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The Crook in the Lot

The Sovereignty and Wisdom of God, in the Afflictions of Men Displayed

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Weight 0.18 kg
Dimensions 18.1 x 12.1 x 1.1 cm
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Paperback

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Book

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9781848717589

page-count

168

series

Puritan Paperbacks

topic

Christian Living

Book Description

Thomas Boston (1676-1732) was a remarkable Scottish theologian and pastor. His Works run to 12 volumes and contain some lengthy theological treatises. But Boston also wrote brief, very accessible, and pastoral books, and chief among these is the quaintly titled, The Crook in the Lot: The Sovereignty and Wisdom of God, in the Afflictions of Men Displayed. This little book is a pastoral masterpiece, in which Boston reflects on the words of Ecclesiastes 7:13, ‘Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight which he hath made crooked?’

By ‘lot’, Boston means our ‘lot in life’, the shape of our lives as they are styled by God’s many providences. By ‘crook’, he means those unforeseen troubles that afflict, unsettle, or disturb us in any way. Boston sets out to minister pastoral wisdom and help to God’s people experiencing what Paul calls ‘the sufferings of this present time’ (Rom. 8:18).

The Crook in the Lot is pastoral medicine prepared in the laboratory of Boston’s own personal and ministerial sufferings. It is little wonder that Jonathan Edwards considered Boston ‘a truly great divine’. He was indeed!

— From The Foreword by Ian Hamilton

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  Foreword by Ian Hamilton vii
  Brief Biography of Thomas Boston xiii
  The Sovereignty and Wisdom of God in the Afflictions of Men Displayed 1
  An Exposition of Proverbs 16:19 65
  An Exposition of 1 Peter 5:6 87

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