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The Foundation of Communion WIth God Owen

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I did not know what to expect when I first got this book; I got it because I was curious and wanted to know more about the famous Puritan John Owen.  The book’s main point is that Christians today can benefit from Owens’ writing with his emphasis on a distinctively Trinitarian piety.  In fact the title plays on a quote from Owen that the foundation for Christian worship is the Triune God.  The bulk of the book are selected passages from John Owen’s work that is divided into three sections: 1.) Knowing God as Triune, 2.) Heavenly Mindedness and Apostasy 3.) and Covenant and Church.  My favorite section was section two because it touched on a lot on searching one’s own heart for the motive of worshipping God and it confronts a wrongful heart and false spiritual high that does not rely on God and the Gospel.  Christians must always watch their own heart for false and prideful reasons to worship God especially when it comes to public worship.  For those who are new to John Owen, both the opening chapter titled “The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen” and appendix A, “Reading Owen” are extremely helpful.  I think “Reading Owen” is important enough that it ought to have been the second chapter of the book rather than being an appendix.  This book did make me want to read more of John Owen.

NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher Reformation Heritage Books through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest opinion. The thoughts and words are my own and I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.

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