The Christian in Complete Armour by William GurnallThis book should come with a notice on the flyleaf--WARNING: Reading this book may cause crises of repentance.
I had the privilege of working on the Spanish translation of Gurnalls masterpiece. I remember reading it and thinking, My pastor has to read this! but unfortunately at that time it was only available in the original Elisabethan English and in the modernised version, so I spent several months creating a draft translation into Spanish which later formed the base-text for the version that was finally printed many years later. Working on the text at that level required me to study it in-depth, and I have to say I sometimes felt like putting a rug next to my computer so Id have somewhere to kneel.
This book will drive you to prayer if you read it at all mindfully. The author holds a mirror up to our Christian lives: the mirror of the Word, its message, and its purpose. The text has not dated because it deals with issues that are timeless in our human lives, with eternal importance. It can have a salutory effect and deepen your walk with Christ, if you let it.
The Christian In Complete Armour by William Gurnall (Hardcover)
Paul was now in bonds, yet not so close kept as to be denied pen and paper; God, it seems, gave him some favour in the sight of his enemies: Paul was Nero's prisoner, but Nero was much more God's. And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn. But how does this great apostle spend his time in prison? Not in publishing invectives against those, though the worst of men, who had laid him in; a piece of zeal which the holy sufferers of those times were little acquainted with: nor in politic counsels, how he might wind himself out of his trouble, by sordid flattery of, or sinful compliance with, the great ones of the times. Some would have used any picklock to have opened a passage to their liberty and not scrupled, so escape they might, whether they got out at the door or window. But this holy man was not so fond of liberty or life, as to purchase them at the least hazard to the gospel.
If I might read only one book beside the Bible, I would choose The Christian in Complete Armour.', JOHN NEWTON. pp.
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A Magazine Opened,From whence the Christian is furnished with Spiritual Arms for the Battle, helped on with his Armour, and taught the use of his Weapon: together with the happy issue of the whole War. This continues to be one of the most loved, and also one of the most influential Christian books apart from the Bible. You will often find in a line and a half some great truth, put so concisely, and yet so fully, that you really marvel how so much thought could be got into so few words.
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To ensure the speed and security of your experience on our website, we use the latest technology supported by the most up-to-date web browsers Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge. Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour is certainly one of the greatest of all the Puritans' practical writings. This 3-volume paperback set is a modernized abridgement of the Puritan Classic by William Gurnall. William Gurnall was born in the coastal town of Lynn, Norfolk, about a hundred miles north of London.