The Mystery of Providence has ratings and 64 reviews. K.M. said: Took me a while to fully appreciate the book. The first half focuses a little too mu. John Flavel, Works, vol 4 (Baynes and Son, London, ), pp. Conduct or the Mystery of providence Opened was first published in and has passed. Based on Psalm , ‘The Mystery of Providence’ by John Flavel shows how providence works for us in every stage and experience of our lives. pp.

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It’s easy to recognize God at work when circumstances seem to confirm His sovereign arrangements in our lives. However, perseverance with the text, the concepts, ideas and applications of Scripture yield some majestic treasures. I was introduced to this prolific writer, and dedicated Puritan through the reading of this book.

Such a book is The Mystery of providence by John Flavel.

I think that it is a ‘must read’ book for Christians. As with most writings from this time period and genre, the text will hardly honor the reader who assumes that he might flippantly peruse it. It also does not make me happy, nor do I feel exhorted by its message.

Often they are hard and he brings storms to make wreck of our lives. Lists with This Book. In a systematic fashion, Flavel first lays down the groundwork for the reader, surrounding the reader with all the evidences of Providence that accompany the saint day to day throughout his life, even from before conversion. He masterfully weaves in scripture to support his points and exhorts and encourages believers in a most convicting manner!


To know that He cares for His children and that He truly works all things together for their good as well as His glory brings joy and contentment to this earthly existence. The author also balances discussion about providence and His guidance with the need for the Word of God as the directing norms in our lives, and not use the excuse that providence has allowed us the door to go sin.

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Feb 15, Peter N. He died suddenly of paralysis at Exeter on 26 Juneand was buried in Dartmouth churchyard. Jan 09, Matt Crawford rated it jystery liked it.

Apr 28, Graham Heslop rated it liked it. Feb 08, Sheri Ingersoll rated it liked it. They are a bit over the top and unrealistic.

The Mystery of Providence

He continued to minister at Diptford for about six years, succeeding the senior minister providencr he died, and endearing himself greatly to the people, not only by his earnestness, but by his easy dealings with them in the matter of tithes. Return to Book Page. May 02, Trish rated it it was amazing. There are books that are written for a particular season of life and experience and then are other books which, although they may be more relevant in particular seasons of life, are whole-life books.

It’s a difficult book, at least to me at the time last year. While we may see many deficiencies in these things, each was crafted carefully and lovingly by God mysery Father to bring us exactly to where He wants us to be. One who prefers quick-fix, quasi-spiritual literature will find nothing appealing in Flavel’s efforts.


It is no accident that we are born when and where we are, with the parents we have, and in the way we have been raised.

The book is excellent. Flavel is one of the easiest Puritans to read. Well worth the wait to the penultimate chapter when he discusses the benefit of trials. It povidence me grateful all over again for the list of blessings I recorded when my husband was diagnosed with and went through treatment for cancer. This is a comforting book, and one I will re-read often in the future.

The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel

First published in and written by John Flavel, this book is one in my Puritan Reading challenge books. He gives excellent advice on how to trust in God in the midst of those situations. This book mystfry not encourages me in my faith, nor does it show me unknown features of my awesome God. Not exactly my cup of tea.