Selection from his Letters
by Samuel Rutherford
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This volume features approximately 70
letters written by Samuel Rutherford to members of his
church after the English Episcopacy exiled him for his
nonconformist beliefs. In many of Rutherford's letters, it is evident by
his tone that he was struggling with the deep sorrow of being separated
from his church family. Each letter is addressed to its recipient by
name. Often, a heading will indicate the particular reason for
Rutherford's letter, usually a death or illness in the recipient's
family. Having experienced the death of his wife and two children years
before his exile, Rutherford was inspired by God to become a comforter
to those who suffered personal loss. Sometimes, Rutherford wrote letters
to congratulate an individual on his or her conversion to the faith.
Other times, Rutherford sent letters of blessing and encouragement. Each
letter is unique in style and reflects Rutherford's sincere love for his
congregation. The short letters in this volume are wonderful pieces for
meditation and reflection.
CCEL Staff Writer