The Spiritual Life is a matching volume to Atonement and The Cross and is a republication of two books previously published separately as Soul-Depths & Soul-Heights and Lights and Shadows of Spiritual Life. Winslow sums up his approach in the Preface to "The Atonement" when he states: "The religion of the Lord Jesus is valuable only as its powere is ecperienced in the heart...The man of mere taste may applaud its ecternal beauty- the philosopher may admire its ethics, the orator its eloquence, and the poet its sublimity, but if the spirit of God take not His truth, and impress it upon the heart, as to the great design of its revelation, it avails nothing."
Octavius Winslow (1808–1878) was born in London, England, and raised in New York. He was ordained as a pastor in 1833 and held pastorates in New York, Leamington Spa, Bath, and Brighton. A prolific author, his devotional writings exhibit his Reformed, experiential convictions and distinctive, warm, ardent style.