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Voices From The Past - Puritan Devotional Readings Hardcover – December 1, 2009
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1. CHARACTER. The uniqueness and the excellence of the Puritan writings is that they are BOTH doctrinal and experimental. They are doctrinally rich yet also touch the heart and tender to the soul. In short, their writings are pastoral - always engaging the bruised, struggling, and fragile saints, to bind them up in the Lord's love. In this book, you will consistently see that. You will be revived, restored, and drawn to your Savior with more fervency, joy, and confidence.
2. CONTENT. The book covers various topics of Christian life, some of the them are: Affliction, Comfort, Christ (and His love), Blessings, Contentment, Death, Battle with sin, self, and Satan, Faith, Repentance, Prayer, Glory of God, Happiness, Holiness, Humility, Obedience, Promises, Providence, Salvation, Suffering, Temptation, and will of God. All these topics are the concerns of every believer, and now you will hear what the Puritans have said about them and you will find deep wisdom and call to trust in God's love and grace.
3. AUTHORS. The book covers various Puritans (about 23 authors), among them: Richard Baxter, Thomas Brooks, William Cooper, Jonathan Edwards, John Flavel, Thomas Manton, John Owen, Richard Sibbes, and Thomas Watson. These are amazing list of Puritans.
4. PHYSICAL MAKE UP OF THE BOOK. The book is handsomely bound in hardcover. It is Smyth-sewn (stitched and not glued) so it will last a long time. Pages are strong and prints are clear and dark. Dust Jacket is glossy and beautiful.
All in all, I love the book!!! Highly recommended!
The format of the book is a one-page-per-day reading (around 300-350 words per day), like Faith's Checkbook by Charles Spurgeon. Each of the articles are taken directly from the work of a particular Puritan author. Sometimes they are re-worded, shortened, or made more understandable, in order to give the reader a good reflection for the day. Other times, the reading for the day is a more exact copy of what they wrote. If the reader pays careful attention, they'll be able to see various themes that the reflections focus upon, over a number of days.
There are citations at the bottom of each page, so that the reader can have a reference as to where this particular reflection comes from, unlike The Valley of Vision (though this prayer book is a must-read for all, in my opinion).
I give it five-stars because of its clarity, accessibility, relevancy, and integrity.
And, no shallow "interpretations" of anecdotal chicken-soup stories at the end of each passage. JUST the passage and the Bible verse. I don't need modern writers to interpret the passages for me or put them in context. This stuff is pure gold.