This is a book from a bygone age that is bang up–to-date. The puritan writer, John Owen, deals with the subject of how to avoid being worldly and instead be spiritually-minded.
This book was originally published in 1681, but this is an abridged and simplified version with modern day illustrations, direct language, and simple sentence structure. It was written as a series of meditations on Romans 8:6 during a time of illness when Owen became alarmed at the subtle power the world exercised over his mind.
The author shows a pastor’s touch as he challenges us to examine our deepest motives and desires. He defines spiritual-mindedness, gives us the evidence of spiritual-mindedness, and then outlines how to cultivate heavenly thoughts and meditate on them.
As you read this book you will find your own thought life put under the microscope. You will find yourself asking: “What do I spend most of my time thinking about?” and “How real is my faith?”
Worldliness is a great problem in today’s society, and few Christians are untouched by it. Therefore this is a book which will benefit anyone who reads it. A classic.
This review was first published on GoodBookReviews.org.uk. The site has been closed as of March 2019.
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