Practice of Piety: Directing a Christian How to Walk, that He May Please God.

by Lewis Bayly


Written originally in 1611, The Practice of Piety is a powerful work on Christian piety and practical living. Deeply influential on the Puritan movement, The Practice of Piety systematically investigates piety, beginning with a detailed account of God and Christ. In it, Bayly contrasts the "misery" of someone not reconciled to Christ with the happiness of the "godly man" who is reconciled to God. Bayly diagnoses the various problems that keep people from experiencing true piety, offering solutions to each so that one may remain pious in one's everyday life. However, the majority of The Practice of Piety is various meditations and prayers for believers, which Bayly intended to advance piety. Extremely practical and personally enriching, The Practice of Piety is bound to change the way one lives.

Tim Perrine
CCEL Staff Writer

About Lewis Bayly

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Picture of Lewis Bayly
Born: AD 1565
Died: October 26, 1631
Related topics: Puritans--Doctrines, Piety, Christian life--Anglican authors, Algonquian languages, Texts, …
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