George Swinnock is one of the easiest of the Puritan authors to read. Long out of print, this republication of his works will be welcomed by all who have an interest in and love for Puritan literature
These volumes address many contemporary struggles from the perspective of one who lived in the 17th century.
Volume 1: Demonstrates how we are called to make God our business in spiritual performances and religious actions in general and in specific callings. The author speaks of directives for godliness in recreations, pleasure, apparel, sleep, eating, the Lord's Day and more.
Volume 2: Examines how a Christian may exercise himself to godliness in prosperity and adversity.
Volume 3: Looks at how a Christian my exercise himself to godliness on a dying bed and in visiting the sick, and also includes The Fading of the Flesh, part 1.
Volume 4: contains The Fading of the Flesh, part 2.
Volume 5: Unpacks the doctrine of salvation a "The door of salvation opened by the key of regeneration and the sinner's last sentence".
About the Author
Born in Maidstone, Kent in 1627, and having lost his father while a little boy, George Swinnock was brought up in the home of his uncle Robert Swinnock, sometime mayor of Maidstone, in an environment saturated in the Puritan tradition of prayer and family worship. After graduation from Cambridge he remained as chaplain at New College until his appointment as a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford in 1648. Two years later he became Vicar of Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire where he served until 1660 when he was appointed Vicar of Great Kimble in Buckinghamshire.
Deprived of his living in the Great Ejection of 1662, for the next decade Swinnock served as chaplain in the family of Richard Hampden of Great Hampden in Buckinghamshire. Following the Declaration of Indulgence he returned, in 1672, to minister in his home town of Maidstone, where he died in November 1673.
His work comes ‘from one both of a good head and heart’. — THOMAS MANTON
‘George Swinnock had the gift of illustration largely developed, as his works prove…they served his purpose, and made his teaching attractive…there remains “a rare amount of sanctified wit and wisdom”.’ — C.H. SPURGEON