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Brian | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Jan 22 2012 6:00 PM

We need to push this Puritan Treasure over the top...To get this in our libraries for $12 fully indexed and searchable is an absolute STEAL!!!   http://www.logos.com/product/8568/the-complete-works-of-thomas-brooks

Thomas Brooks was born in 1608 and was an English non-conformist Puritan preacher and author. In 1625, he started his college studies at Emmanuel College and by 1640 he was licensed as a preacher. At Emmanuel College he was preceded by religious and colonial leader Thomas Hooker, John Cotton who was a principal among the New England Puritan ministers, and Thomas Shepard, an American Puritan minister and a significant figure in early colonial New England. The topics he covers and the way in which they are presented make his books ones to remember and are given in a thorough and passionate way. An associate of Brooks said: “He had a body of divinity in his head and the power of it in his heart.” From 1648-1651, Brooks ministered at the church of St. Thomas the Apostle in London and frequently preached in Parliament. Thomas Brooks died in 1680 and was buried in Bunhill Fields, which is London’s famous nonconformist cemetery.

From Volume 1 of The Works of Thomas Brooks=Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices

'The strange opposition that I met with from Satan, in the study of the following discourse, hast put an edge upon my spirit, knowing that Satan strives mightily to keep these things from seeing the light that tend eminently to shake and break his kingdom of darkness, and to lift up the kingdom and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the souls and lives of the children of men . . .' This is one of the seven reasons for writing his book which the author, Thomas Brooks, gives in his preface.

Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

Excerpt from Meet the Puritans
by Dr. Joel Beeke and Randall J. Pederson

Thomas Brooks was born in 1608. He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1625, where such New England Puritans as Thomas Hooker, John Cotton, and Thomas Shepard were also educated, but he appears to have left before graduating. Brooks was ordained as a preacher of the gospel in 1640 and became a chaplain to the parliamentary fleet, serving for some years at sea. That ministry is mentioned in some of his “sea-devotions” as well as his statement: “I have been some years at sea and through grace I can say that I would not exchange my sea experiences for England’s riches.”

After the Civil War, Brooks became minister at the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Queen Street, London (1648-1651). He was often called to preach before Parliament. In 1652, he became rector of St. Margaret’s, New Fish Street Hill, which was the first church that burned to the ground in the Great Fire of London (1666). Like Thomas Goodwin and John Owen, Brooks preferred the Congregational view of church government. In 1662, he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity.

After being ejected from his living, Brooks continued to preach in London, where he apparently suffered little persecution. He became minister of a congregation at Moorfields, near St. Margaret’s. Unlike many ministers, he stayed in London during the Great Plague of 1665, faithfully tending his flock. In 1672, he was licensed to preach according to the terms of the Declaration of Indulgence, but that license was revoked in 1676.

Brooks lost his first wife, Martha Burgess, a godly woman whom he greatly treasured, in 1676. He wrote of her, “She was always best when she was most with God in a corner. She has many a whole day been pouring out her soul before God for the nation, for Zion, and the great concerns of her own soul.” He later married a young God-fearing woman named Patience Cartwright (Alexander Grosart puts it succinctly: “she spring-young, he winter-old” [Works of Brooks, 1:xxxv]), who proved a most worthy companion.

Brooks died in 1680 and was buried in Bunhill Fields, London’s famous nonconformist cemetery. John Reeve, who preached at the funeral, said Brooks had “a sweet nature, great gravity, large charity, wonderful patience, and strong faith.”

Modern Reprints

The Works of Thomas Brooks (BTT; 6 vols., 3,000 pages; 2001). This six-volume compilation by James Nichol is a treasure. Volume 1 contains Alexander B. Grosart’s memoir of Brooks as well as “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices,” “Apples of Gold” (a popular work for young men and women printed seventeen times from 1657 to 1693), “The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod,” and “A String of Pearls.”

Volume 2 contains “An Ark for All of God’s Noahs,” “The Privy Key of Heaven,” and “Heaven on Earth.” Volume 3 contains “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ” and “A Cabinet of Jewels.” Volume 4 contains “The Crown and Glory of Christianity,” consisting of 58 sermons on Hebrews 12:14. Volume 5 contains “The Golden Key to Open Hidden Treasures,” “Paradise Opened,” and “A Word in Season.” The last volume contains “London’s Lamentations” (a remarkable work of corporate confession), “The Glorious Day of the Saints’ Appearance,” “God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright,” “Hypocrites Detected,” “A Believer’s Last Day His Best Day,” “A Heavenly Cordial,” and “The Legacy of a Dying Mother.”

Of all the Puritan divines reprinted by James Nichol in the 1860s, Brooks was the most popular. Both the practical subjects he undertakes and the manner of his presentation make “his sentences as memorable as melodies.” Moreover, his spiritual insights are presented directly and fervently, and are replete with Scripture. As a fellow minister said of Brooks: “He had a body of divinity in his head and the power of it in his heart.” Peter Lewis said, “We may add, in his books too” (Genius of Puritanism, p. 29).

We recommend Thomas Brooks highly. He communicates profound truths in a simple manner and is appropriate reading for young people and adults. His writings exude spiritual life and power and are particularly comforting for true believers. If limited to the purchase of a few sets of Puritan works, be sure to buy and read Brooks.

Heaven on Earth: A Treatise on Assurance (BTT; 320 pages; 1983). There is no higher privilege than to be a child of God and to know it, for assurance brings joy to worship and prayer, and strength and boldness to our witness. Failure and weakness in all these areas can often be traced back to a lack of assurance. Brooks spells out the wonders of assurance in this book.

Chapter 1 asserts that believers may attain assurance, and chapter 2 addresses why some believers lack assurance while others enjoy it in a particularly large measure. Chapter 3 grapples with impediments that hinder assurance and how those can be removed. Chapter 4 offers motives to encourage believers not to stop short of obtaining well-grounded assurance. Brooks’s ten advantages to assurance ought to motivate any believer—it offers heaven on earth, sweetens life’s changes, keeps the heart from desiring the world, assists communion with God, preserves from backsliding, produces holy boldness, prepares a man for death, makes mercies taste like mercies, gives vigor in Christian service, and leads to the soul’s enjoyment of Christ.

Chapter 5, the heart of the book, sets forth “ways and means of gaining a well-grounded assurance.” Brooks’s section on the “things that accompany salvation”—knowledge, faith, repentance, obedience, love, prayer, perseverance, and hope—offers more than a hundred pages of savory divinity. In itself it serves as a practical handbook on the marks of grace. Chapter 6 exposes counterfeit assurance by describing the marks of well-grounded assurance and characteristics of the Holy Spirit’s internal witness. The closing chapter shows how to strengthen assurance and regain lost assurance.

The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod (GM; 118 pages; n.d.). This work was originally published in 1658 with the subtitle, “The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes.” A second edition appeared in 1660 and thereafter was in great demand. Brooks presents many points to prove his theme that it is “the great duty and concern of gracious souls to be mute and silent under the greatest afflictions, the saddest providences, and sharpest trials they meet with in this world.” He answers every thinkable objection against exercising spiritual submission in affliction. This classic is highly recommended for anyone going through trials they cannot change.

Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices (BTT; 256 pages; 1984). This book offers sorely needed lessons on the subtleties of Satan’s devices. “The strange opposition that I met with from Satan, in the study of the following discourse, hath put an edge upon my spirit, knowing that Satan strives mightily to keep these things from seeing the light that tend eminently to shake and break his kingdom of darkness, and to lift up the kingdom and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the souls and lives of the children of men,” writes Brooks in the preface of this book.

Brooks describes twelve of Satan’s devices and their remedies, then focuses on eight devices Satan uses to keep believers from using the means of grace. He provides remedies for those devices that keep saints in a sad, doubting condition. Finally, he provides remedies for the abuse of riches, for pride of learning, for divisions among the godly, and for the excuse of ignorance. An appendix considers five more devices of Satan, seven characteristics of false teachers, six propositions concerning Satan, and ten helps against his devices. The ten helps provide an adequate summary of the book: walk by the rule of God’s Word, don’t grieve the Spirit, strive for heavenly wisdom, resist Satan’s first motions, labor to be filled with the Spirit, remain humble, pursue watchfulness, retain communion with God, fight Satan by drawing strength from the Lord Jesus, and be much in prayer.

One reason for this reprint, according to George Smeaton, is that Christian authors of former times treated the seductive influence and terrible power of Satan in ways “greatly more full and suggestive than in the literature of the present day.” We greatly need the guidance Brooks provides in this book. Though Satan’s tools may change over the centuries, his devices remain constant; hence, this classic will never be outdated.

Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks (SDG; 269 pages; 2001). This book of quotes from the writings and sermons of Thomas Brooks was compiled by Charles Spurgeon, a great lover of the Puritans. In his preface to the book, Spurgeon wrote: “As a writer, Brooks scatters stars with both his hands. He has dust of gold: in his storehouse are all manner of precious stones. Genius is always marvelous, but when sanctified it is matchless.” Here is one precious stone: “There is no such way to attain to greater measures of grace than for a man to live up to that little grace he has.”

 

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Paul Chatfield | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2012 8:51 AM

I agree.  This is one I'm particularly looking forward to coming through :)

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Evan Boardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2012 9:37 AM

What is it...six volumes for $12. This isn't just any ole collection. This is a must have that will do anyone's soul good no matter what Church you belong to! Smile

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Andy | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2012 10:17 AM

Evan Boardman:

This is a must have that will do anyone's soul good no matter what Church you belong to! 

I absolutely agree. Precious Remedies is, in particular, glorious.

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Paul N | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2012 10:29 AM

When I'm unsure about the value of a single author collection, it helps to search the name ("Thomas Brooks" OR "Brooks, Thomas") and then order the results By Title.  With various commentaries quoting Brooks (specifically MacArthur and Spurgeon's Treasury of David) he looks like a keeper!

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Dominick Sela | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2012 10:45 AM

Paul Newsome:
When I'm unsure about the value of a single author collection, it helps to search the name ("Thomas Brooks" OR "Brooks, Thomas") and then order the results By Title.

 

Wow good tip, I never thought of checking that. I see quite a few resources that quote him regularly:

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Bibliotheca Sacra

Christian History Magazine once in Thomas Cranmer issue

Complete works of Richard Sibbes

Discipleship Journal

Emmaus Journal

various Arthur Pink resources

Perseus Collection

IVP NT Commentary on James once

Medford Historical Society Papers numerous times

resources in the Thomas Cranmer Collection

Opening Up Commentary

Pulpit Commentary: Isaiah

Reformation and Revival Journal

Southern Baptist Journal of Theology

Southern Historical Society

The Sword and Trowel

Tabletalk Magazine

Westminster Theological Journal

Works of John Owen

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Dominick Sela | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2012 10:45 AM

Paul Newsome:
When I'm unsure about the value of a single author collection, it helps to search the name ("Thomas Brooks" OR "Brooks, Thomas") and then order the results By Title.

 

Wow good tip, I never thought of checking that. I see quite a few resources that quote him regularly:

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Bibliotheca Sacra

Christian History Magazine once in Thomas Cranmer issue

Complete works of Richard Sibbes

Discipleship Journal

Emmaus Journal

various Arthur Pink resources

Perseus Collection

IVP NT Commentary on James once

Medford Historical Society Papers numerous times

resources in the Thomas Cranmer Collection

Opening Up Commentary

Pulpit Commentary: Isaiah

Reformation and Revival Journal

Southern Baptist Journal of Theology

Southern Historical Society

The Sword and Trowel

Tabletalk Magazine

Westminster Theological Journal

Works of John Owen

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Brian | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 24 2012 3:16 AM

Bump

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Brian | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 24 2012 8:25 AM

Here is a description of the Puritan paperback book Heaven on Earth taken from Volume 2 of the Works of Thomas Brooks in Community Pricing for $12!!!

Book Title: Heaven On Earth

Author : Thomas Brooks

The subject of assurance is one of the most important elements in Christian experience. There is no higher privilege than to be a child of God and to know it, for assurance brings joy to worship and prayer, and provides strength and boldness to our witness. Correspondingly, failure and weakness in all these areas can often be traced back to a lack of assurance, or even false assurance. This work of Thomas Brooks, first published in 1654, deals with all of these aspects of assurance in a way that is both biblical and pastoral. Brooks 'scatters stars with both his hands' wrote C.H. Spurgeon. His teaching is clear, thorough and greatly needed in the present spiritual climate. Brooks both explains what true assurance is and guides the reader in how it may be fully experienced. All saints shall enjoy a heaven when they leave this earth; some saints enjoy a heaven while they are here on earth. That saints might enjoy two heavens is the project of this book.
Joseph Caryl

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Evan Boardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 24 2012 9:49 AM

Perhaps $12 is just too low and us who really want it need to just up our bids? Im willing but it's not gonna go if Im the only one who's willing to bid higher.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 24 2012 10:11 AM

Given the current demand curve, even significant bid increases would likely not change the current price - but after all you made me reconsider this set. I increased my bid from a nominal value to the going $12

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Evan Boardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 24 2012 1:04 PM

NewbieMick:

Given the current demand curve, even significant bid increases would likely not change the current price - but after all you made me reconsider this set. I increased my bid from a nominal value to the going $12

Yes

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 24 2012 6:59 PM

Peace to all!        *smile*              and .......         .........Always Joy in the Lord!

      I'm in.

                                                               Psalm 118:14-15

Philippians 4:  4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand..........

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Evan Boardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 4 2012 7:37 AM

Bump, plus wanted to show off my profile of northern lights.Wink

Only for some reason it doesnt show?

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Brian K. Benscoter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 4 2012 7:13 PM

I'm definitely in; however, just a clarification so there is no one disappointed: this does not contain the following titles mentioned in the original post quote from Meet the Puritans - Heaven on Earth; The Mute Christian; Precious Remedies; and Smooth Stones. I am very thankful for the 6 vols of the Works!

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Evan Boardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 12 2012 10:01 PM

Brian K. Benscoter:

I'm definitely in; however, just a clarification so there is no one disappointed: this does not contain the following titles mentioned in the original post quote from Meet the Puritans - Heaven on Earth; The Mute Christian; Precious Remedies; and Smooth Stones. I am very thankful for the 6 vols of the Works!

Correction:- Heaven on Earth is in Volume 2, Mute Christian and Precious Remedies in 1 Volume, and Smooth Stones is the only Title I didn't see in the sleeve cover.

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Randy Lane | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 13 2012 10:04 AM

I am bummed that so many of the classic author-collections on Community Pricing are going nowhere, especially when I see how fast most of the Classic Commentary sets get full buy-in.

Some of those author sets (most have less than 50% of the required bids):

Thomas Manton , Adam Clarke (actually fairly new in CM, failed as a normal pre-pub), James Ussher, Thomas Boston, John Gill, Isaac Watts, R. L. Dabney, David Clarkson, Charles Hodge.

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Evan Boardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 19 2012 8:21 AM

Time to get this one out with a couple more bids!Smile

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Randy Lane | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 25 2012 10:50 AM

Evan Boardman:

Time to get this one out with a couple more bids!Smile

It's there. Closes on Friday 04/27/2012, currently $12

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Evan Boardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 25 2012 11:08 AM

Randal M Lane:

Some of those author sets (most have less than 50% of the required bids):

Thomas Manton , Adam Clarke (actually fairly new in CM, failed as a normal pre-pub), James Ussher, Thomas Boston, John Gill, Isaac Watts, R. L. Dabney, David Clarkson, Charles Hodge.

Well Boston,Clarkson and Brooks is in. Like to see Manton in next. Smile

 

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