Thriving in Grace: Twelve Ways the Puritans Fuel Spiritual Growth by Joel R. Beeke and Brian G. Hedges
Reformation Heritage Books - 2020. lfpb. 220pp.
Using the Puritan writings judiciously, Joel R. Beeke and Brian G. Hedges provide twelve fascinating chapters on how the Puritans help us in a variety of ways, such as shaping our lives by the Scriptures, convicting our consciences of the subtlety and sinfulness of sin, opening for us the beauty and loveliness of Christ, and much more. Let this book transform your daily Christian life and move you to read the Puritan treasures for yourself.
Table of Contents:
1. The Puritans Shape Our Lives by the Authoritative Scriptures
2. The Puritans Lift Our Gaze to the Greatness and Glory of Our Triune God
3. The Puritans Convict Our Consciences of the Subtlety and Sinfulness of Sin
4. The Puritans Open Our Eyes to the Beauty and Loveliness of Christ
5. The Puritans Liberate Our Hearts with the Freedom and Power of Grace
6. The Puritans Engage Our Wills in the Practical Pursuit of Holiness
7. The Puritans Equip the Saints in the Battle against the World, the Flesh, and the Devil
8. The Puritans Inspire Our Hearts to Seek God’s Face in Prayer
9. The Puritans Sustain Us in Suffering with the Sovereign Providence of God
10. The Puritans Search Our Souls with Profound Psychological Insight
11. The Puritans Set Our Sights on Eternal Realities
12. The Puritans Fill Us with Sacrificial Zeal for God and His Truth
Conclusion: Reading the Puritans
Joel R. Beeke is president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Brian G. Hedges serves as lead pastor of Redeemer Church in Niles, Michigan. He is the author of several books, including The Story of His Glory, Active Spirituality, and Watchfulness: Recovering a Lost Spiritual Discipline.
“If there is a better short book on the strength and orderliness of the Puritans’ teaching on the lifestyle of the Christian, I have not yet read it. Thriving in Grace is the spiritual equivalent of what a taster meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant must be like: the work of a skilled chef who has a mastery of both his ingredients and the insight—usually only gained from decades of experience—into what will stimulate the taste buds of the guests. And Chefs Beeke and Hedges know how to season and garnish all twelve taster courses here with quotations that simply add to the experience of a meal that will linger long on the spiritual palate of every reader. A book indeed to ‘read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest’!” — Sinclair B. Ferguson, Ligonier teaching fellow and Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary
“All Christians have periods of spiritual dryness. For that reason, Thriving in Grace is nothing less than a work of compassionate service to the people of God. Here, Joel Beeke and Brian Hedges take us back to the Puritans to show us, through the Puritans, the glory of God, the steadfastness of His word, and the blessedness of life as His people. These are the meditations that make weak knees strong and that make water to break forth in the desert. I pray this book will comfort many souls the way that it has comforted mine.” — Stephen Myers, associate professor of historical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“This book is terrific. There are other fine introductions to the Puritans that have done much good, but this book is sui generis in a number of ways. There are the illustrations, quotations, and the number of Puritan writers who are referred to. It is full of application to the Christian life, to God our source, Christ our Savior, and the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Almost every paragraph—and certainly every page—contains an illustration that will soon be shared by a father with his family or a preacher with his congregation. It is most readable. Reading it has revived my heart and given me a new delight in the gospel of the love of God in Jesus Christ. If I have been touched by soaring through these pages, then surely you will be elevated and invigorated too. Read it—and glorify God in the process.” — Geoff Thomas, worldwide conference speaker who served as pastor in Aberystwyth, Wales, for more than fifty years