John Owen’s writings, though challenging, are full of rich spiritual insights. In this unabridged volume, editors Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic have edited three of Owen's classic works—Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers, Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It, and The Nature, Power, Deceit, and Prevalency of Indwelling Sin. They have updated the author’s language, translated the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, and footnoted difficult or unknown phrases, all without sacrificing any of Owen’s original message. These three treatises on temptation, sin, and repentance are theologically robust and insightful while also being accessible to modern readers. Overcoming Sin and Temptation will help a new generation benefit from the writings of this remarkable Puritan. Now redesigned with a new cover.
"The editors of this volume have worked hard to make Owen's unrivalled insight into the Christian's inner war with sin accessible to all, and the result is truly a godsend."
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
"To read Owen is to mine spiritual gold. Unfortunately, as in mining, reading Owen is hard work. Now, Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor have made Owen's work accessible to modern readers while still retaining his unique writing style."
Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness
“John Owen’s wisdom is the missing link in our culture’s confusion about sexual sin. Kapic and Taylor’s matchless edition renders transparent the practical theology of one of the great Puritan thinkers, bringing Owen to accessible light without sacrificing theological integrity. I consistently use this book in women’s studies and one-on-one discipling and counseling, especially with women who struggle with unwanted lesbian desires and pornography. Understanding that indwelling sin manipulates believers and how to deal with this is, sadly, the best kept secret in contemporary evangelical discourse on sin. Understanding sin rightly allows believers to glorify God with rugged love, as Owen shows us that repentance of sin is itself the threshold to our merciful God. Every believer should read this book.”
Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Gospel Comes with a House Key
"With brilliant editorial efforts and insightful introductions by Kapic and Taylor, John Owen's magnificent treatises on sin and sanctification have been made available for a new generation."
David S. Dockery, Chancellor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"Sin is tenacious, but by God's grace we can hate it and hunt it. John Owen provides the master guide for the sin-hunter. Kapic and Taylor bring together three of Owen's classics, clarifying them in simple ways-but all the substance, the careful, hounding arguments are still there."
Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks
"John Owen understood how the gospel makes us well. Three cheers for Kapic and Taylor for introducing a new generation to Owen's peerless works."
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries
"John Owen is a spiritual surgeon with the rare skill to cut away the cancer of sin and bring gospel healing to the sinner's soul. Apart from the Bible, I have found his writings to be the best books ever written to help me stop sinning the same old sins."
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College
"No writer has taught me more about the dynamics of the heart and the deceitfulness of sin than John Owen. Read this book carefully; it will help you understand your heart and experience God's grace."
C.J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville
Table of Contents:
Foreword (John Piper)
Preface: Reading John Owen: Why a New Edition? (Justin Taylor)
Introduction: Life in the Midst of Battle: John Owen’s Approach to Sin, Temptation, and the Christian Life (Kelly M. Kapic)
Overview of John Owen’s Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers (Justin Taylor)
Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers
Part 1: The Necessity of Mortification
Part 2: The Nature of Mortification
Part 3: The Means of Mortification
Overview of John Owen’s Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It (Justin Taylor)
Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It
Part 1: The Nature of Temptation
Part 2: The Danger of Entering Temptation
Part 3: The Great Duty of All Believers
Part 4: Particular Cases and General Directions
Overview of John Owen’s Indwelling Sin (Justin Taylor)
Part 1: The Nature of Indwelling Sin
Part 2: The Power and Efficacy of Indwelling Sin
Part 3: The Effect and Strength of Indwelling Sin
1. Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers
2. Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It
3. The Nature, Power, Deceit, and Prevalency of Indwelling Sin