William Law: Selections from A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (HarperCollins Spiritual Classics)

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William Law (1686–1761) was an Anglican priest who specialized in providing spiritual direction. This occupation led his writings to be concrete and specific, yet profound and filled with rich insights. His best known piece, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, has inspired countless generations and deeply influenced the English religious revivals. The selections here offer practical spiritual direction for those seeking a meaningful life of prayer and devotion.

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A great number of believers do not live the Christian life as they believe it ought to be lived. Simply put, they do not live according to their convictions. Few can face such truths without feeling the sting of conscience.
This book is addressed to Christians, and it is, as its title implies, a serious call to be what they profess. When William Law first wrote A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life in 1728, he set out to show, above all things, that there can be no truth and no wholesome life without perfect sincerity.
As you read the words within this cover, you will be caught by the deep note of absolute sincerity that dominates Law¿s writing. You will also discover the following:

Why the sincere intention to please God is crucial
Imitating God in all your actions
Why you must strive to obtain your salvation
Why you must conduct an earnest examination of your life
How you can be a servant of God through your employment How your money and possessions can become an obstacle to your Christian life
Our responsibilities as rational beings
How money can be a poison to your soul
How the use of your money can corrupt or bless your entire life
Living up to God¿s plan for your life
Why true religion is meant for everyone
Why it is necessary to avoid indulgences in worldly things
What you can do to offer your life as a service to God
Using your money as a gift from God
How you can bring glory to God even if you do not work
Making piety to God the rule and measure of everything you do
Why you should keep certain times of devotion during each day
Why morning devotions are vital to the Christian life
How designated forms of prayer can be useful in times of devotion
The importance of singing psalms and praises to God
Why your life must match your prayers and vice versa
The importance of rising early to pray

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Originally published at the beginning of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, a time when rationalist criticism of religious belief was perhas at its peak, William Law's A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life succeeded in inspiring the most cynical men of the age with its arguments in favor of a spiritual life. More than simply articulating a set of rules to live by, Law's book examines what it means to lead a Christian life and criticizes the perversion of Christian tenents by the Establishment--whether secular or spiritual--whose real aim is temporal power. With a perface by the Reverend William Sloane Coffin, Jr., whose own direct engagement in social causes still finds inspiration in Law's argument, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life is a book that can still speak to our time.

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