- Hardcover: 3667 pages
- Publisher: Banner of Truth; 1st edition (June 1, 1968)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851510604
- ISBN-13: 978-0851510606
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 9.5 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Works of John Flavel (6 Vol. Set) 1st Edition
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About the Author
The eldest son of the Rev. Richard Flavel, John Flavel was born at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, about 1628, and thus spent his childhood in the stormy years which led up to the Civil War in 1642. Following the defeat of the Royalist cause he plied his studies hard as a commoner at University College, Oxford, and then, in 1650, entered the ministry to share in that sunny decade of spiritual reaping which preceded the restoration of Charles II.
Flavel's life and work was carried on in the county of Devon, first in the country parish of Diptford and from 1656 in the thriving sea-port of Dartmouth. Through the last years of the Protectorate and until that August day in 1662 when about 120 ministers in Devon and approaching 1,800 in England as a whole were turned out of their livings for failing to comply with the terms of the Act of Uniformity, Flavel preached every week at Townstall, the mother-church which stood on the hill outside the town, and fortnightly at the Wednesday Lecture in Dartmouth.
Thereafter he took his place in the suffering ranks of the nonconformists and had a full share of the persecution which with greater or less intensity, and short intermissions, was to continue until James II fled the country in 1688. The repressive legislation which followed 1662, while it broke the evangelical ministry of England in a public sense, scattered Gospel light into new areas and led not infrequently to the use of strange pulpits. We hear of Flavel preaching at midnight in the great hall of a house at South Molton; on another occasion in a wood three miles from Exeter; and the most colourful site of all (though it could not have been a comfortable one) at Saltstone Rock, an island in the Salcombe Estuary which is submerged at high tide. But wherever Flavel was forced to wander he was never far from Dartmouth: O that there were not a prayerless family in this town! was one of many petitions he offered for Dartmouth.
Taking advantage of the Indulgence given by Charles II in 1672 (for which he and 163 of his congregation wrote an address of thanks to the King) Flavel obtained licence for a Nonconformist meeting-house in the town, and, when this was withdrawn, he stayed at his post until the summer of 1682 when his person was in such danger that he took ship to London on July 10
In London Flavel joined the congregation of his friend William Jenkyn and narrowly escaped arrest when the latter was seized in September 1684. Declining an invitation to succeed Jenkyn, Flavel again returned to Dartmouth where that same year he was burned in effigy by a mob and, despite all hazards, maintained a ministry among his scattered flock until that November day in 1688 when the bells of Exeter, Plymouth, and no doubt of Dartmouth also, rang to welcome the coming of William of Orange an event which led quickly to the flight of James II.
By the time of this Glorious Revolution Flavel's work was approaching its end. Speaking for his fellow-ministers he wrote, We have long borne the burden and heat of the day; we are veteran soldiers almost worn out. While visiting Exeter in order to preach he died suddenly of a massive stroke on June 26, 1691, in his 64th year.
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Among the collected works in this set is the seminal title, "Preparations For Suffering". And I believe every Christian should read this particular piece. It should be required reading because it speaks to the heart of the reality that Jesus taught, that true Christians may very well be thrust into a hostile environment and should be prepared to undergo the tribulations of such things.
But, too, suffering is not always at the hands of another. Oftentimes, life itself, the circumstances into which we are born, will present challenges through which we will suffer. Whether internal or from external sources, suffering should not be seen as something we must avoid...not in every case.
If more pastors and preachers taught with the wisdom and understanding of these earlier faithful servants in Christ, there surely would be less confusion about what Christianity really is supposed to embody for the believer. As it is, we have the Brian McLarens, Tony Campolos, Leonard Sweets and others who are currently attempting to upend what it is to be a true Christian, even claiming we have it all wrong because of our Greco-Roman way of thinking. Such "Conversations" only serve to further destroy the heart and soul of the Faith, that we are sinners unworthy of redemption except for the saving grace and blood of Christ.
If you love the "happy, shiny Jesus" kind of preaching you're getting at church today, you won't like these works. They're hard, they challenge, they reveal that absolute truth can be known, that Jesus can be known - and understood through the context of the Scriptures. Volumes such as Flavel's, Henry's and others, such as Whitefield, Mahan, Edwards, et al, will always serve the growing believer and bolster their faith in a loving God who brooks no rebellion, but forgives all rebellion in the contrite and humble heart of the sinner who comes to believe in and welcome into their lives the God of all Creation, Christ Jesus: Messiah, Saviour and Lord of Lords, King of kings and the only true Prince of Peace.
With regards to Kindle. Yes the book has an active table of contents but that's it. Once in a chapter you cannot jump to the next or previous chapter - you have to page through.
But it would be great loss to pass over this writer (John Flavel) just because the Kindle is not top class - to content of the book is well above top class and you will find any diamonds and blessings in taking the trouble to read it. Highly recommended.