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A Serious Call To A Devout & Holy Life [NOOK Book]

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A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law proclaims that God does not merely forgive our disobedience, He calls us to obedience and to a life completely centered in Him. Law exposes pious hypocrisy and the corruption of the Church. His writing is fresh and sharp, as he vividly illustrates the holy Christian life as one lived totally for God. "Devotion signifies a life given, or devoted, to God. He, therefore, is the devout man, who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world,...
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Overview

A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law proclaims that God does not merely forgive our disobedience, He calls us to obedience and to a life completely centered in Him. Law exposes pious hypocrisy and the corruption of the Church. His writing is fresh and sharp, as he vividly illustrates the holy Christian life as one lived totally for God. "Devotion signifies a life given, or devoted, to God. He, therefore, is the devout man, who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God . . . by doing everything in the name of God, and under such rules as are conformable to His glory."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458795267
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
  • Publication date: 5/14/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,194,308
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction     xiii
Biography of William Law     1
Concerning the nature and extent of Christian devotion     5
An inquiry into the reason why the majority of Christians fall so far short of the holiness and devotion of Christianity     17
Of the great danger and folly of not intending to be as distinguished and exemplary as we can in the practice of all Christian virtues     27
There is no state or employment of life in which we can please God unless we intend to devote it all to the honor and glory of Jesus Christ     39
People that are free from the necessity of daily labor and employments are to consider themselves as devoted to God in a higher degree     55
Containing the great obligations, and the great advantages of making a wise and religious use of our estates [possessions] and fortunes [money]     65
How the unwise use of an estate corrupts all the temperaments of the mind, and fills the heart with empty and ridiculous passions throughout the whole course of life. This is represented in the character of Flavia     75
How the wise and pious use of an estate naturally carries us to great perfection in all the virtues of the Christian life. This is represented in the character of Miranda     83
Containing some reflections upon the life of Miranda, and showing how it may, and ought to be imitated by all of her sex     95
Showing how all men and women of all ages are obliged todevote themselves unto God     107
Showing how great devotion fills our lives with the greatest peace and happiness that can be enjoyed in this world     125
The happiness of a life wholly devoted to God is further proved from the vanity, sensuality, and ridiculously poor enjoyments that those who live according to their own pleasures are forced to take up. This is represented in various characters     143
Not only a life of vanity or sensuality, but even the most regular kind of life that is not governed by great devotion, sufficiently shows its miseries and emptiness to the eyes of all the world. This is represented in various characters|p157
Concerning that part of devotion that relates to a place of prayer. How to improve our forms of prayer. How to increase the spirit of devotion. Method of daily prayer     171
Of chanting, or singing of psalms in our private devotions. Of the excellency and benefit of this kind of devotion. Of the great effects it has upon our hearts. Of the means of performing it in the best manner     183
Recommending devotions at nine o'clock in the morning, called in Scripture the third hour of the day (Mark 15:25). The prayer of humility     201
Showing how difficult the practice of humility is because of the general spirit and temperament of the world. How Christianity requires us to live contrary to the world     213
Letter of a father governing the education of his children, represented in the character of Paternus     225
Letter of a mother governing the education of her children, represented in the character of Eusebia     241
Recommending devotion at twelve o'clock, called in Scripture the sixth hour of the day. This frequency of devotion equally desirable by all orders of people. Universal love is here recommended to be the subject of prayer at this hour. Intercession as an act of universal love     263
Of the necessity and benefit of intercession, considered as an exercise of universal love as prayed at the noon hour. How all orders of men are to pray and intercede with God for one another. How naturally such intercession amends and reforms the hearts of those that use it     279
Recommending devotion at three o'clock, called in Scripture the ninth hour of the day. The subject of prayer at this hour is resignation to the divine pleasure. The nature and duty of conformity to the will of God in all our actions and designs     299
Of evening prayer. Of the nature and necessity of examination. How we are to be particular in the confession of all our sins. How we are to fill our minds with a just horror and dread of all sin     313
The Conclusion. Of the excellency and greatness of a devout spirit     329
Study Guide     343
Glossary     351
Biographical Index     355
Scripture Index     357
Topical Index     361

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