Thursday Book Review – The Art of Divine Contentment

Beloved brethren after getting such joy, edification, and enlargement from Puritan Thomas Watson’s The Ten Commandments I quickly devoured another of his works, The Art of Divine Contentment. This wonderful book, though much shorter than the Ten Commandments, is chalk full of Scripture. Essentially this is a wonderfully extended exegesis of Philippians 4:11.

This book follows a similar pattern as the previous one I reviewed, lending itself to note taking. Again, for someone with a horrible memory such as myself, this is very helpful. It hasn’t touched the top ten list, but I would still recommend this book to any believers who struggle in the area of contentment. This is a very convicting topic that Watson addresses so well, using the full counsel of Gods Word. One thing I’ve noticed repeatedly when reading Puritan writings is that they were able to pierce the reader through with truth, without great offense being caused. It’s as if the love they had for the brethren so weighs on their writing that the conviction is all the more of a blessing.

The paperback version can be purchased here, a free audio book can be read here, pdf here, and the kindle version here.


Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

7 thoughts on “Thursday Book Review – The Art of Divine Contentment”

  1. Thanks for this review, sister! I have skimmed briefly through the PDF and found the contents to be very interesting. It always takes a few minutes for my old brain to warm up to the 17th century prose. Christians need to hear a LOT more about Divine Contentment. Today we have many so-called evangelical churches that are goading their members to pray for a new car, a new house, a big promotion at work, etc. Even Christians who don’t follow the prosperity gospel get sucked into the world’s message of strive, strive, strive!

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    1. I agree, brother! It must be exhausting, and discouraging, especially when they’re told that seeing no results means they just didn’t have enough faith. My father-in-law won’t seek medical treatment because he has been told he has to ‘plant that seed’. Very sad!

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