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Owen on the Christian Life: Living for the Glory of God in Christ

(Theologians on the Christian Life)

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John Owen is widely regarded as one of the most influential English Puritans. As a pastor, he longed to see the glory of Christ take root in people’s lives. As a writer, he continues to encourage us toward discipline and communion with God. His high view of God and deep theological convictions flowed naturally into practical application and a zeal for personal holiness.


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Published September 30th 2015 by Crossway (first published June 30th 2014)
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Owen on the Christian Life is the newest book I've read in Crossway's Theologians on the Christian Life series. Is it fair to compare one book in the series with another? OR how does Owen on the Christian Life compare with other books in the series? I will say that Owen on the Christian Life is not as amazingly-wonderful as Newton on the Christian Life, Packer on the Christian Life, or Calvin on the Christian Life. But I'm not convinced its fair to compare books or theologians like that.

I'll adm
Aaron Miller
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent introduction to Owen with a very helpful guide to reading Owen at the end. The chapters on mortification of sin and Owen's congregationalism [chs. 8 and 9, respectively], are worth the price of the book. I'd recommend this book and subsequent reading of Owen for all young men going into gospel ministry. ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen on the Christian life is wonderful. Barrett and Haykin did a very helpful breakdown of Owen's extensive teaching on the subject. Reading Owen is more enjoyable. ...more
Bradley Somers
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! I have been a fan of Puritans for some time. Have repeatedly began and abandoned Owen's Work of Communion with the Triune God. Each time have made it further into his teaching. This has reignited and clarified my reason to continue to wrestle out Owen's teachings for my Christian life.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I rate entries in this series, I feel like I'm rating the theologian just as much as this particular work. Well, if anyone deserves five stars, it's John Owen (and Barrett and Haykin do a good job of relating his theology, even managing to avoid hitting banging the congregationalist hammer over and over--Owen was a presbyterian who later became a congregationalist). Sinclair Ferguson wrote a very similar book on Owen about thirty years ago, and so these authors sought to focus on other ...more
Shawn Durham
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, theology
“Owen on the Christian Life”, written by Barret & Haykin was one of the most in depth, & studied out books I have read in a very long time. With almost 1,000 citations (976 to be exact), it is safe to say that the authors wanted Owen to speak for himself. Having only read 1 book by Owen (The Mortification of Sin), it was very interesting & helpful to understand more aspects of his thought & theology.

After giving us a brief introduction of Owen in ch. 1, the authors gives us in depth overviews o
Jon Green
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Owen lived an important life with a historic output of great theological writings and with interesting historical events. This book touches on both but focuses more on the theology of course. The book does at times try to tie the two together but mostly it gets his history out of the way and then gets into deep theological writings. It does a good job tieing the things he wrote about in great detail to the theological climate he was living in and to what he felt called to oppose and speak agains ...more
Samuel Parkison
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent work here by Dr. Barrett and Dr. Haykin. This was deeply devotional for me. Owen still speaks, friends; he is Puritanism at its best, and contra popular belief, it offers not heavy handed condemnation, but sweet assurance in a beautiful and sturdy Christ. We all would do well to have more Owen in our lives.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. It's like taking a theology class through the lens of one particular theologian - this being John Owen. Worth the read, and inspired me to read a bit more of Owen himself. To say its quotable is an understatement. I have 177 sentences, paragraphs, or pages highlighted in this book now. So good. ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start...great ending....
I REALLY struggled with this book for a few chapters, especially after the biographical stuff...(it took me a four years to finish reading it!)but i have to say...

I'm so glad I decided not to give up. I started reading an abridged version of The Mortification of Sin by John Owen, then all of a sudden it all made sense and I really wanted to keep reading.
His ecclesiology was enlightening, and I loved the reading recommendations at the end.
I have to recommend this book
Jonathan Franzone
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: calibre, christian, sbts
This is a really good, comprehensive introduction to the life and theology of John Owen. I highly recommend it.
Amy Talbott
An informative book. It is a scholarly book which makes the reading slow at times. I am thankful and do appreciate the introduction to the Puritan thinker and author of John Owen.
Alaric Aumann
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book outlining the theology of John Owen in an understandable fashion. Be prepared though to be surprised at the intellectual thickness of the book.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barrett and Haykin have given us a real gift in "Owen on the Christian Life." It's a great place to start for one who hasn't read any Owen as Barrett and Haykin begin with a biography and then manage to cover most of the major topics Owen addresses, everything from communion with the Trinity to Scriptures to Justification to Mortification and Sanctification.
One of the strengths of the book is how extensively and at what length Owen is quoted. Beyond being faithful in presenting Owen, Barrett and
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"John Owen was a terrible writer. Don’t get me wrong: I suspect he is the greatest of the Reformed theologians (so far, at any rate). In part, this is due to his habit of engaging his theological opponents by taking on their strongest arguments, rather than by setting up straw men and then declaring victory by easily knocking them over. Likewise, he is absolutely unhurried in dealing with theological matters. Owen is quite happy to spend a page articulating the meaning of a single word, a whole ...more
David Luke
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good entry in the series providing a good introduction to Owen. At times it feels a little bit that the authors are trying to shoehorn Owen into their own agenda. Also has a slight feeling of running out of steam in the last few chapters. Sinclair Ferguson's John Owen On the Christian Life is a better introduction to the great man. ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
1. This was lacking something, not sure what, but it wasn't anywhere near as good as the rest of this series. Informative, yes, but not engaging.

2. I need to stop reading books about Owen and read more Owen.
Wes Van Fleet
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Such a helpful overview of the life and theology of one of the greatest minds ever to serve the Lord. Highly recommended.
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Matthew Barrett (MDiv, PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of numerous books, including God's Word Alone, 40 Questions about Salvation, Reformation Theology, John Owen on the Christian Life, and Salvation by Grace. He is also the host of the C ...more

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“I am going to him whom my soul hath loved, or rather who hath loved me with an everlasting love; which is the whole ground of all my consolation. . . . I am leaving the ship of the church in a storm, but whilst the great Pilot is in it the loss of a poor under-rower will be inconsiderable. Live and pray and hope and wait patiently and do not despair; the promise stands invincible that he will never leave thee nor forsake thee. JOHN OWEN, LETTER TO CHARLES FLEETWOOD, AUGUST 22, 1683” 0 likes
“I have had more advantage by private thoughts of Christ, than by any thing in this world; and I think, when a soul hath satisfying and exalting thoughts of Christ himself, his person, and his glory, it is the way whereby Christ dwells in such a soul. If I have observed any thing by experience, it is this, a man may take the measure of his growth, and decay in grace, according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ’s kingdom, and of his love. A heart that is inclined to converse with Christ, as he is represented in the gospel, is a thriving heart; and if estranged from it, and backward to it, it is under deadness and decays.” 0 likes
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