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The Soul of Life: The Piety of John Calvin (Profiles In Reformed Spirituality)

Beeke, Joel (ed.)

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Listen to a lecture by Joel Beeke entitled John Calvin on Comprehensive Piety. (Sermon Audio)


"I call "piety" that reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of His benefits induces. For until men recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished by His fatherly care, that He is the Author of their every good, that they should seek nothing beyond Him - they will never yield him willing service. Nay, unless they establish their complete happiness in Him, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to Him."
- John Calvin

John Calvin is the most notable figure from the Reformed tradition. Unfortunately, he is often characterized as a stern and cerebral individual who had little concern for practical matters. However, Calvin was actually influential in promoting a profound sense of piety among early Protestantism.

In The Soul of Life, Joel R. Beeke presents the life and ministry of Calvin with a special emphasis on Calvin's efforts for cultivating healthy spirituality among the churches. The selections from Calvin's own work will give readers a firsthand look at Calvin's emphasis on godliness, and by God's grace, will be a means for spurring on greater godliness in our day.

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