More than three centuries ago, Puritan church leader Baxter compiled a 1,143-page tome entitled Christian Directory, which included a section on family life. The Godly Home is the only stand-alone version of that section of Christian Directory. Editor Randall Pederson has updated the language and syntax to make this seventeenth-century collection of words one that will continue on for generations to come.
He himfelf, as he tells us, towards the clofe, apprehended this to be one of the greateft and bell: works, that'he ever put his hand to, and he'had the'pleafure to find it eminently ufeful. In the account given of his publications, in his Life, he fays, I have great canfo to be thankful to God, for the fuccefs of that book, as hoping many thoufand fouls are the better for it, in that it prevailed Upon many minifiers to fet upon that work, which, I there exhorted them to. Even from beyond the feas, Ihave had letters of requeil, to dire l: them how they might con dua: that work, according as that book had con vinced them, it was their duty.
Dr. Bates, in his funeral lermon for Mr. Baxter, after a high encomium on his other works.
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Puritan writer Richard Baxter provides an answer for us that is just as powerful and enlightening in our modern era as it was in the 17th century when he penned his words.
Baxter, who himself was persecuted and spent time in prison for his beliefs, was intimately familiar with the great challenge of walking with God in a tumultuous world and in the midst of a generation that railed against God.
Inscribed at the base of Baxter’s statue in Kidderminster, England are these words: “In a stormy and divided age he advocated unity and comprehension, pointing the way to ‘the eternal.’”
Come learn from this great man of faith who walked with God.