Toward A Perfect Love

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Surprisingly warm and practical, this 600-year-old insight into daily work and devotion is from a man described as "one of those hidden figures, those quiet and secret friends of God who have never failed the church."

A contemporary of John Wycliffe in the 1300s, Walter Hilton was a common and ordinary man in north-country England whose down-to-earth writings gained popularity among both layfolk and churchmen.

Editor David L. Jeffrey calls him ...

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Overview

Surprisingly warm and practical, this 600-year-old insight into daily work and devotion is from a man described as "one of those hidden figures, those quiet and secret friends of God who have never failed the church."

A contemporary of John Wycliffe in the 1300s, Walter Hilton was a common and ordinary man in north-country England whose down-to-earth writings gained popularity among both layfolk and churchmen.

Editor David L. Jeffrey calls him "one of the great psychologists of Christian spiritual condition," and describes Hilton's teaching as "firm, biblically grounded and uncompromised in its concern to conquer sin. But the tone is wise and kindly, gentle as a shepherd's voice. Hilton sees into ordinary human nature with an almost uncanny perceptiveness, showing us how futile are the disguises we erect to mask our weakness, immaturity, self-pity, self-deception and outright self-centeredness."

Hilton tells us of the sanctification in ordinary living, with all our worldly efforts drenched in our love for Christ. Edited into their most readable form for contemporary readers, the Classics of Faith and Devotion series recaptures in today's language the power of Christianity's most influential writings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573831918
  • Publisher: Regent College Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Classics ix
Translator's Preface xiii
Introduction xvii
Letters to a Layman
I. To One New in Faith 3
II. On the Mixed Life 7
Notes
Coming to Perfection
I. Book 1 The Spiritual Life
Salutation 39
Chapter 1 True Spirituality 41
The Goal of Contemplation
An Acceptable Sacrifice (I: 1; 11- 15)
Chapter 2 On Prayer 47
The Spirit of Prayer
Types of Prayer (common prayer; personal prayer; silent prayer)
Effectual Prayer (23-33)
Chapter 3 On Meditation 57
The Good of Meditation
The Gift of Meditation (34-36)
Chapter 4 Examination of Conscience 61
Recognizing our Condition
The Psychology of Sin
Health: Our Salvation in Jesus (41-45)
Chapter 5 Reformation and Contemplation 71
Seeking the Lost
The Value of Desire
Where and How to Look
Self-Discovery and the Image of God (46-55)
Chapter 6 The Measure of Love 85
Charity and Appearances
Charity and Judgment
Truth in the Inward Parts
The Standard of Love
Conforming to the Image of Jesus (66-70; 92-93)
II. Book 2: The Progress of the Soul
Chapter 1 The Image of God 99
The Soul As Image
Restoration of the Image (II: 1; 4; 5)
Chapter 2 The Spiritual Pilgrim 105
The Road to Jerusalem (21)
Chapter 3 True and False Light 111
Trusting God in the Darkness
Counterfeit Light (the Noonday Demon) (25-26)
Chapter 4 Looking at the Self 119
Spiritual Self-Understanding
Growth in Love
Discerning Love's Proper Object
The Reformation of Experience
Spiritual Insight
Things Seen and Unseen (30-33)
Chapter 5 The Gift of Love 137
The Source of Love
The Experience of Love
The Preeminence of Love
Love and Meekness
The Quiet Work of Love (34-40)
Chapter 6 Beholding Jesus 159
Beholding Him in Prayer
Jesus in His Word
The Still Small Voice
Lord of the Universe
Jesus Our Beloved (42-46)
Notes 178
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