Matrimonial Honor by Daniel Rogers.
This rare puritan treatise on marriage is finally back in print after over 350 years. The great importance of godly marriages is emphasized by Daniel Rogers. “Marriage is the preservative of chastity, the seminary of the commonwealth, seed-plot of the church, pillar (under God) of the world, right-hand of providence, supporter of laws, states, orders, offices, gifts, and services: the glory of peace, the sinews of war, the maintenance of policy, the life of the dead, the solace of the living, the ambition of virginity, the foundation of countries, cities, universities, succession of families, crowns, and kingdoms; truly (besides the being of these) it is the wellbeing of them being made, and whatsoever is excellent in them, or any other thing, the very furniture of heaven (in a kind) depending thereupon.”
Chilton Latham Powell, English Domestic Relations, 1487-1653: A Study of Matrimony and Family Life in Theory and Practice as Revealed by the Literature, law, and History of the Period, p. 138, writes:
Daniel Rogers' Matrimonnial Honovr is interesting for several reasons. It was written by a minister of the Church of England; like Gouge's book, it is an exposition of life rather than the Scriptures; it is extremely human in its attitude, kindly towards the much abused weaknesses of mankind, and respectful towards people whose beliefs differed from the author's own. Were it not for the fact that it covers but a small part of the field, although 389 pages in length, it would surely outrank all others of the type. Rogers discusses only two main subjects, the honor of matrimony and the duties of husband and wife, but digresses at times to speak of parental consent to child marriages, of contracts of marriage, and, in an appendix, of chastity and the lack of it.
Rogers begins the treatise by showing that marriage is honorable. He then instructs the reader on what is necessary for a good entrance into marriage. It is necessary that one marries in the Lord and that there is aptness and suitableness to the match. Rogers then digresses to handle two points, which are consent of parents and the marriage contract. Returning to the main point of the treatise, he discusses three joint duties of the married, which are unity in religion, chastity, and mutual consent. Rogers then proceeds to handle the respective duties of the husband and the wife. Starting with the husband, he instructs the husband in three duties, namely, that he should be a man of understanding, providence, and given to honor and respect his wife. He then handles the reflective duties of the wife in response to the three duties of the husband. Her subjection to her husband is a response to his understanding. The helpfulness of the wife is in response to the husband’s providence. Finally, the husband’s giving of honor or respect to the wife is reflected back on him by the wife’s gracefulness. Rogers has added a lengthy appendix to the treatise regarding God’s terrible judgments against the defilers of marriage, with sundry means and counsels to pursue chastity.
The book has been re-typeset and modernized.
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Size: 6 x 9 inches
A Children's Lives of the Reformers by Mrs. Julia McNair Wright
Julia McNair Wright (1840-1903) was a well-educated woman, a clergyman's wife, a mother, and a prolific writer. She published two sets of short children's biographies known as the True Story Library. This particular set, the Reformers (twelve books in one), was published in 1870 and includes the lives of George Wishart, John Knox, William Tyndale, Richard Baxter, John Huss, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, John Calvin, Margaret of Navarre, Renee of Ferrara, William Farel, and Admiral Gaspard Coligni. The words written by Mrs. Wright certainly apply today as much as they did in the 19th century. "The world and the Church need a good shaking just now to wake them up to the work of the Lord, and where is the Luther strong in Jesus to do it? He may be some boy reading this book. God knows."
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
An Antidote Against Discord Between Man and Wife
This book is a reprint of The Honourable State of Matrimony Made Comfortable Or An Antidote Against Discord Betwixt Man and Wife originally printed in 1685. It has been re-typeset with modern spellings. The author is unknown, but is commonly cited as D.B.
“I am confident there was never a Discourse of this nature in this method; none adventuring to deal so particularly and fully with such passionate Relations as he hath done. The great reason that it is so difficult to make up breaches between Men and their Wives is, because they are all averse to the acknowledging of their faultiness; every one conceits him or her self to be wronged. Therefore this Author hath endeavored to discover which of those Relations is most in fault when Discord doth arise between them, and that so the most faulty may be convinced thereof, and thereby influenced to a faithful endeavor of reformation. These Antidotes are not only proper to cure, but also to prevent Discord between such near Relations: So it will be of general use to all married persons. I could heartily wish that every professing Family had one of these little Books, there being in the Appendix laid down special directions for the right ordering of Family-concerns both in relation to Children and Servants, as a special means to preserve the peace of Families. O you Husbands and Wives that have felt the smart of your furious contentions, be willing to use the means to make your lives more comfortable. In this Book you will find helps by the blessing of God to enable you to take more complacence in each other, and to live more peaceably and lovingly together.” ~Excerpt from “To The Reader” by D.B.
Size: 5.25 x 8 inches
The Reward of Religion by Edward Topsell
This edition is based on the text of The Reward of Religion published in 1613. The once popular Puritan commentary on the book of Ruth went through four printings in a very short time (1596, 1597, 1601 and 1613). It has been re-typeset with modern spellings.
“very choice old work. Attersoll in his rhyming preface says of it— “Go little Book, display thy golden title, (And yet not little though thou little be); Little for price and yet in price not little, Thine was the Pain, the gain is ours I see: (Although our gain thou deem’st no pain to thee). If then, O reader, little pain thou take, Thou greatest gain with smallest pain shall make.”
~Charles Spurgeon, Commenting and Commentaries
“Consider therefore, my beloved, what is the hope of our profession whereunto we are called, the dignity of our condition wherein we stand, and the reward of our Religion prepared for our souls. Call to mind the examples of the Fathers, the promises of the Gospel, the oath of the Lord himself, the price of our redemption, and the place of our salvation: you shall find nothing wanting in Religion, that might increase your blessedness. Therefore how happy are the ears that hear the things which we hear, the eyes that see the things which we see, the hands that handle the things which we touch, nay the souls that are assured of the favor of God. If all the world would go about to set down the felicity of the godly, and the dignity of the chosen, they could never achieve it: no, not that which they enjoy in this life, for their thoughts are heavenly, their hearts the throne of the holy Ghost, their hands feel the Lord of glory, their tongues talk of his praise, their feet stand in his Temple, their words are acceptable before him, their prayers like sweet savors of incense, their worship like evening sacrifices, their eyes behold his glory, their ears hear his wisdom, and their names are written in the kingdom of heaven.” ~Edward Topsell, Excerpt from To The Reader
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
If you join our mailing list you will be able to download a free copy of Thomas Doolittle's Complete Body of Practical Divinity, which is his commentary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
Contact us: email@example.com