The Temple

(8 reviews)

George Herbert

Book details

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: George Herbert


PAGE COUNT: 248 pages

SIZE: 5.5x8.5"

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN-10: 1947644327

ISBN-13: 9781947644328

PUB. DATE: February 25, 2020 (first published in 1633)

"Herbert loved crafting language in new and powerful ways. It was for him a way of seeing and savoring and showing the wonders of Christ. The central theme of his poetry was the redeeming love of Christ, and he labored with all his literary might to see it clearly, feel it deeply, and show it strikingly. We don’t have a single sermon that he ever preached.... What we have is his poetry. And here the beauty of the subject is wedded to the beauty of his craft." ~ John Piper, Introduction

Look Inside the Book

Although George Herbert was a pastor of a small remote church in Elizabethan England, he came to fame because of a small collection of poems called The Temple. In this short but beautiful collection of poetry, Herbert devised 116 new poetic forms to capture his experiences of awe, sorrow, glory, turmoil, repentance, and heart-rending joy, all of it dedicated to God, not man.

In this book, we have a picture of the full range of human experience and emotion, felt by a man being sanctified by God and describing it with all his poetic powers.

"Sir, I pray deliver this little book to my dear brother ... and tell him he shall find in it a picture of the many spiritual conflicts that have passed betwixt God and my soul, before I could subject mine to the will of Jesus my Master, in whose service I have now found perfect freedom; desire him to read it: and then, if he can think it may turn to the advantage of any dejected poor soul, let it be made public; if not, let him burn it; for I and it are less than the least of God’s mercies." ~ George Herbert

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Dylan H.

The Temple

Ransom M.

The Temple

Jared D.
Poetry for the Average Reader

I've never sought out poetry for my own reading pleasure, but there is a way in which Herbert bends words to his will that seems to put the characteristics of Christ that leave you speechless into simple terms. It's magic!

Andrew J.L.

The Temple: Introduction by John Piper

Jacob F.
Great book! Loved this edition of this very important work!

Canon Press has republished a very important work that is sadly only appreciated by few. May this edition speak to a whole new generation of Christian readers!

John M.

The Temple: Introduction by John Piper

Daniel R.
What a pleasure

These poems are lovely and life changing. So glad to enjoy this collection with its earnest introduction by John Piper.

David D.

The Temple: Introduction by John Piper

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