A Quest for Godliness explores the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life. Drawing on a lifetime of study, Packer surveys the lives and. 1. AQUEST FOR GODLINESS. The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (Excerpt of chapter 8) by J. I. Packer. J. I. Packer’s introduction to a reprint of. Dr. Packer masterfully uncovers the hidden treasures of Puritan life and thought. With crystalline clarity he reveals the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life.

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Reading this book has kindled an interest in reading some of the works of the Puritans. Preview — A Quest for Godliness by J.

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They applied their understanding of the mind of God to every branch of life, seeing the church, the family, the state, the arts and sciences, the world of pavker and industry, no less that the devotions of the individual, as so many spheres in which God must be served and honoured. The Puritans exemplified a spiritual maturity that is largely lacking in the church today. All of which we, the modern church, have much to learn from.

Who are some of the Puritan leaders that have most influenced Packer? Published June 15th by Crossway Books first published The book is well written, and thick with insights.

A Quest for Godliness by J.I. Packer

Few generations of Christians have grown to the spiritual stature characteristic of the Puritans. In A Quest for Godlinessthe esteemed author of Knowing God and a dozen other books shares with his readers the rich world of Puritanism that has been so influential in his own life. In an introductory chapter, Packer explains why we need the Puritans; his reason is clear and unmistakable.


Here is solid spiritual food that contributes to maturity. It is an in-depth study of the Puritans as well as about searching for godliness.

The strength of this book cannot be Their understanding of God and His ways with man has largely formed his own spirituality and theological outlook. Disciplines of a Godly Man R. The second time through the book I understood the contents and their purpose much better than when I originally read it over ten years ago.

Marriage and Family in Puritan Thought.

I really enjoyed this book. References to this book The Evangelism Mandate: Packer does regularly comment on the state of the American church of the late 90’s as being very different from the godlinfss of that of the English Puritans.

He gives the historical context, tells where the different authors differed in opinion with direct quotations, and summarizes the general opinion. It is equally important to understand why we should make it a priority to study them. Godlinesw deals with them with grace. We have the Puritans. His careful choice of words to describe the Puritans “sweet, peaceful, patient, obedient, and hopeful,” is qeust one edifying string of adjectives and his insight into what makes the Puritans a valuable model for Christians today are only two of the many reasons qeust I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


Further, the Puritans emphasised the need for Christians to see themselves as warrior pilgrims; the need for Christians to educate and heed their consciences; the need for Christians to sanctify all relationships; and the need for Christians to delight in God and praise him joyfully at all times.

Fortunately, at the time that Packer wrote this bookscholars, for the past half-century, had already begun to unearth the lost and forgotten treasures of Puritanism, while “meticulously wiping away the mud” from the original portrait. There is so much we can learn from all areas of Christian history, but it does pacjer like the Puritans have an abundance of riches to offer us.

It must be studied, therefore, for the purpose of setting our lives in order. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A Quest for Godliness is a profoundly moving and challenging exploration of Puritan life and thought in a beautifully written book. I have found J. Open Preview See a Problem? For all those who think they were stuffy Christians who just told people what not to do, should read this book.

A Quest for Godliness

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