In this edition of The Way to True Happiness, English spellings have been updated as have some of Venning's seventeenth century idioms, while quotations from Latin sources have been translated for the benefit of the reader unfamiliar with the language. The text, however, remains substantially Venning's and has not been abridged. Direct quotations from Scipture are in the Authorised, or King James Version, commonly used by Venning. However, where he has translated the text differently and this has been deemed essential to his purpose, his translation has been preserved.
Ralph Venning (1621-74) here proposes that true happiness is only to be found in understanding and doing the will of God. Venning was admired not only for his preaching but also for the consistency of his life. This, together with his powerful calls to a pleasure-obsessed world to seek happiness only where it may be found, are perhaps the reasons why his writings continue to speak so powerfully to us today.
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