Title: The Mystery of Providence
Author: John Flavel
Date Completed: 05/26/2005
Rereadability Rating: 5
Lifechangeability Rating: 4.5
Entertainment Rating: 3
First thing: I need to read this book probably once every couple of years. It’s one of those books you can tell will mean more and different things to you as you mature in your faith. It took me a while to get into the language (it was written in the late 1600’s), but, once I did, I discovered a richness that I don’t remember being there when I was in school reading stuff from that time period. The book is essentially two parts. In the first part (the first 160 pages or so), Flavel outlines the doctrine of Providence (How God works through all things). In the second part, he derives personal application (how an understanding of the doctrine of Providence should change how we act). It is so rich. The book is FILLED with Scripture references and examples from church history to build the case he makes. I strongly suggest Christians pick this up and read carefully with two things in mind:
1. The Scripture references are important. Keep a Bible at hand while reading and look up all the verses that aren’t fully quoted in the text.
2. This isn’t an apologetics book. If you’re looking to examine the doctrine of Providence from an unbelievers standpoint, you’ll be very disappointed.
Note: This book review has been included in my site for historical purposes. I might not hold the same views as I did when it was written. If I don’t, hopefully I’m more right now…