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  • Title: A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
  • Author: William Law
  • ISBN: 9781589600584
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Hardcover

  • 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, LaOriginally 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.
    William Law
    William Law 1686 9 April 1761 was a Church of England priest who lost his position at Emmanuel College, Cambridge when his conscience would not allow him to take the required oath of allegiance to the first Hanoverian monarch, George I Previously William Law had given his allegiance to the House of Stuart and is sometimes considered a second generation non juror an earlier generation of non jurors included Thomas Ken Thereafter, Law first continued as a simple priest curate and when that too became impossible without the required oath, Law taught privately, as well as wrote extensively His personal integrity, as well as mystic and theological writing greatly influenced the evangelical movement of his day as well as Enlightenment thinkers such as the writer Dr Samuel Johnson and the historian Edward Gibbon Law s spiritual writings remain in print today.


    William Law's A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life is the most profoundly challenging, insightful and logical book I have ever read pertaining to my daily life as a Christian. His arguments for the purpose of and motivation for devotion to God (in its many forms) have impacted me in a way that I never would have imagined. I found myself challenged by every chapter and contemplative throughout. Law's arguments touched me intellectually, logically, emotionally, and spiritually. This is not nec [...]

    William Law's "A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life" (1728), deeply influenced the chief actors in the great Evangelical revival in England, George Whitefield and John and Charles Wesley. I first read it while a ministry student in college and have re-read it several times since. It is on my personal list of top 10 life-changing books. A sample of Law is the following on prayer:"Prayer is the nearest approach to God and the highest enjoyment of him that we are capable of in this life. It is [...]

    Simple but so profound!! It definitely stepped on my toes numerous times because it put so many things into true perspective. Our purpose is to live for the glory of God and that requires a constant spirit of devotion. It requires charity to those that we don't think deserve it (because we don't deserve the charity that God shows us). It requires not neglecting our Christian calling, a calling that all receive, regardless of occupation. Clergy are not to be considered more pious or righteous tha [...]

    Pam Nelson
    One of my favorite books of all time. I reread portions frequently!

    A diatribe against nominal Christians. Even though I sympathize with much of what Law says, I find his way of saying it a bit tiresome. I was about to quit reading it and return it to the library but then I came across this line: "[The impious Christian] will sometimes read a book of piety, if it is a short one, if it is much commended for style and language, and she can tell where to borrow it." After that, I had to soldier on for 295 more pages.

    Daniel Beasley
    As a 17 year old new Christ follower I was blessed to have a pastor who wasn't afraid to encourage me jumping in at the deep end. If memory serves, this was the third book he loaned to me and it helped set a fearless course out into learning from 2000 years of Christian wrestling with God.

    Mark Thomas
    Excellent book that is contemporary 200+ years after it was written

    Glen Grunau
    There is probably no one author that has had greater influence over my Christian journey than Dallas Willard. From Willard I learned that the Christian life could not be well lived out of willpower. An inner transformation was required to change my heart and my inner desires before my behaviour could be reliably altered. I always appreciated Willard’s humility, as evident by his frequent claims that his ideas were not original but were found in the writings of numerous ancient historical figur [...]

    Michelle Young
    Humbling and practical. Reminded me what frivolous and vain thoughts sometimes consume me!

    Aaron Downs
    Summary:William Law’s A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life urges believers to consider pursuing piously as a comprehensive life task. His influential work specifically explains and describes devotion, especially in regards to times of prayer. He defines a devout man as one “who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God, who considers God in everything, who serves God in everything, who makes all the parts of his common life parts of [...]

    Tyler Eason
    This is a helpful and convicting book. While he writes from a unique and often aberrant theological perspective (Christian perfectionism), Law gives practical steps to take on the path of holiness that are relevant for believers in every walk of life.

    William Law in this work reminds me of Leo Tolstoy in his late writings. Both of them write with a limpid style, both make moral arguments that are undeniably logical and rational, both make severe and incisive criticisms of Christendom, and not surprisingly, both were excommunicated. If a Christian reader tries to see things through Law's eyes, he would find himself in a dream world, where people, himself included, live in a way that defies logic and reason, either sleepwalking through the day [...]

    A must read classic.The author has a passion for Christ that is most uncommon for this modern age. With line upon line and precept upon precept, he lays down a solid, biblical foundation for understanding the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Once you take the time to carefully read this book, you will see that the work of sanctification in the believer belongs alone to the person of the Holy Spirit.More emphasis is placed on the power of the finished work of Christ than on the struggling Chr [...]

    Garland Vance
    The first several chapters of this book were excellent--worth 6 stars! Law's challenges to Christians centuries ago reads as if he understands current believers. He says that most believers think that the only change in their lives are that they need to introduce devotional practices of prayer & Bible study. Law says that the problem is that we do not desire to please God in all decisions as the best & happiest thing in the world. The next few chapters unpack this & these chapters ar [...]

    I don't claim to have read this cover to cover, but taken in small chunks it's a really interesting study of very dated moral behavior. Law really hates people who gad away their time visiting friends in the countryside on Sundays, for instance. And women who care far too much about their own finery and silk dresses.However, among all the leisure class admonishments are some really good, substantial beliefs about the importance of upholding morality for its own sake, not just for show - which pr [...]

    Dad Bowers
    It was worth reading. Law has a dated 1700's style, for sure, but he expresses well our serious need for a devotional life and he gives lots of practical tips and reasons for this. I probably won't follow his method of dividing the day into various hours of prayer. He seeks that we each remain devoted to Jesus Christ all our days: a most worthy goal in life.

    Theh title of this encompasses the content of this book, with an emphasis on serious. My conscience was certainly piqued at times. This book was written in the early 1700s, so some of the examples seem trite for our modern age. But his chapters on prayer and worship are worth the read.

    James Valentine
    “If you have not chosen the kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.” ― William Law

    Perhaps a bit too serious in places, but a good reminder not to neglect our work on this planet and the preparation thereof.

    Ircolle Colle
    Excellent read for Lent. Short chapters (~5 pages each) make for a great daily devotion. Extremely rich, challenging, and thought provoking.

    Richard Gray
    who I am and who I am not in the greater scheme.

    Nathan Albright
    I would likely never have read quite a few books, including this one, had I not first read a book commending this work as one of 25 books that all Christians should read in their lifetimes [1].  Quite a few of these books have been Christian classics worthy of being read, but this book unfortunately reads like the nagging of an insufferable prig.  A great deal of my considerable annoyance at this book has to do with the framing.  This book is like a minister giving a finger-wagging jeremiad t [...]

    Extremely Legalistic! However, to be fair, the author is a high-church Anglican from the early 18th century. This book was originally published in England in 1728!If you can wade through all of the verbosity and heavy-handedness, there is some good information on fixed-hour prayer.

    Kari Greenaway
    It took me a while to read this book. The word usage was quite exhausting at times. I really enjoyed it overall and feel a deeper desire to continue towards a lifestyle of holiness. Many chapters gave me the impression that I was reading nuggets of wisdom, and I finished this a.m with a strong desire to conform to the many suggestions through-out the book. Glad I read it to the end. I think a lot of self-reflection is necessary whilst reading this to fully utilize the wisdom therein.

    This abridgement of the original text was edited by a group of laymen in the 1950s to make it more readable and accessible to the 20th century reader. William Law's book, published in England in 1728, was written in a time and society in which just about everyone professed to be a Christian and attended church. But Law observed that there were many nominal Christians who appeared to value the teachings of the Bible and attended church on Sundays but were not serious about living out Christ's tea [...]

    Perry Martin
    William Law (1686-1761) wrote A Serious Call in 1729, this book was published in Audiobook form by Christian Audio for the first time 2/2014 and Narrated by Maurice England. The narration of this 13 hour audiobook in understandable English/Old English makes this book accessible to all who can hear for the first time.Law's book is broken into seven areas according to my listening of this Audiobook. Although Piety (Devotion or Religion) and Prayer are themes that run throughout the entire book the [...]

    This is a good book, although it takes a while to get in to. I really began to enjoy it by the time I reached chapter 10. I recommend this book to anyone (who's already a Christianeferably a pretty mature Christian) who enjoys a challenge. Because this book was originally written (I think in the 1700s) you have to really digest what Law is saying because the language is different from today's. Also, Law challenges the reader to strive to reach the next level in their Christian walk and form a ev [...]

    Sharp and clean like the blue end of a blow torch. William Law inflames the part of me that hates God, sapientia carnis. He clears the fog away from so much of what is spoken about holiness. William Law will not allow you to fool yourself. I imagine that his works are probably not all that well read these days, not even among (perhaps especially not among) Anglican ministers. What a voice!The reason why I docked a star is because at times it can lack a certain Godly charm, a healthy gaiety, the [...]

    The title of the work is very appropriate, for the call is serious and the life to which one is called devout and holy. As other reviewers have remarked, Law's style is difficult at first for the twenty-first century reader, but by no means unintelligible. In fact, his constant repetition and various analyses of aspects of devotion from slightly different angles help rather than hinder. He does sound very legalistic at times, but is concerned for constancy and genuineness of inward heart-devotio [...]

    "The Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life" takes effort to read. William Law is wordy, considers his points from many angles, and sounds legalistic. Law argues that it is in our best interest to live the godliest lives possible. He paints a picture of what this would look like to him. While he makes some good points, the first part of the book was a struggle to get through. Thankfully the second part is worth the struggle. Most of the gems are hidden in the second half of the book when he turn [...]

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