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Thomas Boston

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2 Jan 2012
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1863. Excerpt: ... come that the crook should be made even; for if it were come, though they stand now like an impregnable fort, they would give way like a sandy bank under one's feet; "they should bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet." Meanwhile, that state of the matter is so far from justifying one's not eyeing the hand of God in the crook in the lot, that it makes a piece of trial in which his hand very eminently appears, namely, that men should be signally injurious and burdensome to others, yet by no means susceptible of conviction. This was the trial of the church from her adversaries. "All that found them have devoured them; and their adversaries said, We offend not: because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice." They were very abusive, and gave her barbarous usage; yet would they own no fault in the matter. How could they ward off the conviction? Were they verily blameless in their devouring the Lord's straying sheep? No, surely, they were not. Did they look upon themselves as ministers of the Divine justice against her? No, they did not. Some indeed would make a question here, How the adversaries of the church could celebrate her God as the habitation of justice? But the original pointing of the test being retained, it appears that there is no ground at all for this question here, and withal the whole matter is set in a clear light. "All that found them have devoured them; and their adversaries said, We offend not: because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice." These last are not the words of the adversaries, but the words of the prophet showing how it came to pass that the adversaries devoured the Lord's sheep, as they lighted on them, and withal stood to the defence of it, when they had done, far...

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The pure Biblical wisdom of The Crook in the Lot is badly need by many of us, and so I am delighted that is being made available in this handy form. --J I Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Boston was born at Duns. His father, John Boston, and his mother, Alison Trotter, were both Covenanters. He was educated at Edinburgh, and licensed in 1697 by the presbytery of Chirnside. In 1699 he became minister of the small parish of Simprin, where there were only 90 examinable persons. In 1704 he found, while visiting a member of his flock, a book brought into Scotland by a commonwealth soldier. This was the famous Marrow of Modern Divinity, by Edward Fisher, a compendium of the opinions of leading Reformation divines on the doctrine of grace and the offer of the Gospel, which set off the Marrow Controversy. Its object was to demonstrate the unconditional freeness of the Gospel. It cleared away such conditions as repentance, or some degree of outward or inward reformation, and argued that where Christ is heartily received, full repentance and a new life follow. On Boston's recommendation, James Hog of Carnock reprinted The Marrow in 1718; and Boston also published an edition with notes of his own. The book, being attacked from the standpoint of high Calvinism, became the standard of a far-reaching movement in Scottish Presbyterians. The Marrow men were marked by the zeal of their service and the effect of their preaching. As they remained Calvinists they could not preach a universal atonement; rather they were particular redemptionists. In 1707 Boston was transferred to Ettrick, Scotland. He distinguished himself by being the only member of the assembly who entered a protest against what he deemed the inadequate sentence passed on John Simson, professor of divinity at Glasgow, who was accused of heterodox teaching on the Incarnation. Boston, if unduly introspective, was a man of singular piety and amiability. His books, The Fourfold State, The Crook in the Lot, and his Body of Divinityand Miscellanies, had a powerful influence over the Scottish peasantry. His Memoirswere published in 1776. An edition of his works in 12 volumes appeared in 1849. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding and accepting the really 'sour' parts of our life! 30 April 2008
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I have not yet completed this little book which I received from a very perceptive friend! There are many kind of crooks from physical disabilities in ourself to circumstances that appear out of no where in our life causing great sorrow. This book beautifully declares the providence and sovereignty of God and shows us how and why we must accept what comes from His Hand, give praise and gratitude and love to a great and holy God for all that enters our life! Many biblical examples are given with the verses which clearly validate this really helpful book! This is a great book for yourself or for a friend who is going through a really difficult time in their life!
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4.0 out of 5 stars genev 9 July 2012
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The primary title of the book (The Crook in the Lot) comes from Ecclesiastes 7:13 -- `Consider the work of God, for who is able to straighten what He has bent?' The subject matter of this e-book was originally subtitled: The Sovereignty and Wisdom of God Displayed in the Afflictions of Men. Quoting Thomas Boston from the book,

"There is not anything whatever befalls us without his overruling hand."

"...the purpose of the text under these three heads.
I. Whatever crook there is in our lot, it is of God's making.
II. What God sees fit to mar, no one will be able to mend in his lot.
III. The considering of the crook in the lot as the work of God, or of His making, is a proper means to bring us to a Christian deportment under it."

"Everyone knows what is most pleasant to him; but God alone knows what is most profitable."

The afflictions we encounter in this life are not the result of `fate' or `chance' but from the Triune God who is actively involved in these events, the reasons for them, and the resolution of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 17 May 2013
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This book is a good read. Very biblical...many passages right from the Bible. We need more reading material like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God is in charge 1 Dec 2013
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Here is a classic written by a man of God and one who understood the sovereignty of God in the light of men's afflictions. Life is rough but knowing that God is in supreme control even if the events in this life seem crooked - is hope undiminished. God is good all the time and all the time He is good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sage words of wisdom! 31 Aug 2013
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This quick read which was written in the 1600s is full of sage words of wisdom. Although sometimes difficult to understand because of the English of the 1600s used - well worth the reading.
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