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The Crook in the Lot: Living wih that Thorn in Your Side (Boston)

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First published in 1737 this book holds a special place among the tremendous amount of Puritan literature that was produced during that time. Thomas Boston was renowned for his clearly understood English and the manner in which he maintained that clarity while conveying messages of great depth.

The Crook in the Lot is introduced to us by J. I. Packer. In an extensive prologue he shows how Boston's advice remains deeply relevant today. Boston was not preaching merely from his theological understanding, he was speaking from direct personal experience. Boston had real "thorns" to deal with himself, ranging from his wife's paralyzing depression to his own experiences living for years with what were probably kidney stones. He brings his own unique combination of wonderfully profound and yet immensely practical advice to bear to give us a work of lasting impact.

Table of Contents:

  1. The Sovereignty and Wisdom of God in Man’s Affliction
  2. An Encouragement to Christian Duty
  3. God Blesses His People Through Affliction
  4. The Duty of Man in Affliction
  5. Directions for Reaching This Humiliation
  6. God Uplifts His People In Affliction  



Thomas Boston (1676-1732) was a Scottish Presbyterian minister. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, and was a recognized Hebrew scholar. His main pastorate was at Ettrick, Selkirkshire, where he was installed in 1707. His most noted works are the present one and Human Nature in its Fourfold STate. His complete works were published in 12 volumed by Richard Owen Roberts of Wheaton, Illinois, lithographed from the 19th century edition.



"..The pure Biblical wisdom of The Crook in the Lot is badly need by many of us, and so I am delighted that is being made available in this handy form." - J I Packer ~ Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada


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