“Burroughs, being a wise pastor, works the teaching of contentment into every possible nook and cranny in the Christian life. It requires diligent application if we are to say with Paul that we have learned the secret of being content in all circumstances.” ~ from Nancy Wilson's Introduction
Jeremiah Burroughs reminds us that peace and calm in the midst of great troubles is a requirement for a Christian, and that learning contentment is the ABCs of the Christian life. But contentment does not come naturally. We excuse our stress, anxiety, and discouragement by claiming that we are just planning for the future and reacting normally to trials. But in this Puritan classic, Burroughs presents readers with the high calling to be content whatever the circumstances: “Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal.”
“The devil loves to fish in troubled waters.” ~Jeremiah Burroughs
THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE SERIES: The authors in the Christian Heritage Series paid a high price for the words you see before you. Not all paid with blood, but each spent his life fighting for the truth. This faithful sacrifice has become a rich inheritance for the Church in our day, even though it is often neglected. The Christian Heritage Series aims to put these important theological classics on every Christian’s bookshelf in colorful, well-crafted, and affordable volumes, with introductions written by those that love the books and their heritage.
AUTHOR: Jeremiah Burroughs
INTRODUCTION: Nancy Wilson
PAGE COUNT: 325 pages
PUB. DATE: May 25, 2020 (first published in 1645)
I hadn't realized what a treasure contentment is before beginning to read this book, and I had no idea how terribly I needed it. I thought I was a fairly content person, albeit struggling with "a tiny bit" of complaining and anxiety (turns out, a little of that goes a long way). This book has taught me that a lot of my so-called contentment was superficial. That's great, because the real contentment I'm learning now is not just sweeter itself, it sweetens everything else!
Also, this is definitely a good quality paperback. The writing style is detailed but not dense.
This is a great book. Exceeded expectations in its clear language and practical application. As with all the books in the series, the book itself is a well-made, highly readable edition.
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
As a young, healthy and active man, I can say: I love the idea of marriage. I am a man who wants a wife, badly. I have spent the better part of two years embittered by God's providence. Relationship after relationship, I am bitter. Month after month, I am bitter. Prayer after prayer, I am bitter. When marriage seemed to me as bleak as an arctic gust over an icy cliff, this book flew into my lap. And, I must say, there has been no cooler stream of water upon my steaming, embittered heart. Like a young pup who must wait for the motion of it's Master's hand, this book has taught me how to sit. This book, rare indeed, is an object of worth. I have treasured every page.
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