Jim and I started a new book this morning: The Godly Man’s Picture: drawn with a scripture pencil by Thomas Watson. I am sure that we will be challenged by this book and I also know that it will take some time to work through it.
Though first published in 1666, we are reading the First Banner of Truth edition that was reprinted in 1999.
“Few preachers in the Puritan era (or any other period of church history) match Thomas Watson for his ability to combine rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine and sane wisdom with fascinating illustrations and a pleasant style. Watson is remembered chifly for his posthumously published Body of Practical Divinity. But his extant sermons also include this marvellous series on the character of the Christian. It is, as C.H. Spurgeon said of his other work, ‘a happy union of sound doctrine, heart-searching experience and practical wisdom’.
“Watson is always the essence of sanity and reliability. But in addition, this work shows how attractive the grace of God is. Christians of all stages, reading it for the first time, will feel as if they have entered the gallery of a great portrait painter. As his sub-title suggests, Watson works with ‘a Scripture pencil’ in this priceless sketch of the true believer.”