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Heaven Taken by Storm: Showing the Holy Violence a Christian is to Put Forth in the Pursuit After Glory (Puritan Writings)

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Many today believe that the Christian life is rather easy to both obtain and live. But the Puritans saw it as warfare, as wrestling, as “holy violence,” to use their term. The Apostle Paul spoke of beating his own body into subjection. And this holy violence is to be brought not only against one’s self, but against Satan, the world, and heaven too. And in this confrontatio ...more
Hardcover, 129 pages
Published 2000 by Soli Deo Gloria Ministries (first published July 1994)
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Douglas Wilson
Watson is by far and away my favorite Puritan writer. This book is crammed full of pithy wisdom and evangelical fervor.
Jessica Courter
A must read for every believer.

We must be violent for Heaven. We must stoke our affections at the fire of scripture to fight sin and pursue God passionately every moment of our life.

just a couple of my favorite quotes:

"If you are not violent for Heaven, you walk antipodes to your own prayers. You pray that God's will may be done by you on earth, 'as it is done in Heaven.' Now how is God's will done in Heaven? Are not the angels swift in doing the will of God, like the stars above the equinoctia
Joshua Smith
This book will get anyone pumped up about living out his faith. It is a very practical look concerning why our hearts resist God and His gracious gifts to us. It also paints a healthy picture of what Christians have ahead of us on the path to glory, namely the hope of the rewards of heaven and the persecutions of the world. Watson stresses that the reward of heaven far outweighs the pain or persecution of this temporal and transient world, therefore we should strive all the more for that gloriou ...more
For those who think the Christian life is easy, this book is a good antidote. Christ's yoke is easy, but He also calls us to plucking out right eyes and cutting off right hands. Few works written recently treat the Christian life with the seriousness that it deserves. This work by an old English Puritan does so. Let us take advantage of it.
Paul Finch
Watson is my second pastor. I read him to animate my soul toward the things of God on a daily basis so I am not as "ungodly"--as Jerry Bridges uses that word in Respectable Sins.
An incredible read.

"Men could be content to have the kingdom of Heaven; but they are loathe to fight for it. They choose rather to go in a feather before to He'll than to be carried to Heaven in. 'Fiery chariot ' of zeal and violence "
Carl Hesler
I should have stayed away from this book while I was overtired, but it was convicting and helpful. The quote I most remember is something like: "Do we pray in the morning as if we would die by night?" This book has eternity in view.
Bob Ladwig
I studied this book with some good friends from Church, I appreciated the book more having different eyes go over it than my own.
This is a must read for all Christians! Best book I have read on the necessary of living a life of holy violence.
Just beginning to read this as part of my morning devotions with the kids.
Don Bryant
One of my top five favorite books. I go back to it again and again.
All things for Good is great! What will this book be like?
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Excellent book on what it takes to live for Christ.
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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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“Men could be content to have the kingdom of heaven; but they are loathe to fight for it. They choose rather to go in a feather bed to hell than to be carried to heaven in a ‘fiery chariot’ of zeal and violence.” 4 likes
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