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Letters of Samuel Rutherford

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5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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Look Inside Price £5.00
Weight 0.21 kg
Dimensions 18.1 x 12.1 x 1.3 cm
topic

Spiritual Growth, Life Issues, Encouragement

format

Book

Original Pub Date

1664

Banner Pub Date

May 1, 1973

binding

Paperback

page-count

208

series

Puritan Paperbacks

Recent Pub Date Year

1973

isbn

9780851511634

Endorsements

‘The nearest thing to inspiration which can be found in all the writings of mere man.’ — C.H. SPURGEON

‘When we are dead and gone let the world know that Spurgeon held Rutherford’s Letters to be the nearest thing to inspiration which can be found in all the writings of mere men.’ — C.H. SPURGEON

‘Surprising though it may seem in a world of large books, of all those owned by our family this may be the one we have most often lent or quoted to friends.’ — SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON

Apart form the Bible, ‘such a book as Mr. Rutherford’s Letters the world never saw the like.’ — RICHARD BAXTER

Book Description

Like John Bunyan in Bedford gaol, Samuel Rutherford did his best work while suffering imprisonment for the gospel.

His opponents had meant to silence him but instead they perpetuated his ministry through the centuries for it was out of this period that most of his famous Letters came.  Addressed to high and low they were so prized by the recipients that the first collection by Robert McWard appeared in 1664 just three years after Rutherford’s death. the successive editions contained more letters until they grew to the 365 in Andrew Bonar’s classic edition.

From this, ‘the most remarkable series of devotional letters that the literature of the Reformed churches can show’, the great leaders in the Church as well as the humblest Christians have drawn strength. It is said of Robert Murray M’Cheyne that ‘the Letters of Samuel Rutherford were often in his hand.’ This abridged edition contains sixty-nine of these letters.

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1 TO A CHRISTIAN GENTLEWOMAN 13
  [On the death of a daughter]  
2 TO MARION M’NAUGHT16  
  Submission, perseverance and zeal recommended  
3 TO LADY KENMURE 18
  God’s inexplicable dealings with his people well-ordered  
4 TO MARION M’NAUGH 20
  [In prospect of the Lord’s Supper]  
5 TO MARION M’NAUGHT 22
  The threatened introduction of the Service-Book  
6 TO JOHN KENNEDY 25
  Deliverance from shipwreck  
7 TO LADY KENMURE 29
  A union for prayer recommended  
8 TO LADY KENMURE 31
  [On the death of Lord Kenmure)  
9 TO MARION M’NAUGHT 33
  The prospect of exile in Aberdeen  
10 TO LADY KENMURE 34
  [On the eve of banishment to Aberdeen)  
11 TO LADY CULROSS 37
  [On the occasion of banishment to Aberdeen)  
12 TO ROBERT CUNNINGHAM 39
  Consolation to a brother in tribulation  
13 TO ALEXANDER GORDON 42
  Rutherford’s feeling upon leaving Anworth  
14 TO LADY KENMURE 43
  Rutherford’s enjoyment of Christ in Aberdeen  
15 TO HUGH M’KAIL 49
  Christ to be trusted amid trial  
16 TO MARION M’NAUGHT 47
  Comfort under tribulations  
17 TO JOHN GORDON, ELDER 48
  Will Christ at all hazards  
18 TO ROBERT BLAIR 52
  God’s arrangements sometimes mysterious  
19 TO ROBERT GORDON 55
  Visits of Christ  
20 TO LADY KENMURE 58
  None worthy but Christ  
21 TO DAVID DICKSON 59
  God’s dealings  
22 TO ALEXANDER HENDERSON 61
  Sadness because Christ’s Headship not set forth  
23 TO JOHN GORDON, YOUNGER 63
  Reasons for being earnest about the soul  
24 TO MARION M’NAUGHT 65
  Adherence to duty amidst opposition  
25 TO WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE 66
  Counsel to a youth  
26 TO THB LAIRD OF CARLETON 67
  Increasing sense of Christ’s love  
27 TO JOHN FLEMING 70
  Directions for Christian conduct  
28 TO LADY BOYD 73
  Lessons learned in the school of adversity  
29 TO JOHN STUART 76
  Commercial misfortunes  
30 TO DAVID DICKSON 81
  Christ’s infinite fulness  
31 TO JOHN CLARK 83
  Marks of difference between Christians and  
32 TO EARLSTON, YOUNGER 84
  Dangers of youth  
33 TO WILLIAM DALGLEISH 90
  Fragrance of the ministry  
34 TO JOHN STUART 94
  Hope for Scotland  
35 TO EARLSTOH, YOUNGER 97
  Sufferings  
36 TO WILLIAM GORDON 101
  Testimony to Christ’s worth  
37 TO JOHN HENDERSON 104
  Practical hints  
38 TO ALEXANDER COLVILL 105
  Regrets for being silenced in ministry  
39 TO JAMES HAMILTON 106
  Suffering for Christ’s Headship  
40 TO PARISHIONERS OF ANWOTH 109
  Protestation of care for their souls and for the glory of God  
41 TO LADY KILCONQUHAR 118
  The interests of the soul most urgent  
42 TO LORD CRAIGHALL 123
  Standing for Christ  
43 TO HUGH M’KAIL 126
  The Law  
44 TO FULK ELLIS 128
  Friends in Ireland  
45 TO JAMBS LINDSAY 131
  Desertions and their use  
46 TO JAMBS HAMILTON 135
  Christ’s glory not affected by his people’s weakness  
47 TO LADY GAIT GIRTH 137
  Christ all example in Cross-bearing  
48 TO MARION M’NAUGHT 139
  Prospects of his ministry  
49 TO JAMES BAUTIE 140
  Spiritual difficulties resolved  
50 TO THOMAS CORBET 147
  Godly counsels  
51 TO WILLIAM GLENDINNING 148
  Sweetness of trial  
52 TO MARION M’NAUGHT 150
  A Spring-tide of Christ’s love  
53 TO JOHN GORDON 152
  Heaven hard to be won  
54 TO PARISHIONERS OF KILMALCOLM 155
  Spiritual sloth  
55 TO ALEXANDER LEIGHTON 163
  Christs’ prisoner in bonds at London  
56 TO JAMES WILSON 166
  Advices to a doubting soul  
57 TO DAVID DICKSON 171
  [On the death of a son]  
58 TO LADY BOYD 173
  Proceedings of tile Westminster Assembly  
59 TO LADY KENMURE 175
  Westminster Assembly Religious sects  
60 TO J.G. 176
  Depression in a cloudy day  
55 TO WILLIAM GUTHRIE 178
  Depression under dark trials  
56 TO LADY RALSTON 179
  Duty of preferring to live rather than die  
63 TO LADY KENMURE 183
  Trials  
64 TO JAMES DURHAM 185
  [On his deathbed]  
65 TO JAMES GUTHRIE, ROBERT TRAILL and other brethren imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle 186
  On suffering for Christ  
66 TO MISTRESS CRAIG 188
  [On the death of her son]  
67 TO JAMES GUTHRIE 190
  Steadfastness under persecution  
68 TO ROBERT CAMPBELL 192
  Steadfastness in protest against prelacy and popery  
69 TO BRETHERN IN ABERDEEN” 194
  Sinful conformity and schismatic designs reproved  
  BRIEF NOTES ON RUTHERFORD’S CORRESPONDENTS 199
  AN OUTLINE OF RUTHERFORD’S LIFE 205

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    If I could read nothing else, besides the word of God, I would forevermore only read Samuel Rutherford’s Letters. They alone have done more to encourage me to treasure Christ, to put off sin and self, to strive after holiness, and to desire to live a life worthy of our precious Lord than anything else I have yet come across. If I could give someone only one Puritan book, it would be Samuel Rutherford’s Letters.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    I have read many Puritan authors down through the years, but few books have left such an indelible mark upon my soul as Rutherford’s Letters. One feels instinctively that here is the heart of a true Pastor who loves Christ’s Body so deeply, that he is able to express the compassion and love of Christ in such beautiful prose.
    I cannot think of any other work of Christian literature which has so encouraged, consoled, warned and indeed, broken my heart, than these Letters.
    It is no exaggeration to say that Mr Rutherford knew what it was to experience deep communion with His Saviour.
    This book deserves to be at the bedside of every true Christian, and read before sleep!

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