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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In A Quest for Godliness, the esteemed author of Knowing God and a dozen other books shares with his readers the rich world My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Intro to the benefits and value of reading the puritans. Why We Need the Puritans. They were giants of the faith, sometimes deeply flawed, but with a clear vision of the glory of God and an intense dedication to its pursuit. They were spiritual giants, and this shows how small we are by comparison. 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 godlinrss, as so many spheres in which God must be served and honoured.

Puritanism as a Movement of Revival.

Packer deals with them with grace. Be the first to ask a question about A Quest for Godliness. Their program for family stability, with their high view of marriage and child rearing. It is an in-depth study of the Puritans as well as about searching for godliness.

Packer has done a wonderful job collecting quotations and speaking to the general Puritan consensus quesy a number of topics. Further, the Puritans emphasised the need for Christians to see themselves as warrior pilgrims; the need for Christians to educate and heed their consciences; the need for Christians to sanctify all relationships; and the need for Christians to delight in God and praise him joyfully at all times. As usual with Jim Packer, this is packed with detail about the lives the Puritans lead.


The Puritans exemplified a spiritual maturity godloness is yodliness lacking in the church today. With crystalline clarity he reveals the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life, contrasting it with the superficiality and deadness of modern Western Christianity.

Selected pages Title Page. Again, the book highlights different aspects of how the Puritans thought about and lived out the Christian life, showing a continuity of faith and practice from the Protestant reformers that has continued to this day bodliness faithful, gospel believing churches.

They had their faults, and Packer deals with several of these squarely and with grace. I heartily recommend this book. I told my wife as I finished it that I might just start it over. In an introductory chapter, Packer explains why we need the Puritans; his reason is clear and unmistakable. Common terms and phrases application Arminian assurance B. This is an excellent book on these true giants in the faith. The modern term for their lifestyle fof be holistic, as every aspect cor their lives was integrated in the single purpose of qeust God.

View all 3 comments. I am ppacker the neo-Puritan I used to be, but this book is important to me if for no other reason than nostalgic ones. Common terms and phrases application Arminian assurance B. The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life. This is not surprising. Our readings for this book focused a lot on Richard Baxter, John Owens, and Jonathan Edwards, men to whom we are greatly indebted to for their great spiritual impact in both their day and today.

A Quest for Godliness

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Few generations of Christians have grown to the spiritual stature characteristic of the Puritans. The strength of this book cannot be Their passion for effective action, completely shunning self-reliance and depending utterly on God to work in and through them. How is that NT law obeyed without legalism? The strength of this book cannot be Whether you are just getting acquainted with the Puritans or are a long-time friend, A Quest for Godliness will instruct and inspire you.

In a time of failing vision and decaying values, this powerful portrait of Puritans is a beacon of hope that calls us to radical commitment and action when both are desperately needed. Sep 03, Jake rated it really liked it Shelves: The book does have some weaknesses.


How does Packer describe the Puritans and why? The portrait he paints is very different from the stigmatized version of Puritanism that is popular today.

The Practical Writings of the English Puritans. Godlniess called Calvinism Calvinistic CHAPTER Christian church communion concern congregation conscience conversion covenant death divine doctrine doth duty Edwards effect England evangelical evangelistic exposition faith Father give glory God’s godliness gospel grace hath heart Holy Ghost Godlinwss Spirit Ibid Jesus Christ John Owen Jonathan Edwards justification knowledge labour live Lord Lord’s Day man’s matter means mind minister ministry nature never gpdliness Owen’s Perkins practical prayer preach the gospel preachers principle promises Puri Puritan Puritan preaching redemption Reformed Pastor religion repentance revealed revival Richard Baxter Richard Sibbes righteousness salvation sanctified Saviour Scripture seal seek sense sermons Sibbes sinners sins soul speak spiritual gifts teaching Testament theology things Thomas Goodwin Thomas Hooker thou thought tion treatise true unto Westminster whole William Perkins witness word worship writing wrote.

A Quest for Godliness by J.I. Packer

Protestants have a rich heritage of heart-felt spirituality that avoids the errors and excess of the mystics. Then our knowledge will deepen and expand; but otherwise it will run out into sterile verbiage and mental error.

Although it is wonderful to have Puritan resources at our fingertips and in abundance, it is godliiness important to understand why we should make it a priority to study them.

I think his concerns were relevant for most of American Protestantism at the time, however, Christ is faithfully preserving his true church through all ages. Dec 25, Mike E. The Puritan View of Preaching the Gospel.