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The Art of Divine Contentment

The Art of Divine Contentment

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by Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

There is much in this world to leave us wearied. Thomas Watson provides great encouragement as he points his readers to the only hope of gaining true contentment. He not only explains the nature of this contentment, but also gives motives to seek it and instructions for obtaining it.

Based on Philippians 4:11, I have learned, in whatever state I am therewith to be content, Watson considers the great dishonor done to almighty God by the sin of discontent. The doctrine of Christian contentment is clearly illustrated and profitably applied. The special cases where, through changes in providences, discontentment most commonly arises are examined and preservatives are applied to the soul. All of Watson's works are marked by profound spirituality, terse style, impressive remarks, and practical illustrations and The Art of Divine Contentment, first printed in 1653, is certainly no exception.

About the author: Thomas Watson graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was known for being a hard student. He was a man of considerable learning, a popular but judicious preacher, and eminent in the gift of prayer. He is one of the most popular of all English Puritans and, certainly, one of the most readable. Watson pastored at St. Stephen's Walbrook in London. The building in which he pastored was destroyed by fire in 1666. After being ejected in 1662, he continued ministering in London for many years. He retired to Essex, where he died suddenly while at prayer.

Hardback; 150 pages

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