Over the summer I spent a lot of time reading various Puritan authors that influenced the man that I am writing a biography on for my PhD. Two such works were influential in his conversion, and also the conversion of men like Charles Spurgeon and countless others. Each work is known as a spiritual classic from its age, and I had to stop counting the insightful comments that graced their pages, each jam-packed with spiritual power and Biblical truth. As we are looking at 1 John this autumn and the topic of assurance, particularly in chapter one about a persons relationship to Jesus Christ and their understanding of sin, I thought I would recommend these two short works for the profit of Christians and non-Christians alike. For Christians it will certainly help you in your understanding of sin and God’s amazing grace. For those who are non-Christians or of the nominal sort, it will challenge you to the core as to whether you indeed have any merit to stand before the Almighty. Irregardless, the authors do not mince words! For those who take the time to read them you will be sure to be blessed (aka- don’t be put off by their 17th Century writing style, be patient).
Richard Baxter: A Call to the Unconverted
Joseph Alleine: An Alarm to the Unconverted
The Lord’s Sweetest Blessings,