A Guide to Christian Living
Edited By: Robert White
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Edited By: Robert White
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When John Calvin first began writing his Institutes of the Christian Religion, he had in mind a short handbook or manual which would set out the essentials of the Christian faith. Although the persecution of Protestants in France led him in time to accentuate the apologetic nature of the book, the Institutes, as first published in 1536, remained a work of Christian instruction, intended, as Calvin says, for those who were 'touched with some zeal for religion', and principally for those among his French compatriots who 'were hungering and thirsting for Christ', and who 'might be shaped to true godliness'.

No chapter better corresponds to the author's original intention than that entitled 'On the Christian Life'. It offered a clear, balanced set of directions and encouragements to all who desired to live according to the gospel. Strong in its theological affirmation of God's righteousness and providential care, of the reconciliation won for us by Christ and of the Holy Spirit's work of sanctification, it was equally strong in its pastoral concern for believers who were beset by their own weakness and sin, who daily endured trial and temptation and who nevertheless, united to Christ by faith, shared in his life and tasted his power.

This handsome, imitation leather volume embossed with Calvin's insignia and the title On the Christian life makes an excellent gift for all major life celebrations. But it also functions a convenient take-along book for any who wish to have The Confession on hand for devotional reading or memorization. Measuring only 3.9 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches, it fits nicely into any purses, book bags, brief cases, and any other bag used to carry one's personal belongings.

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Format: Imitation Leather
Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: Banner of Truth
ISBN: 1848710402
ISBN-13: 9781848710405

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    A Review of, A Guide to Christian Living by the Protestant Reformer John Calvin, as Translated by Robert White for The Banner of Truth Trust.
    July 7, 2015
    Snyder's Soapbox
    Fruitland, Idaho
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
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    A Review of, A Guide to Christian Living by the Protestant Reformer John Calvin, as Translated by Robert White for The Banner of Truth Trust.

    This book is an excerpt of the beginning of, Book 3, Calvins Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1560 French edition. It is 140 pages long. It has a short introduction providing some background information about John Calvin and his, Institutes. It also explains Calvins purpose in writing, Book 3 His purpose is also made clear in this books title. At the end of the book are, the endnotes, and indexes of scripture references, as well as subjects. This book is published by The Banner of Truth Trust. It is printed by Versa Press Inc., of East Peoria Illinois USA. The font is a very legible 10.5/13.5 Adobe Caslon Pro typeset. It is available in print, e-pub, and Kindle. I found the paper to be very thick and easy to highlight. It is covered in green faux leather. The cover is decorated with a perimeter channel, image of Calvin, and the title stamped in it to resemble tooling. The spine looks to be sewn and glued. It has the title stamped parallel to the spine, John Calvin under that, and The Banner of Truths logo at the foot. Overall I found the book to be well constructed and easy to read.

    If you are familiar with the works of Calvin, youll recognize this when you start reading it. Unlike many of his Latin works that were translated into English, this translation seems less formal and verbose. Due to that fact I t lends itself to devotional reading. It works well for daily devotional reading and gives you something to ponder for the day. I found myself nodding my head in agreement several times and wondering what other sections of Calvins works could be arranged as devotionals. It was very refreshing to read something scriptural in Modern English. As of late the choices have been dismal. Most devotionals in Modern English are full of extra-biblical revelations, or pseudo-self-help drivel. People have been feasting on cotton candy theology and starving. Reading something that makes you truly consider what is being communicated is stimulating. You have to engage your head and your heart, not just one or the other. People say that Calvin is to dry, but if you read his work you will see his passion for God come through.

    My copy of Spurgeon's, Morning and Evening is a bit too large to carry with me to work. This book is much smaller. I can fit it in my pocket. The paper is very thick and heavy, not like Bible paper at all. Highlighting and underlining works well. I was underlining and highlighting sections to quote on social media later on. This way you don't have to mark up your nicer complete volume of Calvin's Institutes. Since this little book is more durable it stands up to being carried about.

    I recommend this for personal devotions as well as a gift to the newly born again. I think it will aid them in getting their foundational notions in order. It can be purchased directly from The Banner of Truth, as well as other online retailers.
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    I enjoy many of "The Banner of Truth" books. (they have a worthy periodical magazine too). With a useful subject and scripture index, this little book is of great value - It is a wonderful reference for any Christian wanting to live a life pleasing to God - an outline of who we should be and how we should live, using the essential principals of our faith as followers of Christ. Decent font and sturdy binding in a book you can take anywhere make this a must have.
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