About the Author
Octavius Winslow (1808-78) was one of the best-known Nonconformist ministers of the 19th century, and held pastorates at Leamington Spa, Bath and Brighton. He was one of the preachers at the opening of Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle, and his many writings include The Work of the Holy Spirit, Help Heavenward, Soul-Depths and Soul-Heights and No Condemnation in Christ Jesus which have also been reprinted by the Banner of Truth Trust.
What causes spiritual decline? Is there a remedy?
Many who are conscious that their spiritual experience and vitality have sadly declined have only a hazy notion of the nature and causes of their condition. The kind of searching analysis which would help to clarify their thoughts and concentrate their sense of conviction is largely absent from the contemporary pulpit and from the Christian literature of the day.
But such help is available, and can be found in works like Octavius Winslow’s Personal Declension and Revival. It discusses the areas of life in which backsliding takes place, examines the consequences, and in the concluding chapters points to the Lord who is the restorer and keeper of his people.
The passage of time since this book was first published in 1841 has not diminished its value, and the fact that it has been frequently reprinted eloquently testifies to its continuing spiritual usefulness.
I was really backsliding and the Lord used this book in such a magnificent way to bring me back to Himself. In a deeply searching manner, Winslow points out the causes for backsliding and the remedies in Christ. Many paragraphs are so piercing that you just have to stop and pray over them and ask for God to search your heart. Anyone who senses that they are growing lukewarm in their walk with the Lord should seriously read through this book and I know God will bless them enormously! I'm also reading Life in Jesus by the same author (a biography on his mother Mary Winslow) and it is wonderful!