John Newton, the writer of the famous song “Amazing Grace” once said: “If I might read only one book beside the Bible, I would choose The Christian in Complete Armour.” Charles Spurgeon called it: “Peerless and priceless; every line is full of wisdom; every sentence is suggestive . . . . The best thought-breeder in all our library.”
Originally written in the 1600s by Puritan Pastor William Gurnall, this classic book on spiritual warfare is considered to be one of the most highly regarded Christian books written in the English language.
Throughout the last few decades, I’ve owned and enjoyed several different versions of this tremendous book—but only recently came across this edition edited by James S. Bell Jr and divided into 365 daily readings.
This book packs a punch … and be forewarned, it is not for the faint of heart. It’s words are meaty and its thoughts deep, but oh what treasures are found within its precious pages.
As one online description of the book states:
At a time in England when loyalty to Scripture placed Christians in the center of the nation’s wars, Gurnall was more concerned with the souls of his people than the issues of conflicting political parties. Compiled from his many sermons on “the saints’ war against the devil,” his exhaustive exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20 treats the spiritual battles of believers and their God-given protection.
Originally written in three volumes (1655-1662), the book first covers the Christian’s call to arms and describes the nature of the battle and the character of our enemy. The various pieces of godly armor and weapons, and their use on offense and defense, are then described at length, item by item and verse by verse. More pastoral and practical than theological, Gurnall’s work is filled with spiritual insight, encouraging exhortation, and inspiring word pictures concerning the importance of doctrinal truth as “a girdle for the mind,” the power of holiness, the “pre-eminence of faith against other graces,” and much more.
Profoundly biblical and as relevant today as it was almost 350 years ago …
The late David Wilkerson said about the book: “I believe The Christian in Complete Armour . . . should be in the library of everyman and woman of God. No Christian leader, teacher, pastor, evangelist, or Christian worker should be without it.”
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February 2016 Winners!
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