A Serious Call to A Devout and Holy Life   -     By: William Law
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A Serious Call to A Devout and Holy Life

Hendrickson Publishers / 2009 / Paperback

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Written during the Age of Reason, this is one of the most influential works on spirituality ever penned by a Protestant. While the first half deals with patterns for serving God in everyday life, the second half concentrates on prayer and the interior life. Told through imaginary characters, Law's work provokes the reader to see his own failings. 325 pages, softcover. Hendrickson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 300
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1598563858
ISBN-13: 9781598563856
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Originally published in 1728 at the beginning of the Enlightenment, when rational criticism of religious belief was at its peak, William Law's A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life succeeded in inspiring the most cynical men of the age with its arguments in favor of a spiritual life.

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  1. David Gough
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A strong challenge to modern "spirituality"
    May 10, 2014
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    It is difficult to know just how to characterize the theology of William Law. Indeed, it seems to have evolved throughout his lifetime. A defrocked Episcopalian minister, he later wielded influence on the Wesley brothers and the early formation of Methodism, as well as Samuel Johnson and the Enlightenment movement. In addition he was closely identified with the noted historian, Edward Gibbon. He was strongly opinionated and outspoken in his writing on what later became known as "the deeper life." In his later years he embraced the teachings of Jacob Behman and drifted toward a mystic brand of theology, one that he had earlier criticized. "A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life" was written when Law was in his early-40s. Although it alludes to Scripture, its lack of direct references are perhaps a "tip-off" of the more "feeling"-oriented theological posture he would later espouse. Despite these observations, the book presents a strong challenge to the laissez-faire spirituality which characterizes much of the Western church today. When Law was still a student at Cambridge he drew up a set of "rules for my future conduct," many of which likely appear in one form or another in this volume. We could all take a page from that example. "A Serious Call..." is at times overstated and its reiterations are somewhat monotonous. His use of "characters," through whom many of his points are made, is a helpful literary device that hastens the pace in places. This is a difficult book to navigate, but a slow and thoughtful read will produce fruitful results.
  2. Lois Hennigan
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    Great book
    May 28, 2013
    Lois Hennigan
    I have not finished reading the book, but for what I have completed, it is great.
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