"Based on the well-known text, 2nd Chronicles 7:14, 'The Golden Scepter' discusses several major practical subjects related to Christian living in a biblical, doctrinal, practical, and experiential manner. These subjects include affliction, humiliation, seeking God's face, turning from evil, forgiveness of sin, and sin itself. Like all of his other books, John Preston writes in a powerful and moving way, excelling in illustrations. Highly recommended! -Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI
"A vigorous of the probe, accompanied with abundance of healing balsam, is the general character of works on divinity that bear the date of our young Protestantism, even where the controversy is not so much as touched upon. So it is in this instance. We are covetous of such books. They startle by boldness of expression, by the stern energy of reproff and expostulation. They terrify, by the unvarnished display of those 'terrors of the Lord' which modern refinement love to wrap in circumlocution: and they win, by their striking views of Christ, in all the tenderness, all the fulness of his glorious character. Dr. Preston may be sasfely placed on the same shelf with Flavel, so far as this book enables us to judge." - Charlotte Elizabeth, from 'The Christian Lady's Magazine
"If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - 2nd Chronicles 7:14
John Preston was an English Puritan minister of the church, and master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
On Sunday, 20 July 1628, when he lay dying, they asked him if he feared death, now that it was so close. "No," whispered Preston; "I shall change my place, but I shall not change my company."