The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen
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“The Foundation of Communion with God” introduces readers to the trinitarian piety of John Owen (1616–1683). Ryan McGraw’s introduction to Owen sketches the major events of this important theologian’s life and shows how his circumstances shaped his thought on the themes of the Trinity and public worship. The second part of the book presents forty-one brief selections from Owen’s writings that trace his thoughts on knowing God as triune, Scripture and worship, heavenly-mindedness, and covenant and church.
Appendixes provide readers with a chronological list of Owen’s writings and a guide to them for those who wish to delve deeper into Owen’s writings.
“Imagine being invited to a feast prepared by a great chef, but you have no experience with exquisite foods. Now, someone trained in the culinary arts wants you to appreciate what is before you. He explains the various dishes and then brings you a sample of each to whet your appetite. By the end, you are satisfied, yet hungry for more. This is what we have here, thanks to Ryan McGraw, who has ably introduced and edited this anthology of insights from John Owen’s many volumes. Prepare to be fed by master chef Owen and by your guide McGraw. Enjoy.” — Kelly M. Kapic, author of Communion with God: The Divine and Human in the Theology of John Owen
“If the very sight of a single six-hundred-page volume of John Owen’s Works is daunting or produces a sense of (false) guilt because page-long paragraphs discourage you, then here is the book for you— ‘bite-size’ Owen without being ‘Owen-lite.’ Dr Ryan McGraw proves to be one of the best kinds of experts (he is one on John Owen): he shows us the heart of the matter. In the case of these pages that means both edification and pleasure rolled into one.” — Sinclair B. Ferguson, author of John Owen on the Christian Life