Grace and Duty of being Spiritually Minded
by John Owen
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Thomas Chalmers wrote that Owen’s book on Spiritual-Mindedness
holds ‘a distinguished rank among the voluminous writings of this
celebrated author.’ For him three features made it very special: the force
with which it applies truth to the conscience; the way Owen plumbs the
depths of Christian experience as a skilful physician of the soul; the
uncovering of the secrets of the mind and heart so that the true spiritual
state of the reader is discovered. This book began life as a collection of
meditations on Romans viii. 6, which were written for the author’s own
benefit during a time of illness. Alarmed by the subtle power the world
exercises over the mind, Owen shows us how to really live by raising our
thoughts above all earthly objects and setting them on ‘things above, where
Christ is.’ A favorite book of William Wilberforce, it contains some
passages which are not surpassed in all of Owen’s writings. It comes from
the pen of a tender-hearted pastor whose only purpose is to encourage the
believer in the ongoing battle against sin.