The Saints' Everlasting Rest

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The Saints' Everlasting Rest, is one of most important works by author Richard Baxter, and is considered one of his most practical publications. Baxter, at a time in which he was of poor health, writes of heavenly rest while being in a state in which he foresaw the coming of his own death in a matter of months. This is an excellent work for those who are interested in this subject and for those who are fans of Richard Baxter or those discovering his work for the first time. ...
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Overview

The Saints' Everlasting Rest, is one of most important works by author Richard Baxter, and is considered one of his most practical publications. Baxter, at a time in which he was of poor health, writes of heavenly rest while being in a state in which he foresaw the coming of his own death in a matter of months. This is an excellent work for those who are interested in this subject and for those who are fans of Richard Baxter or those discovering his work for the first time.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780559227356
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 10/9/2008
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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Richard Baxter - English puritan divine.
Richard Baxter(1615-1691) was a prominent English churchman of the 1600s. He was a peacemaker who sought unity among Protestants, and yet he was a highly independent thinker and at the center of every major controversy in England during his lifetime.

Born in Rowton to parents who undervalued education, Baxter was largely self-taught. He eventually studied at a free school, then at royal court, where he became disgusted at what he saw as frivolity. He left to study divinity, and at age 23, he was ordained into the Church of England. Within the Anglican church, Baxter found common ground with the Puritans, a growing faction who opposed the church's episcopacy and was itself breaking into factions. Baxter, for his part, did his best to avoid the disputes between Anglicans, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and other denominations, even convincing local ministers to cooperate in some pastoral matters. "In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity," he was fond of saying.

Baxter found himself as a peacemaker during the English Civil Wars. He believed in monarchy, but a limited one. He served as a chaplain for the parliamentary army, but then helped to bring about the restoration of the king. Yet as a moderate, Baxter found himself the target of both extremes. He was still irritated with the episcopacy in 1660, when he was offered the bishopric of Hereford, so he declined it. As a result, he was barred from ecclesiastical office and not permitted to return to Kidderminster, nor was he allowed to preach. Between 1662 and 1688 (when James II was overthrown), he was persecuted and was imprisoned for 18 months, and he was forced to sell two extensive libraries. Still, he continued to preach: "I preached as never sure to preach again," he wrote, "and as a dying man to dying men."

Baxter became even better known for his prolific writing. His devotional classic The Saints' Everlasting Rest was one of the most widely read books of the century. When asked what deviations should be permitted from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, he created an entirely new one, called Reformed Liturgy, in two weeks. His Christian Directory contains over one million words. His autobiography and his pastoral guide, The Reformed Pastor, are still widely read today.
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