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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Afflictive providences will drive us to the feet of Thee, and there make us to judge and condemn ourselves.

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The Mystery of Providence

You can read my full review at Quieted Waters. Just before his death he acted as moderator at a meeting of dissenting ministers held at Topsham. Quotes from The Mystery Of Pr What this book really challenged me was to reflect in my own lives the providence of God and His divine favor and mercy–and how God has been the one who had a better plan than I did and led me to the right di I’ve enjoyed this book by the Puritan John Flavel. Richard Flavel, described as ‘a painful and eminent minister,’ who was incumbent successively of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Hasler and Willersey, Gloucestershire from which last living he was ejected inwas born in or about at Bromsgrove.

Published August 1st by Banner of Truth first fo I do like how the author brings the devotional flavor to the subject of God’s providence. My favorite off is the Doctrine of Providence.


This is a practical and devotional book on God’s providence that purposes to bolster the faith of those who are waivering in the midst of difficult circumstances, and rekindle a dependency on God in those who, enjoying comfortable circumstances, have drifted away from reliance on Him. Flavel would teach us that God’s will for us is our duty to be found in His Word. Flavel handles his task with theological precision and cogent application.

Aug 02, Melinda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Certainly not a good book to give to non-Christians, but then again, that was not the public the writer had in mind. I recommend this book as a slowly-read morning devotional, to alert your ot and mind to God’s hand in your life. Want to Read saving….

Jun 11, Matt Galyon readsandcoffee rated it really liked it. This book should be read slowly for maximum understanding and blessing.

The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel – Still Waters Revival Books

They are a bit over the top and unrealistic. It is widely believed that Puritans were dry, old men that were difficult to understand. Flavel shows how providence is not merely a random act of kindness by God, sometimes noticed by us every once in a while in our lives, but that it is indeed the gracious hand of God working in every aspect of our lives effecting the perfect will of our sovereign Lord.

One who prefers quick-fix, quasi-spiritual literature will find nothing appealing in Flavel’s efforts. This is a sure rule: Read this in the early 90s. But for the person who will give the time to apprehend this most sacred of subjects, he will not be disappointed with the assistance of The Mystery of Providence.

Our own projects have come to nothing, and that which we never thought of or contrived has taken place; not our choice of the ground, or skill in weighing and delivering the bowl, but some unforeseen providence, like a rub in the green, was that which made the cast.


Feb 08, Sheri Ingersoll rated it liked it. Jun 10, John rated it it was amazing. He continually uses provvidence not as God’s foreknowledge or plan but simply God in action.

Not exactly my cup of tea. I found this one to be VERY worthwhile. This book does not encourages me in my faith, nor does it show me unknown features of my awesome God. He masterfully weaves in scripture to support his points and exhorts and encourages believers in a most convicting manner!

Finally, our Christian witness will not be crippled, as many fear, but quickened by a right apprehension of the sovereignty of God. Great book, so much meat and so much to ponder. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Nov 06, Sally Ewan rated it it was amazing Shelves: It will instruct, encourage and uplift you – I guarantee it!

Apr 30, Elizabeth Prata rated it liked it. First published in and written by John Flavel, this book is one in my Puritan Reading challenge books. 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, or from before conversion.