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The Mystery of Providence has ratings and 64 reviews. K.M. said: Took me a while to fully appreciate the book. The first half focuses a little too mu. Based on Psalm , ‘The Mystery of Providence’ by John Flavel shows how providence works for us in every stage and experience of our lives. pp. The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel – Contents. Introduction; The Evidence of Providence; The Work of Providence for the Saints; Our Birth and Upbringing.

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It is no accident that we are born when and where we are, with the parents we have, and in the way we have been raised. I’ve enjoyed this book by the Puritan John Flavel.

However, perseverance with the text, the concepts, ideas and applications of Scripture yield some majestic treasures. You can read my full review at Quieted Waters. It’s not such a simple nor painless task when everything around us is turmoil and confusion. See the Puritans in a new light as well, though quaint, they’re quite human and not divorced from the realities of life, as you may have imagined.

It was a saying of that worthy man, Dr. Flavel shows how providence is not merely a random act of kindness by God, sometimes noticed by us every once in a while in our lives, but that it is indeed the gracious hand of God working in every aspect of our lives effecting the perfect will of our sovereign Lord.

As with most writings from this time period and genre, the text will hardly honor the reader who assumes that he might flippantly peruse it. Aug 09, Mark A Powell rated it it was amazing. But for the person who will give the time to apprehend this most sacred of subjects, he will not be disappointed with the assistance of The Mystery of Providence.

The Mystery of Providence

It is also a good lesson in being thankful for the mercies of God’s providence, instead of always complaining about what isn’t the way I want it to be. But the second half is absolutely marvelous in its focus on faith over fear and trust in the sovereignty of Providencd. Want to Read saving…. I enjoyed this volume. Our own projects have come to nothing, and that which we never thought of or contrived has taken place; flwvel our choice of the ground, or skill in weighing and delivering the bowl, but some unforeseen providence, like a rub in the green, was that which made the cast.


It made me grateful all over again for the list of blessings I recorded when my husband was diagnosed with and went through treatment for cancer.

But Flavel demonstrates from numerous biblical precepts and examples that mystefy God’s dealings are indeed mysterious, they are always exacting and purposeful. He died suddenly of paralysis at Exeter on 26 Juneand was buried in Dartmouth churchyard. An excellent avenue for considering the workings of providence.

Aug 02, Melinda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Flavel expounds on these eternal truths.

The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel

Books by John Flavel. This was great advice. What this book really challenged me was to reflect in my own lives the providence of God and His divine favor and mercy–and how God has been the one who had a better plan than I did and led me to the right direction. The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel. Paperbackflafel.

In a systematic fashion, Flavel first lays down the groundwork for the reader, surrounding the reader with all the evidences of Providence that accompany the saint day flzvel day throughout his life, even from before conversion. Wood bitterly comments on the violence of providdnce dissent. Walplate, had become infirm. One of the most timely and prividence books I’ve read in a long time. And what of guidance?

I have already marked several sections in it to providencs to in times of change in life job changes, difficulties, etc. Though at times you may be challenged to agree with the authors assertion that n The most encouraging and friendly book I’ve read in a vlavel time. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Well worth the wait to the penultimate chapter when he discusses the benefit of trials. This is a practical and devotional book on God’s providence that purposes to bolster the faith of those who are waivering in the midst of difficult circumstances, and rekindle a dependency on God in flwvel who, enjoying comfortable circumstances, have drifted away from reliance on Him.


The author also balances discussion about providence and His guidance with the need for the Word of God as the directing norms in our lives, and not use the excuse that providence has allowed us the door to go sin. We often overlook providence in our lives, but yet for the Christian it touches everything we do. Walplate’s assistant by the classis at Salisbury. This is a sure rule: Feb 15, Peter N. Certainly not a good book to give to non-Christians, but then again, that was not the mystegy the writer had in mind.

Now it is a challenging read, not least because if reflects a use of the English language There are books that are written for a particular season of life and experience and then are other books which, although they may be more relevant in particular seasons of life, are whole-life books.

It’s a difficult book, at least to me at the time last year. I was introduced to this prolific writer, and dedicated Puritan through the reading of this book.

May 17, Wallace rated it it was amazing. This book does not encourages me in my faith, nor does it show me unknown features of my awesome God. But Flavel demonstrates from numerous biblic Arguably, the definable strength of the Puritans lied in their ability to take a subject like the providence of God and squeeze out all that Scripture teaches on the matter.

The most encouraging and friendly book I’ve read in a long time. I assume that I rule over all and it is up to me to direct my life for good.