Wonderfully pithy, tremendously practical, insightfully encouraging, firm and straightforward, thorough and wide-ranging, very pastoral. This was fantastic. Dr. Lloyd-Jones is easily quotable and I found myself underlining a LOT throughout this book.
Each chapter is relatively short, and he does a remarkable job of touching every “base.” His focus is clearly applying the Word of God to the afflictions of the soul that commonly cause Christians to descend into gloom. One of the more helpful concepts he presented was that if Satan can’t keep a person from becoming a Christian, his next strategy is to make sure that Christian is an absolutely miserable picture of Christian joy, triumph, gratitude, etc. Thus, if we believe the Gospel delivers us into a life of practical holiness marked by joy (even through trial and sorrows), we ought to fight off doubt, and as he puts it, “take ourselves in hand.”
Every Christian can certainly benefit from this book, and I’m sure it would spark conviction and confession as well as comfort and encourage renewed diligence in seeking God. Highly commend this book to your “must read” category!
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