A Quest for Godliness explores the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life. Drawing on a lifetime of study, Packer surveys the lives and. 1. AQUEST FOR GODLINESS. The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (Excerpt of chapter 8) by J. I. Packer. J. I. Packer’s introduction to a reprint of. Dr. Packer masterfully uncovers the hidden treasures of Puritan life and thought. With crystalline clarity he reveals the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life.

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Packer examines, in three chapters a piece, the Puritans and the Bible, the Puritans and the gospel, godlinss Puritans and the Holy Spirit, and the Puritan Christian life, and the Puritans in ministry. It’s probably best known for Packer’s famous essay on Owen’s Death of Death.

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The remainder of the book is devoted to exploring five different aspects of these godly people. A Quest for Godliness is a profoundly moving and challenging exploration of Puritan life and thought in a beautifully written book. It deserves to be six stars!

A few favorite quotes: I have tried to save the 5 stars for truly outstanding books. Jun 22, Derek Brown rated it it was amazing. Why we need to remember the Puritans! Why We Need the Puritans. With crystalline clarity he reveals the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life, contrasting it with the superficiality and deadness of paxker Western Christianity.

A Quest for Godliness

In thought and outlook they were radically God-centred. He concludes that a main difference between the Puritans and ourselves is spiritual maturity–the Puritans had it; we don’t.

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May 04, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first few chapters are evidently taken wholesale from various magazines and papers with the result that some of it is repetitive, sometimes almost word for word.


Crossway Books- Christian life – pages. The Puritan ethic of nurture was to train up their children in the way they should go, teaching them to care for their bodies and souls together and educating them for sober, godly, socially useful adult living. Goliness Hughes No preview available – In densely packed pages and over several chapters, Packer, in his book, ‘A Quest for Godliness,’ brings the reader face to face with many different facets of Puritan life and ministry with historical precision and keen theological insight.

I was already appreciative of them so I godliness not a hard sell, but my appre I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book. I’m hopeful as I dive into the Puritans that this book has given me a lens through which to view them! The Puritans were godly, practical people. Jun 09, Wade rated it it was amazing Shelves: Puritan pastors labored intensively to instruct and encourage their flock in the truth.

This is just an introduction to Puritan theology, and it should spur deeper interest in their qhest. I came away with a more human view of the Puritans – and a desire to follow in their footsteps. This book is long and it is dense, but extremely valuable. Few generations of Christians have grown to the spiritual stature characteristic of the Puritans. How does Packer describe the Puritan understanding of marriage? Of the 7 ways that the Puritans have shaped Packer, which do you most long for or identify with?

If he is truly as inspiring as he seems, Packer will have done me a great service. I encourage you to read this.

A Quest for Godliness by J.I. Packer

gidliness The Spirituality of John Owen. Their piety exhibited four main characteristics, all formed by the Puritan view of who God is and what he does: I was surprised that it was not edited to flow better. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The subtitile nails it. The Practical Writings of the English Puritans.


Very insightful for reading the Puritans. They applied their understanding of the mind of God to every branch of life, seeing the church, the family, the state, the arts and sciences, the world of commerce and industry, no less that the devotions of the individual, as so many spheres in which God must be served and honoured.

The Puritans exemplified a spiritual maturity that is largely lacking in the church today. Drawing on a lifetime of study, Dr. How would you describe the meaning behind the phrase “reduce to practice” to one not familiar with the Puritans? Additionally, they held to four key realities and had four overarching areas of concern. Packer would have done better to allow his subjects the Puritans to speak even more than they did; or to have spoken more fully but more lucidly himself.

What an awesome book is this! Nov 18, Allen rated it really liked it.

Packer has done a wonderful job collecting quotations and speaking to the general Puritan consensus on a number of topics. Great primer on the Puritan view of pavker Christian life, though perhaps a bit too idealized at times. Common terms and phrases application Arminian assurance B. Common terms and phrases application Arminian assurance B. Preview — A Quest for Godliness by J. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The portrait he paints is very different from the stigmatized version of Puritanism that is popular today.