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The Christian Father's Present to His Children (James)

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The best gift any parent can give their children is to raise them in the discipline, nurture, and instruction of the Lord. No other inheritance will have eternal value, or will impact the world in which they live. As the author says, "The man who does not make the religious character of his children the supreme end of all his conduct towards them may profess to believe as a Christian, but certainly acts as an atheist".

The Christian Father's Present to His Children is not only a gift from a Christian father to his own children, but is a gift from the author to parents of any generation.


Table of Contents:

An Address to Christian Parents

  1. The Anxiety of a Christian Parent for the Spiritual Welfare of His Children
  2. The Dispositions Necessary for an Inquiry Into the Nature of Religion
  3. Right Sentiments in Religion
  4. The Nature of True Religion
  5. The Advantages and Responsibility of a Pious Education
  6. The Prevailing Obstacles that Prevent Young People From Entering on a Religious Life
  7. The Deceitfulness of the Heart
  8. Transient Devotions
  9. Decision of Character in Religion
  10. The Pleasures of a Religious Life
  11. The Advantages of Early Piety
  12. The Influence of Religion Upon the Temporal Interests of its Possessor
  13. The Choice of Companions
  14. On Books
  15. Amusements and Recreations
  16. On Theatrical Amusements
  17. On the Period that Elapses Between the Time of Leaving School and the Age of Manhood
  18. Public Spirit
  19. Female Accomplishments, Virtues, and Pursuits
  20. On Prudence, Modesty, and Courtesy
  21. Redeeming Time
  22. On the Obligation to Enter into Fellowship With a Christian Church
  23. On the Choice of a Companion for Life
  24. Keeping in View the Great End of Life
  25. The Meeting of a Pious Family in Heaven



John Angell James (1785-1859) was thus an evangelical leader in the important era between the death of John Wesley and the advent of C. H. Spurgeon. He trained at David Bogue’s College at Gosport, Hants, and served his entire ministry at Carrs Lane Congregational Church, Birmingham. His published works were numerous and their circulation was probably not exceeded by any other Nonconformist leader of that day.