Written by John Owen, one of the best known of the Puritans. In The Mortification of Sin, John Owen insisted on the importance of the Christian dealing effectively with their sinful tendencies and attitudes. He believed that God, through his Word and Spirit, had provided the guidelines and the power for this to be achieved. Owen effectively dismisses various excuses for not engaging in self scrutiny and yet avoids the current trend of self absorption. In so doing he provides principles to help believers live lives of holiness. As with all of Owen's writings, continues to be widely read and greatly appreciated to this day.
- not for listening while driving
I got as far as chapter 6 (out of 14), and decided to call it quits as I got zero out of it so far. The writing is in complex sentences (like Paul in Romans). This would probably be very good if you use it as Jacob recommended, to read a printed copy with your eyes while listening to the audio book. Then you can pause it. Underline and make notes. I may do that in the future after I retire from working. For now I am rating it just for listening while driving.
- Most Helpful Book In Fight Against Sin Made Better With Audiobook Readalong
The book is clearly a classic. 350 years after it was written, it is understood by those who read it to be the best, most helpful, and most accurate guide to the task of all Christians to be putting their sin to death. Owen was a scholar, but more important than that, he was a pastor. He will care for your soul in these words and the result, if you follow his advice will be more holiness in your Christian life and a greater love for and devotion for God. However, best of all, you know that when you follow Owen, you are following a man who walked the walk he talked. He lived a very busy, very full life: From high-powered relationships with military and parliamentary leaders, to the illegal pastoring of flocks, and engaging in a wide variety of political and theological debates. And at the end of his life, David Clarkson, at his funeral service described his life as being marked by the holiness that he sought to help others grow in: "A pastor, a scholar, a divine of the first magnitude; holiness gave a divine luster to his other accomplishments, it shined in his whole course, and was diffused through his whole conversation."
Owen is difficult to read. I have found, through over a decade of diligent labor to get to know and understand John Owen, that one of the most helpful tools to understand his difficult prose is to read it aloud. The audiobook version of "Mortification of Sin" is incredibly well done, and if you listen to it while reading along in volume 6 of Owen's works, I suspect that it will greatly increase your comprehension and retention.
I truly hope more Owen audiobooks are published. Thank you, Christianaudio.