First published in 1646, Spiritual Desertion offers comfort and consolation to believers whose circumstances cause them to wonder if God has abandoned them. further Reformation leaders Gisbertus Voetius and Johannes Hoornbeeck demonstrate that the anxiety of doubting believers is proof that God has not abandoned them; rather, it is evidence of the work of the Spirit in their hearts.
Gisbertus Voetius (1598-1676) taught at the University of Utrecht and was a major leader of the Dutch Further Reformation.
Johannes Hoornbeeck (1617-1666), a student of Voetius, also taught at the University of Utrecht.
John Vriend was a full-time translator.
Harry Boonstra is a retired theological librarian of the Hekman Library at Calvin College and Seminary
M. Eugene Osterhaven was the Albertus C. Van Raalte Professor of Systematic Theology at Western Theological Seminary.
Classics of Reformed Spirituality Series offers fresh translations of key writings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, making them accessible to the twenty-first century church. These writings from the "Further Reformation" in the Netherlands offer a balance of doctrine and piety, a mingling of theology and life that has seldom been equaled in the history of Christianity. Each book in this series will provide invaluable insights into a vibrant part of the Christian heritage.
"Many will surely welcome this new access to the Dutch authors whose strong writings put faith and certainty into the generations of their fellow countrymen. By their closeness to Scripture and their concern for heart and head (heat and light), they remain of enduring value." - Iain H. Murray, author of The Puritan Hope
"I am delighted that the Dutch Reformed Translation Society is at last making the material available in the English language. It is a landmark feature of our Reformed heritage, and its is rich food for the soul in this or any other age."- J.I. Packer, Regent College