Life of God in the Soul of Man
by Henry Scougal
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Life of God in the Soul of Man was written
by seventeenth century, Scottish minister Henry Scougal.
It is a long letter, written to a friend who had lost the
faith. Consequently, Life of God in the Soul of Man is
supportive, and its tone is one of friendship and love,
betraying a true passion in Scougal's work. Being a
letter, The Life of God in the Soul of Man is somewhat
short. It is divided into three parts. In the first part,
Scougal provides an immensely instructive investigation of the true
nature of religion. He addresses several poor conceptions of God and
religion before turning to true religion--the "life of God in the son of
man." In the second part, he explains the benefits of true religion. He
focuses on the "excellence of divine love." The love of God, he
emphasizes, is a great love, worth having! Nevertheless, in the third
part, Scougal recognizes the difficulties in following God. He thus
encourages the dependence upon divine assistance, and the contemplation
of scripture in developing a Godly life. Although the writing is
somewhat dated, Life of God in the Soul of Man is a tour de
spiritual wisdom, which has served countless spiritual
CCEL Staff Writer