A Book Review of Sinclair B. Ferguson’s John Owen on the Christian Life

John Owen on the Christian Life is one of Ferguson’s great works serving as an introductory guide to John Owen. Its first chapter provides a succinct summary of Owen’s life, while the rest of the chapters survey his Christian doctrine with a focus on his substantial teachings. Oftentimes, it is said that Owen is not easy to read, and thus many have tended to shun his works and consequently miss the treasures there. Thankfully, however, Ferguson has laboriously mined those treasures and made them accessible to those unable to mine for themselves. Even experienced researchers have benefited from Ferguson’s labor, in that many post-Reformation authors have been encouraged and motivated to write on Owen since the publication of his book in 1987. John Owen on the Christian Life has become a standard reference for twenty-first century Owen writers.


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