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by Thomas Watson

  • ISBN: 1140769510
  • Category: World
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Thomas Watson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gale ECCO, Print Editions (May 27, 2010)
  • Pages: 176
  • ePub book: 1697 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1466 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
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Thomas Watson is one of the most readable Puritans for modern Christians, and this book is Watson at his best. Not everything he says in The Art of Divine Contentment is good advice for the 21st century reader, however

Thomas Watson is one of the most readable Puritans for modern Christians, and this book is Watson at his best. Not everything he says in The Art of Divine Contentment is good advice for the 21st century reader, however. For example, his approach to consoling a bereaved mother may have worked in the 1600's, but it would not be appropriate today. But for the most part, this book is uplifting and encouraging, and it's jam-packed with little lessons in practical divinity.

The content of Thomas Watson's The Art of Divine Contentment is biblical and edifying. On the subject of contentment, I still prefer the in-depth look found in The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs

The content of Thomas Watson's The Art of Divine Contentment is biblical and edifying. On the subject of contentment, I still prefer the in-depth look found in The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs. Thomas Watson gives a briefer overview: "In a word, a contented Christian, being sweetly captivated under the authority of the Word, desires to be wholly at God's disposal, and cheerfully lives in whatever circumstances that God has placed him in," (~. 7)

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Thomas Watson (circa 16201686) was an English Puritan who became a well renowned preacher and author during his .

Thomas Watson (circa 16201686) was an English Puritan who became a well renowned preacher and author during his time, and his writings are still widely read today. As vicar of St. Stephen's Walbrook, Watson became famous and popular as a preacher until the Restoration, which found him removed from his position. Among his writings are All Things for Good (originally published as A Divine Cordial), The Ten Commandments, and more.

Thomas Watson, an English Puritan preacher, wants to teach readers how to gain the same contentment as Paul. Living in the 16th century, Watson believed that discontentment was a sin, and so wrote the book The Art of Divine Contentment: An Exposition of Philippians 4:11. Watson spends the entire book on this one verse, and in doing so, presents Christians with a comprehensive method for becoming content.

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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars.The Age of Enlightenment profoundly enriched religious and philosophical understanding and continues to influence present-day thinking. Works collected here include masterpieces by David Hume, Immanuel Kant, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, as well as religious sermons and moral debates on the issues of the day, such as the slave trade. The Age of Reason saw conflict between Protestantism and Catholicism transformed into one between faith and logic -- a debate that continues in the twenty-first century.++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification:++++<sourceLibrary>British Library<ESTCID>T084324<Notes>First published in 1653 as 'Autarkeia: or, the art of divine contentment'.<imprintFull>Berwick : printed for W. Phorson; B. Law, and J. Matthews, London, 1784. <collation>168p. ; 12°

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Sample quotes from this e-book should encourage purchasing and reading this entry:

"The trade of sin needs not to be learned, but the art of divine contentment is not achieved without holy industry: `I have learned.'"

"The main proposition I shall insist upon, is this, that a gracious spirit is a contented spirit."

"...only here is the difference between a holy complaint and a discontented complaint; in the one we complain to God, in the other we complain of God."

"...so contentment lies within the soul, and doth not depend upon externals."

"Be content, by virtue of a decree. Whatever our condition be, God the umpire of the world hath from everlasting decreed that condition for us, and by his providence ordered all appurtenances thereunto. Let a Christian often think with himself, who hath placed me here, whether I am in a high sphere, or in a lower. Not chance or fortune, as the purblind heathens imagined; no, it is the wise God that hath by his providence fixed me in this orb."

"...it is easy to catch a disease from another, but not to catch health. The bad will sooner corrupt the good, than the good will convert the bad."

Anyone who finds this work profitable should also consider the somewhat longer e-book "The Rare Jewel of Divine Contentment" by Jeremiah Burroughs.
Xal Xal
Thomas Watson is at the top of the list of my favorite Puritan writers. He had a firm grasp of the Scriptures and was able to explain them in a manner that makes them easily understood. This writing of his on Divine Contentment was very good and makes one really think about what is important and plays the spiritual against the world. I recommend this book to all, but especially for those who may feel they have been 'short changed' in this life. The one issue that bothered me was that the word, Divine, was misspelled on the cover. A minor thing but every time I saw it I wondered who proofread it.
ZloyGenii ZloyGenii
This is the first time I have read anything written by Thomas Watson. Like so many of the devotional writers of old, there is a depth to his understanding of Scriptural teaching that matures the faith of any believer who wants to be truly godly. His examination of the virue of contentment is thorough; he looks at it from virtually every possible angle. In addition, his writing is rich in vocabulary and metaphor, in keeping with the style of seventeenth century literature. I not only loved reading this book, but I was blessed and convicted by it. I know that it won't be long before I pick it up again.
Doriel Doriel
Great book. Watson's knowledge of the scriptures is apparent and he helps to expose the "secret to being content" that Paul speaks of in Philppians. This book is akin to Jeremiah Burrough's Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment which I loved. Love puritan writers like Watson. It could be a quick read, or a read you could really digest slowly and pray through and try to apply chapter by chapter.
Mash Mash
This is a great book to be read with Watson's Religion Our True Interest. This book expands out the teaching in Philippians 4:11. Very helpful in these days where there is so much discontent. This is of great importance and the Lord would have us to be content. Watson is one of the easiest of the Puritans to understand and in this book the subject is covered in his customary practical way. As you will find out there is no excuse for us to be discontent. Although this was written in the 17th Century, the advice is very "relevant" for the 21st Century!
Ghile Ghile
I think this book is great, but this version is not so great. There are all sorts of typos and the more recent publication has chapter breaks, which this version does not.
Άνουβις Άνουβις
This along with many of the Puritan writers is a classic work. Today's Church should emerse itself in this teaching. When I go to a "Christian" bookstore now I can rarely find anything worth reading by today's writers. Watson is a must read. The practical, "normal" Christian life is full of situations and circumstances where we need to remember to be "Content" in our Lord. No matter what the circumstances.
Thomas Watson's book on contentment addresses the issue in such a way that it seems the book was written in present day times. His comparisons are eye opening and humbling.