Reading the classics

I just started reading, “The Mortification of Sin” by John Owen.  I am reading a new edition of Owen’s work, edited by Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic, called “Overcoming Sin and Temptation”

This classic work has been cleaned up of much of it’s archaic language and hard to read prose.  Therefore it has become very accessible to the modern reader.  Owen’s thoughts and writings are as timely today as they were hundreds of years ago.

What I am reading is rich food for the soul.   As followers of Christ we need to be plumping the depths of rich timeless classics such as Owen, Edwards and Bunyan.

Instead, unfortunately, the Christian consumer is throwing down millions of dollars for shallow, superficial, self-help books like Joel Osteen’s latest release.

I doubt if any of Osteen’s books will ever stand the test of time and still be read in hundred years.

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4 thoughts on “Reading the classics

  1. I’m with you…

    I am so tired of all the shallow self help books that are out there. A church I was on staff with made us read about every John Maxwell book known to man.
    Don’t get me wrong…John had some great stuff to say on leadership and teamwork…but enough is enough.

    What do you think about the “Purpose Driven Life” phenomenon?

  2. “the Christian consumer is throwing down millions of dollars for shallow, superficial, self-help books like Joel Osteen’s latest release…”

    Yikes. How very “watchdoggie” of you. And, “As followers of Christ we need to be plumping the depths of rich timeless classics such as Owen, Edwards and Bunyan.”

    Oh no, recommending Calvinists as well?!? That’s blasphemy in today’s new evangelicalism, isn’t it? 😉

  3. TRUTH !!!! That is what is explained in our beautiful yet seldom read classics, man these guys were men of whom the world is not worthy. I find it especially tantalizing that there are still people out there who desire to really dive deep into their spiritual walk and arent afraid of a tough read.

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