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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Reformation Heritage / Soli Deo Gloria
|Publication Date: 2013|
On the surface, it seems unnecessary to instruct someone to be content in times of prosperity. However, times of prosperity and abundance provide some of the strongest temptations to pull our hearts away from God. Jeremiah Burroughs was keenly aware that the riches of this world compete for our affections and challenge our contentment in Christ. Originally prepared as an appendix to The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, this book provides an important conclusion to Burroughs's sermon series on Philippians 4:11 12: "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."
pbcook5 Stars Out Of 5Are you Satisfied when you are Rich?February 10, 2014pbcookQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5That seems like an easy question. Of course I am satisfied and content when I get all the physical and spiritual riches that I desire. However, the honest answer may not always be so straightforward. As a companion book to his Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs wrote this book specifically for the people that have been blessed with great prosperity.
Having prosperity in a particular area leads to unique temptations. Proverbs speaks in particular of the rich man having many friends that the poor man does not have. With these "friends" come the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil to use your prosperity for your own selfish means and not for the cause of Christ. If we do not learn to control and conquer these temptations, they will lead us into sin.
As Burroughs discusses in detail in this book, how can we be sure of our salvation if we have never learned to be satisfied when we are full? If we are not satisfied in our prosperity, how can we be certain that we know Christ of Whom He alone should give us satisfaction in life? This book is rooted firmly in Scripture, in particular Philippians 4:11-12, and I highly recommend it to be read by all people that may put their trust in the uncertain riches that fade away.
A Cluttered MindRochester, MNAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A secret I must learnMay 2, 2013A Cluttered MindRochester, MNAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a marvelous book. Reformation Heritage Books is doing a great service by reprinting these Puritan classics, in a short from, with some modifications made to make them more readable by a modern audience. I commend them for this and hope that they'll continue the practice.
Burroughs has long been one of my favorite Puritans. He is eminently readable, speaks straight to the heart and doesn't get lost in some of the Puritan's tendencies to lambast the papacy or crown. He was, and still is, very good for the church. This is why his books are still in print and should be read more and more.
'Contentment, Prosperity and God's Glory' is much needed today, in our American consumer-driven culture. It is much needed in the church throughout American evangelical churches, who have been breathing that cultural air for far too long. We are prosperous (nothing inherently wrong or sinful about that). However, we are not content. Therefore, we are not glorifying God as we ought. Even though this book was written and published nearly 350 years ago, it is as pertinent to us as if Burroughs were pastoring a church in the United States right now.
Each major section deals with the struggle a Christian fights for to be content, no matter what his condition: having little or having much. Burroughs earlier work, 'The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment' deals more with how to be content with very little, even during times of suffering (and Burroughs knew firsthand what this meant). This current work takes the flip side of the coin, prosperity, and seeks to show how much more difficult it is to glorify God through contentment when we have much. Section One addresses what it means to be full in a godly fashion. Eleven principles are laid out with such clarity no one could miss the point. Section Two moves into the difficulties of learning such contentment as this. Burroughs' analogies are a true delight; I'd read this book just to get to them. The next two portions deal with the necessity and the excellency of learning this state of God-glorifying fullness. Perhaps one of the reasons this 'secret' is so hard to discover for far too many is that there is a mystery to it. Burroughs deals with this in Chapter Six. Burroughs takes the final three chapters to deal with the practical matters of contentment, helping the reader learn how to practice contentment in the midst of great fullness of blessing, avoiding the guilt of sinfully living to excess in the midst of God's great providence and advice on how to improve prosperous conditions (warning: this is not the 'Get Rich Quick' chapter!). I think everyone who reads this will hear Burroughs' pastoral voice, urging them, pleading with them, exhorting, and yes, at times reproving them in order to see God get all the glory.
Again, thank you to RHB for publishing this. Thank you to Philip Simpson for his work in editing this short work. I highly commend this book to you.