The repeated editions of Flavel's Works bear their own witness to his popularity. He was a favorite with Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield (who ranked him with John Bunyan and Matthew Henry), and, a century later, with such Scottish evangelical leaders as R. M. M'Cheyne and Andrew Bonar.
Flavel's complete works had long been unobtainable until Banner of Truth reprinted them in 1968. His six volumes are in themselves a library of the best Puritan divinity and a set will be a life-long treasure to those who possess it. He is one of the small number of evangelical writers who can by their lucidity and simplicity help those at the beginning of the Christian life and at the same time be a strong companion to those who near its end.
1. The Life of John Flavel
2. The Fountain of Life: A Display of Christ in His Essential and Mediatorial Glory
John Flavel (b. 1628) received a call to be minister in the thriving seaport of Dartmouth. One of his congregants once said, "I could say much though not enough of the excellency of his preaching; of his seasonable, suitable, and spiritual matter; of is plain expositions of Scripture; his convincing arguments, his clear and powerful demonstrations, his heart-searching applications, and his comfortable supports to those that were afflicted in conscience. In short, that person must have a very soft head, or a very hard heart, or both, that could sit under his ministry unaffected."