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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lifting Up For the Downhearted, 18 Mar 2008
This review is from: The Bruised Reed (Puritan Paperbacks) (Paperback)
This book is one of the best Christian books I've read, and definitely one of the easiest Puritan books to start out on. A group of Christians from the 1600s, the Puritans were thorough theologians but put great emphasis on application to the Christian life. This edition has all the benefits of Puritan literature without any of the drawbacks, being immensely helpful for your personal walk with Jesus without the Ye Olde English language (the Thous have been changed to Yous, the sentence structure has been made more clear etc. without being an all our paraphrase)

The book itself is an exposition on Isaiah 42:3. Sibbes has two audiences in mind those who are downhearted in their faith and those who are dealing with the downhearted. He reminds both groups that Jesus does not crush the bruised reed, but cares for it. Moreover, he will "faithfully bring forth justice" which he explains is the kingdom of God in our hearts. He tells us that we all suffer and fall back into sin, but that Jesus will care for us and establish his rule in our hearts despite our weaknesses.

This book had a profound impact on the lives of the great men Richard Baxter and Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones. If you are worried by the strength of your faith in comparison to others and are lacking assurance of salvation this book will help you by pointing you not to something in your life, but to the greatness of Jesus and his ability to keep you faithful to the end.

It's so short and so cheap what are you waiting for!
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2011 06:32:25 BDT
Sibbes is indeed in this book "the heavenly doctor". His medicine is Christ by whom the apostle tells us came to us grace and truth. Every believer in Christ is under constant attack in the conscience by "the accuser of the brethren", Satan. Sibbes reveals to us how Christ's grace and truth strengthens, heals and sets up every believer in the long war who triumphs not in himself and his own efforts but in Christ alone by grace and truth. I found that Sibbes fells Satan as David did Goliath with one "pebble" whether the "giant" accusation came roaring or whispering. As luther said of our accusing enemy "one little Word shall fell him!" Bruised reeds will stand up again and flax will fire up feeding on Sibbes "the sweet dropper." SDG
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