Just ordered Complete Works of Flavel & True Doctrine Of The Sabbath

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I just ordered Works of John Flavel, as well as The True Doctrine Of The Sabbath by Nicholas Bownd.

Any reading tips? Things to keep an eye out for? Personal experiences with either? Etc.
 

John Yap

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Flavel's fountain of life is just an awesome work on Christ, simple clear and succinct with rich applications for a lifetime.
Some believed he had as many followers as Owen and Baxter! In terms of pure pastoral preachings, I doubt one would find any Puritan finer than Flavel.
 
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Flavel's fountain of life is just an awesome work on Christ, simple clear and succinct with rich applications for a lifetime.
Some believed he had as many followers as Owen and Baxter! In terms of pure pastoral preachings, I doubt one would find any Puritan finer than Flavel.
That is the first one I plan on reading. The sermon titles alone are edifying. I’m quite excited.

And I have no idea what to expect with Bownd.
 

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And I have no idea what to expect with Bownd.
Don't let the long background intro put you off. Bownd's work is pastoral yet scholarly in the use of sources for the time.
*I will say, Bownd was probably my "longest" on and off projects (going back now over 25 years maybe). When I finally got down to it a year or so before publication, I will have to say it was the hardest heaviest I'd worked a project until the recent 18-20 month marathon getting Naphtali Press Special editions going. Bownd is probably the pinnacle of whatever my repertoire ends up being as far as the importance in the body of literature,, the manuscript discovery and key to the 1606 revision, bibliographical work and publication design.
 
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I ordered the set of Flavel about 30 years ago and will send them to a good home for the cost of packaging and shipping.
I'll post the details shortly in Let's Do Business.

That is very generous. For comparison, mine was $230 Canadian.
Don't let the long background intro put you off. Bownd's work is pastoral yet scholarly in the use of sources for the time.
*I will say, Bownd was probably my "longest" on and off projects (going back now over 25 years maybe). When I finally got down to it a year or so before publication, I will have to say it was the hardest heaviest I'd worked a project until the recent 18-20 month marathon getting Naphtali Press Special editions going. Bownd is probably the pinnacle of whatever my repertoire ends up being as far as the importance in the body of literature,, the manuscript discovery and key to the 1606 revision, bibliographical work and publication design.

Do you recommend reading it straight through? And thank you for your labours. I hope the book proves a blessing to many, and helps rekindle a love for the Lord of the Lord’s Day.
 

Ed Walsh

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Do you recommend reading it straight through?

I have never done that with any of the great works. For example, I have worn out my original volumes 6 & 7 of Owen's works. Some parts I have yet to read. Except for commentaries. I read multiple places in the Bible at a time, but I study only one at a time. My custom is to read the chosen commentary cover to cover. Been doing that for years.
 

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Yes; and while it is long, start with the introductory material. I wouldn't say that normally since its my writing, but some have found it helpful, particularly to understand how the issue of Bownd's troublesome neighbor affected the 1606 second edition, and it probably is my best as far as those sorts of things go. The Gillespie intro was good, and I'[m found of the contributions to Durham's life and work, but the Bownd was some real heavy lifting. Since Bownd is something real scholars study I was wadding into the big leagues and hopefully didn't shame myself.:hunter: And yes; I hope it does some good too. Being an early, in fact, "the grand dad" of all puritan Sabbatarian works which set many or most of the standard argumentation, it doesn't maybe say all there is to say or say it so well, or even may not have been followed in a particular by later works. But it for all the fathers cited etc. aimed to be a pastoral work. And it was not an exaggeration what one commender of the book said that it maybe was the most important work on the subject, period. It was a work that affected English culture more than any puritan work by imprinting Sabbatarianism to a large degree, at least till decline of religion in the 19th century. Clearly other works built on that and sustained things but Bownd essentially started it with his involvement in the first Sabbatarian controversy in English history.
That is very generous. For comparison, mine was $230 Canadian.


Do you recommend reading it straight through? And thank you for your labours. I hope the book proves a blessing to many, and helps rekindle a love for the Lord of the Lord’s Day.
 
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Yes; and while it is long, start with the introductory material. I wouldn't say that normally since its my writing, but some have found it helpful, particularly to understand how the issue of Bownd's troublesome neighbor affected the 1606 second edition, and it probably is my best as far as those sorts of things go. The Gillespie intro was good, and I'[m found of the contributions to Durham's life and work, but the Bownd was some real heavy lifting. Since Bownd is something real scholars study I was wadding into the big leagues and hopefully didn't shame myself.:hunter: And yes; I hope it does some good too. Being an early, in fact, "the grand dad" of all puritan Sabbatarian works which set many or most of the standard argumentation, it doesn't maybe say all there is to say or say it so well, or even may not have been followed in a particular by later works. But it for all the fathers cited etc. aimed to be a pastoral work. And it was not an exaggeration what one commender of the book said that it maybe was the most important work on the subject, period. It was a work that affected English culture more than any puritan work by imprinting Sabbatarianism to a large degree, at least till decline of religion in the 19th century. Clearly other works built on that and sustained things but Bownd essentially started it with his involvement in the first Sabbatarian controversy in English history.
Would it be suited for a little portion each Lord’s Day, or does one need to be marinating in it consistently? I can think of some books that if I leave off for a while, I have no idea what was being talked about. Or maybe that varies from person to person.
 

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For the most part I think so; maybe some longer sections there hard harder stopping points, but generally yes.
Would it be suited for a little portion each Lord’s Day, or does one need to be marinating in it consistently? I can think of some books that if I leave off for a while, I have no idea what was being talked about. Or maybe that varies from person to person.
 
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For the most part I think so; maybe some longer sections there hard harder stopping points, but generally yes.
Okay, thank you. I’m looking forward to it.

Do you have any personal testimony from reading/working on the book?
 
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