Monday, April 29, 2013

Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory - Review


We often think of its importance in times of want and adversity.

But what if finding contentment is even more difficult in times of prosperity and ease? America is the wealthiest nation on the planet. Its citizens live at a standard most of the world can only dream of. Yet, are we happy? Are we satisfied? Or are we constantly hungering for more, looking for that missing piece in our puzzle of peace?

Though he lived 400 years ago, Jeremiah Burroughs, has provided for us a timely message that speaks to our  heart's condition in this land of plenty. Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory, should be handed out to congregations across this nation. Burroughs wrestles with the unique dangers that come with wealth and possessions, and shares with us how to identify and overcome the temptations to live for God's Glory.

The thrust of the book, is that we need to learn how to be full. We need to be able to enjoy and utilize the material blessings God has provided us, while offering them back to God in grateful service. This requires that we see clearly our condition and motives. The dangers are many, yet with God's grace we can heed the warnings and find contentment in our Lord.

This work was originally published as the appendix of Jeremiah's most famous book, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Reformation Heritage Books has graciously published this work with updated language making it more accessible to modern readers. It is an excellent read, cutting to the heart of the matter. I can't emphasize enough how powerful and important this message is. One I needed to hear myself.

I would like to thank Cross Focused Reviews for sending me this free review copy.

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