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The Saints' Everlasting Rest

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  31 reviews
While suffering from a critical illness, Richard Baxter set his thoughts on heaven: Who is it for? What is it like? How can we prepare for it? Baxter defines eternal heavenly rest as the happiest state a Christian can experience. Baxter believed that heaven was a state of perfect freedom from evil where Christians can enjoy pure, unmediated union with God. Baxter encourage ...more
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Douglas Wilson
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Edifying and worthwhile.
David Huff
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the wise advice of C. S. Lewis, “It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” Lewis went on to elaborate: "Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books."

I am trying to make application of his advice more ofte
Jonty Haywood
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baxter himself sums up why a book like this is an absolute must-read for every Christian:

"If there be so certain and glorious a rest for the saints, why is there no more earnest seeking after it? One would think, if a man did but once hear of such unspeakable glory to be obtained, and believed what he heard, he would be transported with the vehemency of his desire after it, and would almost forget to eat and drink, and would care for nothing else, and speak of and inquire after nothing else, but
Dan Glover
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this for a class on spiritual classics. Baxter advocates contemplating (prayer, reason, will, affections, etc.) our future, eternal, full union with God in heavenly rest as the proper orientation for living a Godward earthly life. This keeps all things in their proper context and keeps the temporariness of his life ever before our minds/hearts. It serves to show that the truly important things in this life are those that assist us to attain eternal rest in God's presence and whatever hind ...more
Pig Rieke
Disclaimer: I’ve only listened to this one on Audible.

If you have been impacted by JI Packer, then you’ve probably been impacted by this book. The work, written for laymen, looks to expound the joys of heaven and warn of the horrors of hell. The work is by no means a straw man turn or burn sermon; rather, Baxter invites his readers to think on the great pleasures that are soon to be theirs in God’s heavenly abode and consider the goodness of God in transferring His saints from the dominion of da
Norman Falk
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Baxter really understand what Paul menas with: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭
I borrowed it (in Spanish) but after 7 pages read, I knew that I must get my own copy. Reading Baxter is a way I battle for joy in God. Highly recommended.
Dave Shulse
Jul 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
The Bible tells us many things about heaven and the future inheritance which belongs to those who put their faith in Christ. In this book, Baxter translated my thoughts away from my attachment to this world, where I take pleasure in what I sense every day, what I dream or envision to happen in the here and now, and caused me to reflect on eternal life, a life in the presence and work of God. This did not encourage me to neglect fruit-bearing here on earth, but altered my focus to look beyond my ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Verbose, as most Puritans are, but breathtaking in bringing quietness and peace to the soul through so much truth and practical wisdom, from a heart overflowing with love and feeling in gazing upon our God and Saviour! I was incredibly convicted by my repeated failings to meditate as I ought on the most blessed and comforting truths of our salvation, and I found so much refreshment from this blessed Divine.

An excerpt below:
“Draw yet nearer, O my soul! With thy most fervent love. Here is matter
Ronnie Nichols
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr Baxter encourages the reader to seek our eternal inheritance at the expense of temporary suffering, sorrow, or delight. The beatific vision is a message rarely spoken about in modern Christian circles, but The Saints' Everlasting Rest is a wonderful reminder of the hope that awaits the believing child of God. The more of these "Puritan Classics" I read the more sadly I'm reminded of how far modern Christianity has fallen away from sound theology and doctrine. This timeless treasure can be obt ...more
Cole Ramirez
This fact that this book has so many extremely positive reviews has left me wondering if perhaps they all read a different translation than me. I know I didn't read the 1650 version, but you wouldn't know that by the language used. This was practically faith-based Shakespeare.

The content was good but redundant at times. If this is the abridged version, I pity the reader who had to slog through the complete original.

I do love old books, and I see the value in reading the Christian classics, but
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timeless words of encouragement. Written over 400 years ago, this little book encourages the readers to constantly live as though we are already living on the New Earth, which will be our ultimate dwelling place.

Although written so long ago, the truths contained within the pages of this book are timeless, as edifying today as they were in the 1650s when the book was first published.

When times are difficult and we seem to be on the verge of despair, let us consider our eternal rest with God and
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most significant and powerful books I've ever read. Baxter is both theologically rich and personable, both gravely serious and pastorally tender. A joyous, quite challenging read that presents you with the weighty reality of eternity and what it means to be someone whose eternal pursuit is Jesus. The unabridged version is worth the length and no word is wasted. Just a significant and incredible book to read through. ...more
Josh Kary
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book after receiving the news of that my aunt only had days to live. She was a faithful pilgrim right to the end, her eyes fixed on this everlasting rest. This book served me well by exciting my affections for the future inheritance stored up for me. It was a bit repetitive at times (as Puritans often are), but there are so many treasures to find here. It should leave every Christian longing for heaven and to be found faithful to the end.
Christopher Brehm
“Take a daily walk in the New Jerusalem.” This is one of a very few books that I wanted
to start right back at the beginning as soon as I finished it. For the Christian we should meditate on Heaven as that is the real world and our reality is the fleeting dung hill. Yet we are so very distracted by so many things in this world. We are distracted away from the work that Christ has called us to do I’m this world. I will be reading this many times over in the years to come.
Larry F. Schutz
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Other than the Bible, I have never read a book that is its equal!

I'm left speechless! Saints Everlasting Rest is a book whose warnings of hell are savage and whose portraits of heaven are exquisite! God willing, I will read Saint's Everlasting Rest again and again in my remaining time in this world!
Valerie Romero
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc2021
this might be a new fave of all puritans... Baxter is always amazing. he cuts to the truth so carefully and thoroughly while offering so much hope and encouragement. he never holds back. this is NOT an ear-tickling book... but a gracious beckon to walk in the light and live in light of Christ's return... which can happen at any moment. ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am two chapters in and in love. What a glorious book.
Abdelrahman Mustafa
This could save lives.
Richard Mounce
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well done, and super convicting. The opening chapter is great.
Darby Hughes
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful. Great in parts, especially toward the end, where Baxter climaxes much of what he has taught and applies it to himself personally as a soliloquy. A bit too methodical and exhaustive in the middle, as the puritans often are.

Most of the book is designed to inspire, motivate, and encourage the Christian toward seeking things above, which allows them to view this life and its concerns, sins, joys, sorrows, possessions, etc. in an accurate light.

Only a brief part at the beginning is take
Todd Wilhelm
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Certainly the thoughts of everlasting rest may be as delightful to souls in the present day, as they have ever been to those of past generations. I am sure such thoughts are as absolutely necessary now; nor are temptations to neglect them either fewer or weaker than formerly. The worth of everlasting rest is not felt, because a thousand trifles are preferred before it. But were the divine reasonings of this book duly attended to, (and O that the Spirit and grace of the Redeemer may make them so ...more
Jeremy Egerer
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit before writing too much that as with Baxter's other works, his heavenly ideal is so high, and the methods of pursuing it so perfect, that I was left with a sincere and heartfelt admiration for the man, a clear and compelling view of heaven, and nearly absolute disappointment in myself. Life is short; this book is a no-nonsense reminder that heaven exists, and that we must prepare ourselves to go there. I can't recommend this work highly enough -- aside from Baxter's other works, I hav ...more
Dwain Minor
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baxter moves the believer to see his glorious inheritance purchased for him by the work of Christ. This contemplation of the glory of our eternal rest causes us to be more heavenly minded and think rightly about the things of this world. It is a call to think much of God's glorious promises to His people and little of the fleeting pleasures of this world.

This is an excellent book that is well worth the read.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tough book to read, as the content is dense. But the trek through the book is worth the time and effort. All of us will die one day, and what better way to prepare for it by reading the puritans, whose lives are lived thoroughly with their end in mind?
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grandmom died, so I read this. Richard Baxter was a puritan, so reading his works is like being burned from the inside. It's excruciatingly painful, but it makes one stronger and of purer alloy. ...more
Lynda Newman
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This unique book was written to prepare Christians for their new life of rest in heaven. Something to read occasionally and have next to your bed to be contemplating on when He comes to get you.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really fantastic book on the hope of heaven and the view of eternity.
Ben James
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The biggest negative about this book is that quotes from Scripture do not provide references. A big negative. If you can find an edition with references GET IT!
Peter Stonecipher
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A helpful, extended meditation on a neglected subject, the hope of heaven. Baxter thoroughly examines the rest believers have before them and how to take hold of that rest - in small part - now.
Mike E.

Though the Word and the Spirit do the main work, yet suffering so unbolts the door of the heart, that the Word hath easier entrance. (66)
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Richard Baxter was an English Puritan church leader, poet, hymn-writer, theologian, and controversialist. Dean Stanley called him "the chief of English Protestant Schoolmen". After some false starts, he made his reputation by his ministry at Kidderminster, and at around the same time began a long and prolific car

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