About the Author
He obtained great fame and popularity as a preacher until the Restoration, when he was ejected for Nonconformity. Notwithstanding the rigor of the acts against dissenters, Watson continued to exercise his ministry privately as he found opportunity. Upon the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he obtained a license to preach at the great hall in Crosby House.
After preaching there for several years, his health gave way, and he retired to Barnston, Essex, where he died suddenly while praying in secret. He was buried on 28 July 1686.
Few preachers in the Puritan era (or any other period of church history) match Thomas Watson for his ability to combine rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine and sane wisdom with fascinating illustrations and a pleasant style. Watson is remembered chiefly for his posthumously published Body of Practical Divinity (reprinted by Banner of Truth in three volumes). But his extant sermons also include this marvellous series on the character of the Christian. It is, as C.H. Spurgeon said of his other work, a happy union of sound doctrine, heart-searching experience and practical wisdom.
Watson is always the essence of sanity and reliability. But in addition, this work shows how attractive the grace of God is. Christians of all stages, reading it for the first time, will feel as if they have entered the gallery of a great portrait painter. As his sub-title suggests, Watson works with a Scripture pencil in this priceless sketch of the true believer.
This is a must read for every Christian. With a high view of the LORD and His Word, Thomas Watson delivers a practical, Christ centered, treatise on what a Godly man will be characterized by. In his usual lucid profundity, Watson articulates and illustrates biblical truth without muddying the water. This book is truly edifying and is without a doubt one of my favorite books of all time. If you are used to a diet of contemporary Christian fluff, then proceed with caution. You will not find any self-centered psychobabble here. What you will find however, is rich and profound teaching that is Christ honoring and God centered.