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Grace Essentials

Grace Essentials provides simplified abridgments of great Christian books in modern English. They are inexpensive paperbacks which make an excellent "starter" library for any Christian. These books help to introduce the riches of the past to a new generation. Some of them have previously appeared in the Christian Classics series: others, such as Christian Freedom, will be new titles. They are being co-published with Christian Focus Publications.

The Return of Prayers
Author: Thomas Goodwin
ISBN: 9781527106130
Price: £6-99
This classic book by Thomas Goodwin shows us the riches that are available to us through prayer. It deals not only with how we may approach God in prayer, but also on how we know that God has indeed answered our prayers. There is a wealth of blessing here.

There is much written on the subject of prayer, but very little on answers to prayer. There is pastoral wisdom in this little book, and it is good to see it in simplified form. (Bill James, Principal, London Seminary, London, UK)

An Alarm to the Unconverted
Author: Joseph Alleine
ISBN: 9781527106123
Price: £6-99
What is conversion? What does it look like? And why does it matter? Joseph Alleine addresses these questions and more in this book, pleading with the unconverted to turn to Christ. Contrasting the life of the believer with the eternity facing those who are not in Christ this passionate appeal explains not only why, but how to give your life to God.

While using fresh language and contemporary idioms, this edition maintains the structure and direction of Alleine’s masterful book without losing any of its strident urgency and passionate concern for those who do not know Christ. Whether you are a Christian already or not, this pocket book is a highly recommended read. (John Benton, Director of Pastoral Support, The Pastors’ Academy, London Seminary, London, UK)

Walking with God
Author: J. C. Ryle
ISBN: 9781527104686
Price: £7-99
This is a thoroughly biblical and practical guide to the Christian life. Ryle encourages us to see the reality of our present situation and the beauty of Christ, and to strive towards walking the way God shows us in his Word. This abridged and easier to read version of Practical Religion is sure to instruct and encourage Christians today.

The spiritual wisdom of J. C. Ryle is just as challenging and relevant today as ever. His exhortation regarding the Lord’s Day is especially pertinent at this time. May all who read this new simplified edition of Practical Religion be challenged, edified, and led to Christ. (Bill James,Principal, London Seminary, London, UK)

Absolutely Basic
Author: Horatius Bonar and J. C. Ryle
ISBN: 9781527104693
Price: £6-99
This book contains two parts. The first, simplified and abridged from Horatius Bonar's The Everlasting Righteousness, deals with the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ. Bonar shows that, in Jesus Christ, God has provided the only way to deal with the problem of our sin. The second part, taken from sermons on Regeneration by J. C. Ryle, is about the new birth, about life after conversion. Ryle addresses what it means to be born again, and what this looks like in the life of a Christian.

Bonar and Ryle are both nineteenth–century gospel–infused preachers whose sermons and writings seem timeless. These abbreviated and updated samples should prove soul enriching to whoever reads them. Timeless truths told in effective and engaging ways. (Derek Thomas, Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina)

God Willing
Author: John Flavel
ISBN: 9781527101043
Price: £7-99
From the day of our birth, to the day of our death, God is working for the good of those who have been called according to his purpose. In this simplified and abridged version of his classic work entitled Divine Conduct: or The Mystery of Providence John Flavel addresses how God works providentially in our lives, as well as why and how we should think deeply about these providences.
Christians Are Forever
Author: John Owen
ISBN: 9781527102927
Price: £5-99
The fact that some who profess to be Christians fall away from the faith has always been an obstacle to God’s people, but we are told in the Bible that those who God has called are saved forever. How then are we to understand the saints’ perseverance in the Christian life? How are we to view our lives in the light of God’s everlasting covenant and Christ’s completed work of salvation? John Owen answers these questions in this book, a simplified abridgment of The Doctrine of the Saints’ Perseverance Explained and Confirmed.
Aspects of Holiness
Author: J. C. Ryle
ISBN: 9781527101043
Price: £7-99
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Holiness is perhaps J. C. Ryle's most famous work. This modernised abridgment presents the essence of his work in a clear and readable format.

Bishop Ryle's exhortations on the lifelong pursuit of holiness are some of the best ever written. He overflows with a burning love for Christ and desire to grow more and more in Christlikeness, while facing up to the stark realities of the seriousness of sin. Thoroughly biblical and practically applied. (Andrew Atherstone, Latimer Research Fellow, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford)

The Ministry We Need
Author: Richard Baxter
ISBN: 9781527101036
Price: £7-99
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Richard Baxter believed that teaching was the minister’s main task. That did not only mean preaching: it also included personal instruction in the Bible for everyone, not just the young. The Reformed Pastor sets out his convictions. This book, edited and abridged for a modern audience, offers helpful, practical advice for those in leadership positions.

A timeless treasure. This edited version will thrill the reader with the privileges of a faithful pastoral ministry yet simultaneously reveal its challenges. Use it with an eager anticipation that the pastoral ministry will be transformed. (Harry L. Reeder, Pastor of Preaching & Leadership, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama)

Born Slaves
Author: Martin Luther
ISBN: 9781781919668
Price: £5-99
The Bondage of the Will, first published in 1525 and perhaps Luther's most famous work, argues against the idea that we choose salvation of our own free will. Born Slaves presents this work, retaining the distinctive style and voice of Luther, for a modern audience.
Bibilical Christianity
Author: John Calvin
ISBN: 9781781919651
Price: £6-99
Calvin's great work, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, has been foundational to theological thought for five centuries. It is presented here in a faithfully edited version, perfect for enriching Bible Studies or devotionals.
Christian Freedom
Author: Samuel Bolton
ISBN: 9781781917213
Price: £5-99
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Christian Freedom provides an accessible entry into Samuel Bolton's original work, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom, first published in 1645. This book is not simply an academic discussion: Samuel Bolton constantly reminds his readers of the gospel, and the great transformation that has happened to a person who has trusted in Jesus Christ. Bolton shows us clearly that real Christian obedience comes from a changed heart, and is motivated by love for God. He deals with the practical question of what happens when Christians fall into sin, and encourages us to rely on what Christ has done for us, rather than on our performance.

The Experience That Counts
Author: Jonathan Edwards
ISBN: 9781781917190
Price: £6-99
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What does it mean to be a Christian? Is Christianity a matter of the intellect alone? What about desires, feelings, and experiences? What is conversion? These questions are not new. Jonathan Edwards, the great American theologian, tackled these and many other issues against the background of the First Great Awakening. These questions, and the answers Edwards gives to them, are profoundly relevant to us today. Here is a voice of clear Biblical and spiritual sanity to lead us safely through the maze of contemporary confusion in this crucial area.

Living with the Living God
Authors: John Owen and George Smeaton
ISBN: 9781781917206
Price: £5-99
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Living with the Living God brings together two classic works on the person and work of the Holy Spirit from two renowned theologians – George Smeaton and John Owen. Part One looks at the Biblical teaching concerning the Holy Spirit, as Smeaton leads us on a journey of exploration through Scripture teachings on the Holy Spirit. In Part Two John Owen deals with the relationship between the believer and the Holy Spirit in our daily experience. Living with the Living God provides an accessible and practical opportunity for the contemporary reader to understand the work of the Holy Spirit.

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