This book was previously published by the Trust under the title "An Alarm to the Unconverted".
When the spiritual history of the Western World in the 20th century is written, it may well be seen as the epoch of spiritual sloth and slumber. Eternal realities seemed vaguely-defined and far-removed from daily life, and conformity to the world took the form of carelessness and neglect of spiritual issues. That is why it is no anachronism to republish a book from a day when men were more deeply conscious of the world to come, written by a servant of God whose preaching and writing were used to alarm and awaken many to the concerns of life and death.
Such is the climate among Christians today that these pages may serve primarily as an instrument to revive believers before they become a tool for evangelism. It will not be the first time that Joseph Alleine has had that effect.
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Joseph Alleine (1634-1668) was educated at Oxford from 1649 under men such as John Owen and Thomas Goodwin, he took his BA in 1651 and became a tutor and subsequently chaplain to the College. In 1655 Alleine accepted an invitation to become assistant to George Newton, vicar in Taunton, Somerset, and in the same year married his cousin, Theodosia. He died at the age of thirty-four.