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The Fading of the Flesh and The Flourishing of Faith (Swinnock) - Puritan Treasures for Today

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The Puritans frequently talked about dying well. That is something we do not discuss much these days, though we should. In this book, George Swinnock presents modern readers with valuable food for thought as he expounds Psalm 73:26, “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Swinnock combines careful explanation with vivid illustration to reveal the futility of earthly comforts and highlight the inestimable comfort, satisfaction, and joy afforded us in Christ. Displaying the relevance of the Puritans for today, you will find this sorely neglected and sobering topic an easy, thought-provoking, and compelling read.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Psalm 73 in Context
  2. Psalm 73:26 Explained
  3. Man’s Flesh Will Fail Him
  4. The Folly of Living for the Flesh
  5. Be Prepared to Die!
  6. Further Reasons to Be Prepared to Die
  7. How to Be Prepared to Die
  8. Seek to Die Well
  9. God Is Man’s True Happiness
  10. God Alone Is Sufficient for Man’s Soul
  11. God Alone Is Suitable to Man’s Soul
  12. God Alone Is Immortal Like Man’s Soul
  13. The Condition of Distressed Sinners and Saints
  14. The Potion of Sinners and Saints in the World to Come
  15. Is God Your Joy?
  16. Choose God as Your Treasure
  17. Satisfied and Sanctified
  18. Joy in Full and Forever
  19. Take Comfort

Series Description 

Interest in the Puritans continues to grow, but many people find reading these giants of the faith a bit unnerving. The Puritan Treasures for Today Series seeks to overcome that barrier by presenting Puritan books that are convenient in size and unintimidating in length. Each book is carefully edited with modern readers in mind, smoothing out difficult language of a bygone era while retaining the meaning of the original authors. Books for the series are thoughtfully selected to provide some of the best counsel on important subjects that people continue to wrestle with today.

About the Author 

George Swinnock (1627–1673) was an English Puritan, known for his vivid illustrations of biblical truth. His complete works have been reprinted in five volumes by Banner of Truth Trust.


"This wonderful little book, written with charm, simplicity, and clarity by George Swinnock is bound to prove both a delight and a challenge to any Christian who values the riches of the gospel. It is a spiritual gem that deserves to be read and re-read. In addition, its charm, simplicity, and clarity make it a perfect entry point to the writings of the pastoral Puritans. Beautifully edited for the modern reader by Dr. Stephen Yuille, The Fading of the Flesh is a rare spiritual treat." - Sinclair B. Ferguson

"George Swinnock had the gift of illustration largely developed, as his works prove." - C. H. Spurgeon