernment in our day. May we learn to think biblically, and then may we begin to act accordingly. Author Jeremiah Burroughs was a prolific writer, highly esteemed by Puritan leaders of his day, some of whom published his writings after his death. Nearly all of his books are compilations of sermons.
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This is a difficult read for me because, unless compelled to by reading something of this nature, I neither think or speak in olde English. The grammar & structure (verbose in my view) of this form of the English language is for me very different from modern American English. It slows my reading significantly as I'm forced to be actively, continuously engaged with every word (not a bad thing) if I'm to have any take-aways from the content. This is not the writer's fault as the author is of a different time & very different culture from my own moment in history.
Despite these obstacles for the modern reader not well versed in non-modern versions of his or her native tongue, the content, a treatment of what Scripture describes as 'earthly-mindedness', renders the effort to read & comprehend the analysis well worth the discipline required as this work is a serious, deeply caring pastoral challenge & call to the Christian reader to ponder his or her priorities.
This book is different from most books written today. It is serious, yet at the same time it is a joyful book to read. It is filled with nuggets of spiritual wisdom.