Overcoming Sin And Temptation: Three Classic Works

Overcoming Sin And Temptation: Three Classic Works
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Publisher's Description

The writings of John Owen are a challenge to any reader, to say the least. His intricacy and complexity are intimidating and his language is downright befuddling at times. However, the depth of thought and the immense value of Owen's works cannot be quantified. His three classic works on sin and temptation are profoundly helpful to any believer who seeks to become more like Jesus Christ.

In this volume, the editors have made updates to the language, translated the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew and footnoted difficult or unknown phrases, all without sacrificing any of the wonderful content of Owen's work. It is a uniquely accessible edition of John Owen's previously daunting work.

This volume includes Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers, Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It, and Indwelling Sin.

Includes a Foreword by John Piper

About the Author

Known as the "theologian's theologian," John Owen (1616–83) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active of the Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe, he was an erudite and accomplished theologian both in doctrine and practical theology.

About the Editors

Kelly M. Kapic is associate professor of biblical and theological studies at Covenant College in Georgia. Kapic and his wife have two children.

Justin Taylor is vice president of book publishing and an associate publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books, including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things, and Reclaiming the Center. He blogs at Between Two Worlds, hosted by the Gospel Coalition.

Book Details

462 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: October 2006
ISBN 10: 1581346492
ISBN 13: 9781581346497

“The rise of new antinomianisms within the Reformed church is a cause for real pastoral concern and yet any effective response to these must be rooted in a biblical understanding of sin, of the psychology of sinning, and the means by which the believer can put such sin to death. Nobody has ever done that better than John Owen and yet, such are the proclivities of our age that many Christians are put off reading him simply by the sheer physical size and density of the volumes containing his works. Thus, Kapic and Taylor have done the church a great service by making Owen's key texts on the issues of indwelling sin and mortification available in an attractive format. This book should be on the bookshelf of every Christian who cares about personal holiness and every pastor who cares about his people.”
- Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley, Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

“With a volume of Owen in your hands you may wonder why you have wasted so much time reading lesser things. True, as Dr. John ("Rabbi") Duncan once said, if you are going to read this you will need to 'prepare yourself for the knife.' But that knife is the scalpel of one of the finest spiritual surgeons in the history of the church. Owen understood as few have how the gospel makes us well. Three cheers for everything Kapic and Taylor are doing to introduce a new generation of Christians to Owen's peerless works.”
- Sinclair B. Ferguson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Get hold of this volume edited by Kapic and Taylor. See it as an essential matter to read and devour. But prepare yourself for pain, for Owen will take no prisoners. If you want to keep living the humdrum, half-hearted life of faith you currently do, then pass it by.”
- Derek Thomas, Read the full review at Reformation21

“The greatest Christian writers are those who most powerfully project to spiritual readers the knowledge of God, of ourselves, and of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Among these are Augustine, Calvin, Edwards, and the Puritan John Owen, who ought to be better known than he is. The editors of this volume have worked hard to make Owen's unrivalled insight into the Christian's inner war with sin accessible to all, and the result is truly a godsend. Filled with classic devotional theology which, like Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, needs to be read again and again to be properly grasped, we have in the three treatises presented here a companion for life.”
- J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

“Dr. Lovelace, in his Basic Dynamics course at Gordon-Conwell, made us read On Temptation and On Mortification. And that’s where I discovered John Owen in 1972... I wouldn’t be in the ministry—my life would be a shipwreck—if I hadn’t read that book.”
- Tim Keller, Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, NY

“John Owen's three treatises on sin, mortification, and temptation are a priceless treasure. To read them is to mine spiritual gold. Unfortunately, as in mining, reading Owen is hard work. Now, Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor have made Owen's work accessible to modern readers while still retaining his unique writing style. Anyone concerned about personal holiness will profit from reading this new edition of a classic work.”
- Jerry Bridges, Navigators Community Ministries Group

“Sin is tenacious, but by God's grace we can hate it and hunt it. John Owen provides the master guide for the sin-hunter. Kapic and Taylor bring together three of Owen's classics, clarifying them in simple ways—but all the substance, the careful, hounding arguments are still there to train our spiritual sight and love our soul.”
- Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

“John Owen is a spiritual surgeon with the rare skill to cut away the cancer of sin and bring gospel healing to the sinner's soul. Apart from the Bible, I have found his writings on sin and temptation to be the best books ever written for helping me to stop sinning the same old sins. Now Owen's profound thinking on spiritual change in the Christian life is available in a user-friendly format that will help a new generation gain gospel victory over the power of remaining sin.”
- Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

“No writer has taught me more about the dynamics of the heart and the deceitfulness of sin than John Owen. Reading his writing has been life-changing, although at times his seventeenth-century style can be a challenge to modern ears. How grateful I am that Kapic and Taylor have invested their time and considerable skills to bring Owen's profound and practical teaching to a modern audience. Read this book carefully; it will help you understand your heart and experience God's grace.”
- C. J. Mahaney, President, Sovereign Grace Ministries