A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1955 - Religion - 158 pages
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This devotional classic, written by William Law, an eloquent religious teacher of the eighteenth century, was designed to prod indifferent Christians into making an honest effort to live up to what they professed to believe. It has been appreciated in every succeeding generation because of its innate vigor and virility.

 

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William Law in this work reminds me of Leo Tolstoy in his late writings. Both of them write with a limpid style, both make moral arguments that are undeniably logical and rational, both make severe ... Read full review

User Review  - Tuty - Christianbook.com

This reading is beyond my expectations. It stimulates to give thoughts to issues that you would otherwise consider trivial. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Stirs hunger and thirst to go deeper into God. Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
The Nature and Extent of Christian Devotion
17
The Importance of Intention
21
The Danger of Not Intending Our Best
25
The Way to Please God
31
Requirements of the Privileged
37
The Wise Use of Our Estates and Fortunes
42
The Wrong Use of Our Estates and Fortunes
47
The Emptiness of a Life Not Governed by Devotion
84
On the Times and Hours of Prayer
91
The Singing of Psalms in Our Private Devotions
98
The Virtue and Discipline of Humility
104
The Practice of Humility IIO XVIII The Spirit of a Better Education
116
On Educating Our Daughters
120
Intercession as an Act of Universal Love
127
On the Advantages of Intercession
135

Some Effects of the Wise Use of an Estate
53
Some Reflections Upon the Life of Miranda
59
The Obligations of All Men and Women
64
On the Reward of Great Devotion
71
On the Inventions of Happiness
77
The Nature and Duty of Conformity to the Will of God
140
The Necessity and Nature of Confession
147
The Excellency and Greatness of a Devout Spirit
152
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William Law (1686-1761) was an influential thinker and writer of the post-Reformation era. Law's most famous work, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, has been read and studied by generations of readers.