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The Mystery of Providence - Puritan Paperbacks (Flavel)

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'It is a wonderful book, the Banner serves us all by keeping it in print.’ — MARK DEVER

First published in 1678, this little work is based on the words 'God that performeth all things for me' (Psalm 57:2). It shows us how providence works for us in every stage and experience of our lives. The book is richly illustrated from the lives of believers and from the author's wide reading in church history. There are avenues of spiritual knowledge and experience opened to the Christian in this work which he probably never knew existed. 

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Table of Contents: 

Part One: The Evidence of Providence 

1. The Work of Providence for the Saints 

2. Our Birth and Upbringing 

3. The Work of Conversion 

4. Our Employment 

5. Family Affair 

6. Preservation of the Saints from Evil 

7. The Work of Sanctification 

Part Two: Meditation on the Providence of God

8. The Meditation on Providence 

9. How to Meditate on the Providence of God 

10. The Advantages of Meditating on Providence

Part Three: Application of the Doctrine of Providence 

11. Practical Implications for the Saints 

12. Practical Problems in Connection with Providence 

13. The Advantages of Recording our Experiences of Providence 


John Flavel (1628–1691) was an English Puritan who became a non-conformist after the ‘Great Ejection’ of 1662. It was 10 years before he was licenced to preach again, and then only in his own home. His writings, when collected in the 19th century, filled 6 volumes. Flavel’s writings are known for their practical nature. He was instrumental in promoting the ‘Happy Union’ of Presbyterians and Congregationalists.