This book, A Sure Guide to Heaven will provide the reader with a clear and simple statement of what the Christian gospel really is, providing answers to questions such as, ‘What is the nature of conversion?’, ‘Why is conversion necessary?’, ‘What are the means of conversion?’, and ‘What are the motives to conversion?’
It is far from irrelevant to republish this classic book from a day when people were more deeply conscious of the world to come. When the spiritual history of the Western world in our own times is written, it may well be seen as the epoch of spiritual sloth and slumber. May this book, which was also known as An Alarm to the Unconverted, prove to be A Sure Guide to Heaven to those who pick it up and read.
‘Alleine often sensed the brevity of life. Those who knew him best observed the way he sought to live every moment for God. He has bequeathed to us one of the greatest evangelistic books of all time.’ — SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON
About the Author
Joseph Alleine (1634-1668) was born at Devizes in Wiltshire and ‘set forth in the Christian race’ from the age of eleven. Educated at Oxford (Lincoln and Corpus Christi) from 1649 under men such as John Owen and Thomas Goodwin, he took his BA in 1651 and became a tutor and subsequently chaplain to the College.
In 1655 Alleine accepted an invitation to become assistant to George Newton, vicar in Taunton, Somerset, and in the same year married his cousin, Theodosia. His ministry in Taunton was very fruitful until his ejection in 1662, but he continued to preach at every opportunity. His health was affected by the privations of two confinements in prison, and he died at the age of thirty-four.