by Jeremy Taylor
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This book is the second volume in a two-volume devotional set. While this volume seeks
to provide insight into how Christians can prepare themselves for eternity, its partner
volume, Holy Living, offers readers advice concerning how to live a virtuous Christian
life. The first half of Holy Dying delivers practical suggestions for cleansing and building
up the soul in godly fashion. The latter half includes a memorial sermon both for a friend
of his and for Christians who have died generally. Taylor's work has received praise not
just for its devotional merit, but also for the delicate musicality of its prose. Both John
Wesley and Samuel Taylor Coleridge held Taylor's achievements in equally high regard.
Today, Taylor's practical wisdom still reads like prose poetry.
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