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The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  3,183 ratings  ·  269 reviews
We live our lives in a discontented world and it is all too easy for the Christian to share its spirit. This book remedies this spiritual disease in practical biblical ways.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published August 1st 1981 by Banner of Truth (first published 1648)
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Jan 06, 2008 added it
In typical puritan style, not for the faint of heart. When you get to the point that you are done with pop-christianity and McChristian books, look no farther than this book for weighty, spiritual depth and life-changing principles. Read slowly in order to digest everything. It is packed full of sound principles; not to be skimmed in a day. But worth all the effort.
Steve Hemmeke
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series of sermons by the Puritan Burroughs is a rare jewel of solid counsel and instruction for those battling discontent in their souls.

Discontent is all around us. We vent it in coffee shops to friends. Ads for the next cool thing cultivate it for us. In one of the most prosperous societies ever, discontent rages.

Contentment is an inward, quiet submission of the heart, which takes pleasure in God's providence in every situation. So says Burroughs. Many have contentment who don't have much
Becky Pliego
2020: Always timely.

2019: So good.

2018: Challenging and comforting. So much yet to be learned.

2016: So much wisdom here. I pray I will be a good student and learn my lessons well.
Jon Pentecost
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly good. 10/5 stars.

Read during Covid lockdown, which was a very timely season to reflect on contentment. This is a book full of good, gentle, gracious heart surgery that commends the goodness of Christ in the gospel.

Recommend to anyone breathing
Natalie Weber
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
One of my friends encouraged me to read this book in preparation for a talk I was asked to give on the topic of contentment. She even let me borrow her copy so that I could read it! Mr. Burroughs first published the book in 1648, and it is loaded with wonderful insights, vivid analogies, helpful explanations, and practical applications. One of the most striking explanations that I gleaned from the book is that most Christians don’t handle affliction or loss with contentment because they don’t ex ...more
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read! Every Christian in America needs to read this book. We complain and complain, or as Burroughs says, "Murmur, Murmur, Murmur..." No matter our circumstance, the current economic problems, or whatever, we find our contentment in Christ and Christ alone. Please, people who read this, read this book and be changed. Thanks be to God that in His providence He raised up men like Burroughs to write things like this. Soli Deo Gloria! ...more
Mark Popovitch
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, excellent book! Highly recommended! Practical insights into a difficult virtue for the Christian, yet vitally needed. In typical Puritan style, the pacing of the book may be a little slow and seemingly dry to our modern ears, yet I find this is a strength of the book, for it causes the reader to be attentive, intentional, and put in the effort to pull up and plod forward when we want to step on the gas. We may want to get to “the sensational”, but what we need is to slow down and “pai ...more
Abby Jones
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (A short review)
By Jeremiah Burroughs

I started reading this book, providentially, at the same time I faced chronic health issues that sapped my energy and forced me to be house bound and mostly couch bound. What a blessing from the Lord! This book challenged me to keep my heart in the right place, trust the Lord, and seek the spiritual growth that comes from affliction.
This is an excellent, easy-to-read, manual for every believer on the importance of conte
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent book and one I wish I owned a copy of to refer when I find myself lacking...the jewel of Christian contentment.

There were a few points I disagreed with...

For men, to whom God has given gifts of wisdom, when things fall out amiss in their families, to be always murmuring and repining, is a greater sin than for women or children to do it.

There's some old-fashioned 17th century misogyny for you. :P


For instance, God takes away a child and you are inordinately sorrowful, beyond w
Elizabeth Prata
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to know how to review such a phenomenal book. Full of wisdom, well written, and convicting. Burroughs gives the reader higher visions of Jesus and sets the reader into place and position compared to Him, and allows us to clearly see what a sin discontent is. You might think that's a downer, but any book that raises our estimation of Jesus is worth it. Burroughs shows us how very MUCH we have in Christ. Contentment is a jewel because Jesus is the jewel that bestows it- if we cultivate i ...more
Bob O'bannon
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing

When I read the Puritans, I sometimes wonder why I read anything else. This book is a 228-page treatment of Paul's declaration that he had learned to be content in every circumstance. Burroughs analyzes the subject of contentment from about every imaginable angle, and shows a timeless acquaintance with the workings of the human heart. Put asunder any fear that this 17th work will be hard to understand --it is plain spoken, practical and profound.
Hannah Brown
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel as if I have only scratched the surface of this book. I will be re-reading it for many, many years to come.
Tiffany Youtzy
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“A man who is little in his own eyes will account every affliction as little, and every mercy as great.”
Randall Hartman
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This exposition of Philippians 4:11 by Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs defines Christian contentment as "that sweet, inward quiet gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition." It is a heart condition that is so opposite that of 21st century culture, which has ingrained me and so many others with serial discontent. Burroughs notes that being well-skilled in the mystery of Christian contentment is the duty, glory, and excellence ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardcopy
I have finished - if by finished you mean I will go back to the beginning and start it again.

This is a cheese grader of the soul. Or maybe just a chisel to chip of those bits that have grown on to me in my sin.

We now own it on audiobook as well.
Bambi Moore
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full of delicious truths. A balm to the soul!
Andrew Fendrich
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-bookshelf
Much like the other writings of the English puritans, this one is a loving, compassionate, humble punch in the face. ;)

It’s a classic of Christian literature for a reason: Bible-centered, pride-crushing, and sanctification-empowering.

Will need to read again and again.
Cheryl Linebarger
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I believe this is my fourth (or fifth??) time through this Puritan classic. In fact, my old copy fell apart, so this was a fresh, new book this time around. This is a book I try to read one every 2-3 years, to remind myself of all that Christ has done for me, and how vital it is that I am content in my circumstances, whatever they may be, in light of Him.
Ryan Watkins
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of puritan sermons all tying back to contentment and discontentment. A highly recommended classic.
Laura Thigpen
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Burroughs has bent his own bow in this collection of sermons, each one striking his target with a purifying precision. Contentment is not something we suffer, but a reward we gain in our sufferings.
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I debated between 4 or 5 stars. It's an excellent book, makes you realize how great God is & how small we are in comparison. It's not an easy read & takes time to sort through all of his thoughts. Can get a bit dull at times, but Burroughs gives numerous examples of excellent points he has. Highly recommend for those not only struggling in contentment, but for those looking for a book to challenge their worldview. ...more
Chad Warner
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, Christians
Biblical, pastoral advice on Christian contentment. Burroughs draws on the Bible to walk through many ways to fight discontent and replace it with contentment. The lessons are timeless; they're just as true today as when the book was published in 1651. It's worth enduring the verbosity and repetition to absorb its valuable lessons.

Burroughs explains that contentment comes from within (trusting God), not from outside ourselves (the circumstances of our lives). He also reminds us that our salvatio
This was the first book I read aloud for my podcast, Hurry Up and Read. It is a fantastic look at true Christian contentment, how to attain it, and how to avoid discontent and murmuring. It is filled with analysis on reasons people give for discontent, and I found many of them convicting. Overall, this book motivated me greatly to pursue true Christian contentment in my own life.
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars! If there is a more needed message to our culture today than the lesson of Christian contentment, I don't know what it is! And if anyone could more thoroughly and biblically teach it than Jeremiah Burroughs here does, I don't know who he is! ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So helpful in getting control of the attitude. Can be a bit wordy (he was a Puritan after all(, but really quite good.
Chelsea Floyd
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my second time through The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, and I think I will reread this book until I die. It is one of the best books I have ever read.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
One might think that contentment is a contemporary issue, but Jeremiah Burroughs’s admonitions in The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment remind us that humans have struggled with contentment since Adam and Eve.

To be content is what God calls us to and is what distinguishes us as those who have experienced the transforming work of God in our lives. Burroughs says that, “Christian contentment is the duty, glory, and excellence of every Christian.” What is contentment? Burroughs suggests that con
Eliezer Salazar
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can almost hear Burroughs speaking to you as a father or grandfather in the faith, comforting you, rebuking you, challenging you, embracing you, encouraging you, reminding you, and going to great lengths with such simplicity to unfold the art of Christian contentment. Just like a rare jewel must be worked hard for, so it is with contentment. To be a Christian is to be one that must learn contentment. I wish I had read this book when I first became a Christian. If you are a Christian, let thi ...more
Aaron Lee
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Looking at the famous Scripture text of Philippians 4:11, Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs describes Christian contentment as “that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.” In The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, he presents a powerful and profound book on contentment as a source of peace in our hearts.

Moving and Logical
Burroughs writes in a moving and logical style. He likes numbered lists, and he
Ryan Hawkins
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chapters 1-9 of this book were the best Puritan Paperback pages I have read. Burroughs, as typical of the Puritans, was (is) very gifted at being able to flesh out an idea and provide insight into how this works in life, while using quite helpful analogies and illustrations. In this book, he was doing it with the idea of contentment. His thoughts about what Christian contentment is, how to attain it, and the evils of murmuring (the opposite of contentment) were all outstanding. I have prayed thr ...more
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Jeremiah Burroughs (or Burroughes) was baptized in 1601 and admitted as a pensioner at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1617. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1621 and a Master of Arts degree in 1624. His tutor was Thomas Hooker.

Burroughs’s ministry falls into four periods, all of which reveal him as a zealous and faithful pastor. First, from about 1627 until 1631, he was assistant to

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