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The Art of Divine Contentment

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Based on Philippians 4:11, I have learned, in whatever state I am therewith to be content, Watson considers the great dishonor done to almighty God by the sin of discontent. The doctrine of Christian contentment is clearly illustrated and profitably applied. The special cases where, through changes in providences, discontentment most commonly arises are examined and preser ...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by Puritan Audio (first published March 1st 2001)
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Jan 22, 2015 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a review, but just a comment on "murmuring". This was a great book though.

This is a sin I haven’t really been aware of much lately. It isn’t talked about often. Thomas Watson writes about this in The Art of Divine Contentment. I’ve been making an effort to think more positively, or less negatively, but when he uses the word murmur and explains it like he does, it’s very convicting. I can see how this is subtly insidious, and the devil would love to see a lot of it, without our ever re
Jan 03, 2016 Jonah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a gem, and readily tweetable. Watson has so many good one-liners and metaphors, and each one is a golden nugget. Not only is this book tweetable, it is practical. One quibble I have with Watson's view on contentment is that he takes a wartime mentality to the Christian faith. Whittle everything away and live with the necessities. This will help fight temptation and vanity. I agree to a point. We are at war, to be sure, but we are fighting a war already won. In Christ the Dragon has ...more
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Jan 26, 2016 Valerie Kyriosity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've learned my lesson. I can't listen to non-narrative books while I'm working. Fiction and biography work OK, but following an argument apparently takes the same part of my brain as working out the problems of a book layout. So, despite repeating quite a few sections, I didn't hear carefully enough to give this a really fair assessment. But I caught some gems along the way and a few things I'd have to give a closer thought to. I'll have to go through it more carefully sometime (and likely give ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book truly changed my life & is at the top of my list of very favorites. The book so endeared Thomas Watson to me & gave me new hope concerning be content in the midst of afflictions that never depart. I encourage every Christian to add this to their library & there just isn't enough room or time for me to name all the worthwhile attributes of this wonderful life-changing masterpiece!
Dec 31, 2013 Jlnpeacock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a joy and conviction to read this book. Thomas Watson clearly provides excellent instruction on Biblical passages dealing with our need for gratitude to our Heavenly Father, thus the result of contentment. The chapters are written so that the book could easily be used by a group for study or for an individual for devotional work. The importance of thanksgiving to God cannot be stressed enough. If one is properly viewing the works of God, then all things will be a cause for gratitude. Watson ...more
Shannon Cooper
If you're doing a study on contentment this is a good book to accompany your study. Right away Watson gets to the heart of the matter in that if you are discontent, "you set yourself above God and act as if you were wiser than He, and would sassily prescribe to Him what condition is best for you!" That would be an ouch. The book is based off Philippians 4:11 "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." There are a couple spots in the book that I personally thought Watson ...more
I struggled a bit to get thru this book because it was written so long ago but at the same it came from a different time but the message will always remain the same. Contentment brings us closer to the Lord and that we can see his will for us. Contentment is learned it is not by nature. It is the battle of the mind. When we are discontented, impatience, anger, bitterness, envy, jealousy are the fruit of discontentment. "O God my heart is fixed Psalm 57:7. When my heart is fixed I am in tune to s ...more
Brian Algie
Feb 01, 2016 Brian Algie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that you need to buy and not stick on the shelf but pick it up and read. The book will likely help you see that you are a discontented Christian but will motivate you and equip you, by God's grace, to be a contented one.
Feb 24, 2015 Gosunflowers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This should be five stars, but my brain just wasn't as sharp as it should have been. Watson is a little harder to read than some of the other Puritans. Solid advice on living a life filled with contentment.
Erik Spohr
Apr 23, 2014 Erik Spohr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic for a reason. A simply excellent unfolding of the subject of divine contentment.
Tom Brainerd
Apr 11, 2014 Tom Brainerd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Watson's exposition of this Art leaves little to be desired, when considering the fullsomeness of his work, and much to be desired in becoming contented. What a book.
Michael Pursley
Mar 01, 2014 Michael Pursley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very, Very Good.
Mattandbecky Hancock
Truly refreshing to ponder the subject of contentment so in depth.
Aug 28, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this book is a little bit difficult to read as many of Watson's are, it truly has a great message that any Christian needs to hear over and over again. What do we need that we do not already have in Christ? For what then shall we be discontent, is simply the message of this book. It really was a very convicting book an excellent read but I highly recommend to everyone who is struggling with contentment or seeking to know where in we find our contentment as Christians
Mark A Powell
Dec 24, 2013 Mark A Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learning contentment is an art that takes much time and effort to master, though Watson argues that it is an indispensable part of Christian maturity. With thoroughness Watson walks through the ways in which we can foster contentment and the challenges to cultivating such a spirit. Although verbose in places (despite a modernization by Don Kistler) the body of work is one that deserves a wider reading and application by those whose greatest treasure is Christ.
Paul Finch
Sep 04, 2014 Paul Finch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Watson is a must read to gird you up for your daily walk with Christ. He will help you find the true reasons for contentment in your life--whatever the circumstance.
CJ Bowen
Dec 31, 2015 CJ Bowen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderful. Watson is the most enjoyable of the Puritan writers, and mines Phil. 4:11 for over a hundred pages of sweet insights, memorably expressed. Contentment is foundational to Christian character, and Watson is a sure guide to understanding it, desiring it, and finding it in Christ.
Matt Chapman
Feb 11, 2013 Matt Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! There is a mine of practical application throughout but ultimately Watson seeks to remind the Christian that his contentment is not simply in abstract truths or right-thinking but in Christ himself. A Christian has that which may make him content because he has Christ.
Mardi Barker
Sep 12, 2012 Mardi Barker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all time favorite books. I need to reread this book every couple years. Is contentment illusive to you? You need this book! It is convicting, encouraging, and thought provoking. Take every thought captive and learn contentment with me!
Really excellent! This is my second favorite puritan book, second only to Heaven Taken by Storm, also by Thomas Watson.
Becky Pliego
A book we must read over and over until we learn contentment.
Todd Price
Wonderful book. One of my all-time favorites!
Jeff Learned
Jan 01, 2012 Jeff Learned rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thomas Watson (c. 1620—1686) was an English, non-conformist, Puritan preacher and author. He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was noted for remarkably intense study. In 1646 he commenced a sixteen year pastorate at St. Stephen's, Walbrook. He showed strong Presbyterian views during the civi
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