I’m currently reading the Puritan Paperback abridgement of John Owen’s Communion with God. To hear some people talk, you’d be inclined to think that the Puritans were anti-emotional, anti-experiential dry intellectuals.* I’m discovering that there’s a drastic difference between the caricatures and teachings I’ve heard (even from “Puritan fans”!) and what the Puritans actually wrote. Drastic. Really. These men were steeped in Theology and study, and (seemingly) they lived vibrant lives experiencing practical communion with God. I’m convinced that a balance between those two things is one key to our Christian walk.
My only complaint about the Puritan Paperbacks is that they tend to read very much like a summary, and end up leaving me wanting to read the original and see what the author actually said and how he actually said it, which sort of defeats the purpose of reading the “quick & easy version”. (Nerd. Overly detailed. I know. Tis the personality God gave me….) So, I just ordered volume 2 of Owen’s Works so I can read the real thing.
I’m. so. excited! I’m hoping to post a few things that stick out to me in the coming year.
This study on communion with God – both with God the Trinity, and with each individual person separately (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit) – is really, really good. I believe it would be worthwhile for any believer to at least grab the Paperback. You’ll be glad you did, I’m sure! 🙂
*Please note the difference between emotional and emotional-ism as well as experiential and experiential-ism. I’m referring to the former of each.