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Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live

by Richard Baxter

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This 17th century Puritan devotional became wildly popular even after only a year following its publication. In some ways, the book’s popularity was somewhat of an anomaly. A myriad of new Puritan devotional books became available in bookshops every year, and Baxter’s book contained a standard exposition of the New Testament narrative. Baxter’s style, however, gripped people and urged them to share his book with others. In contrast to other contemporaneous Puritan devotionals, Baxter’s approach of communicating to his readers was a personal one. He addressed them as “you” rather than with such generic terms as “people” or “Christians;” he used a pastoral tone rather than a preachy one. A century later, George Whitefield, the great Methodist evangelist, would cite Baxter’s Call to the Unconverted as one of the most refreshing pieces of Christian discourse from the recent past.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff
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Richard Baxter
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: November 12, 1615, Rowton, Shropshire
Died: December 8, 1691, London
Related topics: Baxter, Richard,--1615-1691, Christian life, Church of England, Controversial literature, Conversion
Basic information: Richard Baxter (12 November 1615 – 8 December 1691) was an English Puritan church leader, poet, hymn-writer, theologian, and controversialist. Dean Stanley called him "the chief of English Protestant Schoolmen". After some false starts, he made his reputation by his ministry at Kidderminster, and at around the same time began a long and prolific career as theological writer.
Popular works: Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live, Practical Works of Richard Baxter, Reformed Pastor, Saints' Everlasting Rest, Causes and Danger of Slighting Christ and His Gospel.