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The Saints' Everlasting Rest: Updated and Abridged (Baxter)

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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.

  • Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada: Inspiring message from the founder and CEO of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center
  • Great for Personal and Group Study: Each chapter ends with questions for reflection, tackling issues including death, abundant joy, security in Christ, and patience through affliction
  • Modernized Version of a Puritan Classic: Abridged and edited, with a detailed summary of Baxter’s life and work, along with short introductions to each chapter
  • Biblical Support for Dealing with Grief or Illness: Explains suffering and death from a Christ-centered perspective, with practical tips for living a heavenly life'

 

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

 

Author

Richard Baxter (1615-1691) was an influential pastor, a leading English Puritan, a compelling communicator, and a prolific author. He wrote around 140 books on a wide range of subjects. He is best known for his two classic texts, The Saints’ Everlasting Rest (1650) and The Reformed Pastor (1656).

 

Endorsements

The Saints’ Everlasting Rest is a classic treatise on a favorite Puritan topic: the glory of being with Christ forever. Richard Baxter not only teaches us about heaven in a manner that fans hope into flame, but he also teaches us how to meditate on heaven so that we can enjoy a foretaste of it already on earth. Tim Cooper has done us a great service in distilling Baxter’s one thousand–plus pages of seventeenth-century Puritan prolixity into a small and accessible book. May this burning coal ignite a fire in many hearts today!” - Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Reformed Preaching; coauthor, Reformed Systematic Theology

“‘Could you not watch with me one hour?’ Christ’s gentle correction applies to us as well when our spirit is willing but our flesh is too weak to meditate on heaven for one hour. But in this volume are corrective words from Richard Baxter that—though updated and abridged—retain their well-earned and long-standing approval. Taking us by the hand, Baxter draws us away from our egregious neglect of duty and leads us into the joy of thoughts that ring with faith, desires that ache for paradise, and disciplines that dispose us again toward the rest that Christ is preparing for us in our Father’s house.” - A. Craig Troxel, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California; author, With All Your Heart