A Hopeful Puritan Perspective on Suffering and Death
In the throes of a long illness and confronting the possibility of death, 17th-century theologian Richard Baxter found comfort in the reality of heaven that awaits believers of Christ. During his recovery, Baxter wrote about the afterlife in what would become his best-selling book.
The Saints’ Everlasting Rest meditates on what Scripture reveals about heaven, helping believers live an abundant, God-honoring life in anticipation of eternal rest. Baxter encourages readers not to become distracted or discouraged by the temporal as he refocuses their minds on the eternal. Confronting difficult topics including sin, suffering, and fear of death, he also emphasizes God’s sufficient grace and how the promise of heaven enriches life on earth.
Table of Contents:
Foreword (Joni Eareckson Tada)
Chapter 1: What This Rest Contains
Chapter 2: The Four Corners of This Portico
Chapter 3: The Excellent Properties of This Rest
Chapter 4: What We Will Rest From
Chapter 5: A Multitude of Reasons to Move You
Chapter 6: Why Are We So Reluctant to Die?
Chapter 7: The Heavenly Christian Is the Lively Christian
Chapter 8: Dangerous Hindrances and Positive Helps
Chapter 9: I Now Proceed to Direct You in the Work
Chapter 10: How to Fire Your Heart by the Help of Your Head
Chapter 11: Advantages and Helps
Chapter 12: Preaching to Oneself