Logos Bible Software (my employer) is offering a free digital Christian book every month this year as part of its Free Book of the Month program. This month’s free book is John Bunyan’s Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, and it’s available for only a few more days. I’d encourage you to pick it up.
Here’s how Bunyan concludes his personal account “of the exceeding mercy of God in Christ” to him:
6. I find to this day seven abominations in my heart:
- Inclinings to unbelief.
- Suddenly to forget the love and mercy that Christ manifesteth.
- A leaning to the works of the law.
- Wanderings and coldness in prayer.
- To forget to watch for that I pray for.
- Apt to murmur because I have no more, and yet ready to abuse what I have.
- I can do none of those things which God commands me, but my corruptions will thrust in themselves, “when I would do good, evil is present with me.”
7. These things I continually see and feel, and am afflicted and oppressed with; yet the wisdom of God doth order them for my good.
- They make me abhor myself.
- They keep me from trusting my heart.
- They convince me of the insufficiency of all inherent righteousness.
- They show me the necessity of flying to Jesus.
- They press me to pray unto God.
- They show me the need I have to watch and be sober.
- And provoke me to look to God, through Christ, to help me, and carry me through this world. Amen.
It’s challenging to take both sin and grace as seriously as they deserve. It’s easy to give too much attention to one at the expense of the other. Bunyan has a healthy view of both.
Here are the books that have been free so far this year:
- January: Temptation and Sin, vol. 6 of The Works of John Owen, by John Owen (cf. the 24-vol. Works of John Owen)
- February: Revelation and Inspiration, vol. 1 of The Works of Benjamin B. Warfield, by Benjamin B. Warfield (cf. the 20-vol. B. B. Warfield Collection)
- March: Authentic Christianity, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (cf. the 10-vol. Selected Works of Martyn Lloyd-Jones)
- April: Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, by John Bunyan (cf. the 3-vol., 61-title Works of John Bunyan)
Keep an eye out for May’s book, which will be announced soon. Or sign up for the Free Book of the Month email list to be notified when it’s available.