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Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting, are essential to true Christianity. Few better guides have existed in any area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson....

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  • Douglas Wilson
    2019-05-04 21:48

    On the plus side of good. Listened to it again in April of 2017, and thought it improved a star, from three to four. Listened to it again in November of 2017.

  • Philip Mcduffie
    2019-05-05 22:44

    I am thankful to have picked this up when I did. Watson is both biblical and theological in persuading you to repent. Also, this is probably one of the most quotable books I have ever read. Here is just a taste!"Smite your soul, said Chrysostom, smite it; it will escape death by that stroke. How happy it would be if we were more deeply affected with sin, and our eyes did swim in their orb.""Repentance is pure gospel grace.""A wicked man may be troubled for scandalous sins; a real convert laments heart-sins.""Godly sorrow, however, is chiefly for the trespass against God, so that even if there were no conscience to smite, no devil to accuse, no hell to punish, yet the soul would still be grieved because of the prejudice done to God.""We are to find as much bitterness in weeping for sin as ever we found sweetness in committing it.""A broken heart and a broken Christ do well agree. The more bitterness we taste in sin, the more sweetness we shall taste in Christ.""They who will not confess their sin as David did, that they may be pardoned, shall confess their sin as Achan did, that they may be stoned.""Confession of sin endears Christ to the soul.""Unthankfulness is a sin so great that God himself stands amazed at it: 'Hear, o Heavens, and give ear, O each: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me' (Isa 1:2)."Can we look upon a suffering Savior with dry eyes? Shall we not be sorry for those sins which made Christ a man of sorrow? Shall not our enormities, which drew blood from Christ, draw tears from us? Shall we sport any more with sin and so rake in Christ's wounds? Oh that by repentance we would crucify our sins afresh!""A repenting person fears and sins not; a graceless person sins and fears not.""Thus I have laid down the means or helps to repentance. What remains now but that we set upon the work. And let us be in earnest, not as fencers but as warriors."

  • Peter N.
    2019-04-26 18:57

    A really good book on repentance. Uncovers all the false ways we repent, gives a picture of what true repentance looks like, as well as motivations to repent. The only drawback is one can leave feeling like they have never really repented at all. As with most Puritans, they uncover our the deceitfulness of our heart, which can leave someone feeling unsure that they are even saved. I am not sure that is such a bad thing. Carl Trueman said when he was in England he had to convince folks they really were Christians. But when he came to America he had the opposite problem. This book is an excellent antidote to the self-assured presumption of many American Christians who think they can follow Jesus without leading a life of repentance. As an aside, Watson would have been a beast on Twitter. He is one of the most quotable Puritans.

  • junia
    2019-05-23 01:43

    What mattered then matters nowI thought this was a very accessible book. There were times where it felt repetitive but then it also made me realize how nuanced repentance is. Also, from reading this book, I realized that what I'm being reminded today was also important back then.Thankful for the reminders and also new lenses that this book provided me.

  • Chris Land
    2019-05-01 02:02

    Great book on repentance that all Christians must read.

  • Noel Burke
    2019-04-28 01:56

    This was very good. A book on repentance sounds like something hung you might want to avoid, but what treasure there is in this little book. I was convicted and also sharpened to better understand repentance and how I might go about doing that before my God and King. Short book and well worth your time.

  • Rebeca Salazar
    2019-05-12 21:41

    Livro maravilhoso! Com certeza irá mudar seu pensamento sobre arrependimento!

  • Rex Blackburn
    2019-04-26 22:03

    Great. Will refer back anytime I need counsel on repenting. Thorough, discouraging, heart-warming, Puritan.

  • Scott Head
    2019-05-15 22:01

    Watson's "Doctrine of Repentance" is my go-to work on the subject. Exceptionally practical, it is a master-work of Puritan applied theology. This book, in the Puritan Paperback edition, is accessible, rich, reverent and complete. Watson breaks down true repentance into seven major steps, all of which are immensely useful for today's Christian who finds himself in need of such grace and mercy as repentance. In ministry, this book makes a great hand out to those struggling with sin, much more useful than much of the so-called counseling material published these days. This is on my personal list of my top ten Christian books that ought to be in every believer's home.

  • Baylee King
    2019-05-21 20:41

    "How happy it would be if we were more deeply affected with sin..." This book does just that. It deeply affects the reader with their sins. Showing them the bitterness of sin compared to the sweetness of the blood of Christ that can be had for all who would repent.

  • Josh Miller
    2019-05-04 23:38

    Once I started reading, I could not put the book down. Written so simply yet so profoundly! I found myself underlining, marking, and meditating on the quips, quotes, and Scriptures woven together by this Puritan work of nearly 350 years ago. I recommend this small book for any minister of the Gospel as well as any person wanting to learn more of the doctrine of repentance found in the Word of God. Having my heart stirred, I will be recommending this book to many of my friends!Here are a few lines from the book:"Self-love raises a sickbed vow, and love of sin will prevail against it. Trust not to a passionate resolution; it is raised in a storm and will die in a calm.""Repentance is a grace of God's Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed.""The eye is made both for seeing and weeping. Sin must first be seen before it can be wept for.""A woman may as well expect to have a child without pangs as one can have repentance without sorrow.""Martyrs shed blood for Christ, and penitents shed tears for sin.""Unsound hearts pretend to leave old sins, but they do not turn to God or embrace His service.""The repenting prodigal did not only leave his harlots, but he arose and went to his father.""A hard heart is a receptacle for Satan. As God has two places He dwells in, heaven and a humble heart, so the devil has two places he dwells in, hell and a hard heart. It is not falling into water that drowns, but lying in it. It is not falling into sin that damns, but lying in it without repentance.""There is no rowing to paradise except upon the stream of repenting tears.""Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.""Such as will not weep with Peter shall weep like Judas.""Indeed repentance fits us for mercy. As the plough, when it breaks up the ground, fits it for the seed, so when the heart is broken up by repentance, it is fitted for remission, but it does not merit it. God will not save us without repentance, nor yet for it. Repentance is a qualification, not a cause.""We please God by repentance but we do not satisfy Him by it. To trust to our repentance is to make it a saviour. Though repentance helps to purge out the filth of sin, yet it is Christ's blood that washes away the guilt of sin. Therefore, do not idolize repentance.""The farm and the shop so take up people's time that they have no leisure for their souls. Their golden weights hinder their silver tears.""Every step forward in sin is a step backward from God.""The further one goes from the sun, the nearer he approaches to darkness. The further the soul goes from God, the nearer he approaches to misery."

  • Mike E.
    2019-05-04 03:04

    A wicked man may be troubled for scandalous sins; a real convert laments heart-sins. (8)Judas had some trouble of mind. It is one thing to be a terrified sinner and another to be a repenting sinner. Sense of guilt is enough to breed terror. Infusion of grace breeds repentance. If pain and trouble were sufficient to repentance, then the damned in hell should be most penitent, for they are most in anguish. Repentance depends upon a change of heart. There may be terror, yet with no change of heart. (6)A true convert acknowledges his particular sins. As it is with a wounded man, who comes to the surgeon and shows him all his wounds—here I was cut in the head, there I was shot in the arm—so a mournful sinner confesses the several distempers of his soul. (12)Origen calls confession the vomit of the soul, whereby the conscience is eased of that burden which did lie upon it. Now, when we have vomited up sin by confession, we must not return to this vomit. (12)Many had rather have their sins covered than cured. (13) A gracious soul labours tomake the worst of his sins, but hypocrites make the best of them. (13)Compare sin with hell, and you shall see that sin is worse. Torment has its emphasis in hell, yet nothing there is as bad as sin. Hell is of God’s making, but sin is none of His making. Sin is the devil’s creature. The tor-ments of hell are a burden only to the sinner, but sin is a burden to God: “I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves” (Amo 2:13). In the torments of hell there is something that is good, namely, the execution of divine justice. There is justice to be found in hell, but sin is a piece of the highest injustice. It would rob God of His glory, Christ of His purchase, the soul of its happiness. Judge, then, if sin be not a most hateful thing, which is worse than affliction or hell. (20)

  • Mikeandamy Galdamez
    2019-04-24 01:52

    Repentance has fallen on hard times among American evangelicals. Churches would rather hear a message free of God's wrath and filled with a pseudo-love. If pastors would read and take to heart Thomas Watson's The Doctrine of Repentance we might see a heaven-sent revival. Watson reveals the absolute need for repentance in the life of the sinner. This repentance is a grace of God that consists of six elements: 1. Sight of sin 2. Sorrow for sin 3. Confession of sin 4. Shame for sin 5. Hatred for sin 6. Turning from sin. More than a mere exposition of the doctrine of repentance, Watson's work is an exhortation to sinners to repent. I found myself stopping periodically to confess my sins to God and to ask God to grant me and my loved ones a greater degree of repentance.

  • Caleb
    2019-05-02 01:39

    Never have I underlined a book so much!In fact, I underlined every page but 3! As my first puritan read, I was not at all intimidated by the language/translation. The book is only 60 pages, but it's condensed with much wisdom, scripture, and theology. I highly recommend this for anyone who knows they have unrepentant sin or addiction. This short read took me a month or two to finish due to all the notetaking and chewing. I could hardly make it a page or two before stopping to think. I could not believe there was so much to know about a small doctrine like this! I learned a lot and this book has greatly affected me and the way I look at my repentance.I'd say this is a must read and is going on the shelf with my favorites!

  • Daniel Toole
    2019-04-26 01:41

    This book is such a convicting gut punch! Watson really gets at the root of true biblical Repentance . Particularly helpful to me is how he exposes false repentance in our hearts . This is an old puritan book, but don't let that intimidate you. It's a very easy read and the footnotes in the Banner of Truth Puritan Paperbacks version help with unfamiliar terms to modern readers. This book will crush you in a good way by exposing the ugliness of sin, while showing the beauty and grace found only in Christ.

  • Matt Crawford
    2019-04-24 00:39

    Thx s book hit me hard. The reasons for repentance. The reasons repentance is contrary to our nature. Why it is necessary. Watson of resents it in such a way you would not realize his original audience was a few hundred years ago. He is a master of language and i finished every chapter doing self evaluation

  • Savio Sebastian
    2019-04-23 21:53

    I never thought about repentance much before reading this. I don't understand repentance and I think this is a good book to go back to again and again to remind me of this very importance facet of the faith

  • Melvin
    2019-05-16 23:59

    amazing book..there are things i never thought of and really good instruction....i am always amazed by the amount of thought and wisdom contained by people of a past era. we assume ourselves wiser but underestimate puritans.

  • Rickey Dees
    2019-05-09 19:40

    Must ReadA great discourse on what true repentance looks like. It is not enough to only acknowledge sin but to have an intense hatred of it. “Til sin be bitter, Christ will never be sweet”

  • Corey Keast
    2019-05-10 19:55

    ExcellentA much needed reminder for Christians and heathen alike. Without Christ there would be no repentance. Thank the Lord for His abundant mercies.

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  • Don Henrikson
    2019-05-06 20:05

    I am always amazed at the clarity and depth of Watson's writing. On a topic as important and neglected as this one, both are a real blessing.

  • Maxwell Kendall
    2019-04-26 23:46

    Very encouraging

  • Noah
    2019-05-23 00:59

    Hard hitting.

  • Anna
    2019-05-13 22:38

    This book was published in 1668 and written by Thomas Watson. When reading older books, I am always a bit hesitant in reading them because I am fearful that I will not understand some of the details because of the older English vernacular. Thankfully, this wasn't the case in this edition. It never ceases to amaze me just how much we still have in common with people throughout the generations. The spiritual struggles Christians had in the 1600's are the same ones that we have today. As an "old soul" I tend to think that people were nicer in previous generations, but I have found that people are people and there is nothing new under the sun. In this book, Mr. Watson is very organized. He makes out different lists on how to identify an unrepentant spirit, or how to apply repentance daily and even how to combat sin. He also uses every day life to help the reader understand the point he is trying to make, and his word usage to compare and contrast is quote worthy. I also appreciated all the Bible citations he gave after many of his sentences. He made his case for what he was saying by going back to the Bible. The opinions and advise he gave were founded not on his own wisdom, but on Scripture. Many times, I remembered a citation and went back to read it and it was as he had said.Because of so many citations and so many quote worthy sentences, I do not recommend this book to be listened to as an audio book. This book is meant to be read and highlighted. Maybe, from now on, I will only use Audible for fiction. Thankfully there is a "bookmark" link on Audible where if I hear something I like, I can "bookmark" it and then go back to it later.Here are some of those compare and contrast quotes I was talking about:The more regret we have first at our conversion, the less we'll feel afterwards.Speaking about the Apostle Paul: He had persecuted saints to death before, now he preached sinners to life. Someone who can believe without doubting should suspect his faith, and someone who can repent without sorrowing should suspect his repentance.On temptation: Is he not a fool who would believe a temptation and not a promise.So as God has two places where He dwells - Heaven and a humble heart. So does Satan have two places where he dwells - Hell and a hard heart.And here is a quote that explains repentance with word pictures:Blessed repentance that has so much sugar at the bottom of the bitter cup! The key to personal awakening and revival is repentance and the elation of forgiveness. Believe it or not it is also the key to joy. For when I am truly repentant because I have offended God, I find joy in His forgiveness. When I am repentant I can't judge hypocritically, for I too am a sinner. I can't hate what is done to me, for I have done far worse to the most Holy One. I can't sit idly by and do nothing for my neighbor, for He has done so much for me to be able to grant me forgiveness. I can't hate, for I am loved. I can't complain, for I am grateful.Thomas WatsonSo much in my Christian walk would change if I would just practice repentance daily. This book has helped me to see that. Mr. Watson has so many illustrations and breaks down what he is trying to say so well. His examples of how to apply this and why we should apply repentance are so helpful and clear. He just makes logical sense throughout the whole book. I remember several times just being astounded when he made a point and then clarified it with a reasoned analogy. The book is actually about 128 pages, so it could be read in one day. And as I researched more I found he wrote several other small books about different topics. If you would like a list of the books he has written click here. I recommend that every Christian read at least one book by Thomas Watson. This was a beautifully written book. His grasp on the English language and his thoughtfulness in regards to Scripture is profound. As I read more on him, I found out that he died suddenly while in private prayer. What a way to die! A thought that came to mind when I read that was that I don't even pray that much to be caught dead doing it. What are the odds of that for me, much less than Mr. Watson's or many other strong Christians?

  • Steve Hemmeke
    2019-04-21 20:00

    With typical Puritan thoroughness, Thomas Watson explored in 1668 what it means to repent. It is still potent today.Watson considers what repentance isn't, what it is, reasons to repent, and warnings for not repenting. He exhorts us to repent, to repent speedily. He describes repentance, the comfort that comes with it, obstacles to repentance, and ways to repent. Scripture flows freely from Watson's pen, especially at the end of chapters as he comes to his climax.The title will mislead the modern reader, for this is no abstract textbook about repentance out there on a classroom chalkboard. No, Watson probes the depths of the soul, addressing you directly, exhorting you to practice the repentance he describes.While thoroughness is typical and expected of Puritans, this work also is typical in an unexpected way to the modern reader. It is filled with colorful metaphor. Several puritans were such, to the surprise of contemporary folk schooled in the assumptions that they wore black and scowled all the time. Nothing could be further from the truth. From the second sentence of the book, Watson tells us that "faith and repentance" are the "two wings by which [the believer] flies to heaven." And he doesn't let off the pedal of picturesque language throughout, like PG Wodehouse in an installment of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster. Sin is not an ornament, but excrement. Sin is a bruise which gangrenes and kills if not cured. Tears of repentance are showers that bring the flower of grace to blossom. And on and on.Maybe it's just from not having read any puritans for a while, but this gets a rare 5 stars in my book.

  • Gottfried Sam
    2019-05-12 23:43

    Slowly, page by page as you read, your sins in the deepest level will come to the surface. As I kept reading, I could sense how deceitful it is to think that I am a passionate follower of Christ –– There is still a long way to go. All I could say is, I am like the Beggar who says to Jesus, "Son of David, have mercy on Me." I think, this book is the best book on Repentance, it takes a lot of time to reflect and read this. Repentance comes from the Holy Spirit. Also, you can check out John Owen's book on this topic.There is cruelty in your sin, with every sin you commit, you stab at your own soul. A dead man has no sense, He who is dead has no taste. Sin is spiritual sickness, one man is sick of pride, another of lust, another of malice.Repentance is necessary. "The Very day a Christian turns from sin, he must enjoy himself a perpetual fast, the eye must fast from impure glance, the ear must fast from hearing slanders, the tongue must fast from oaths, the hands must fast from bribes, the feet must fast from the path of harlot. And the soul must fast from the love of wickedness" -- Thomas Watson

  • Micah
    2019-04-30 19:37

    Thomas Watson is one of my favorite authors. Few people are able to write as simply and powerfully as Watson. He has an ability to illustrate that brings you up close to the idea is communicating. This book on repentance in particular is an outstanding. This is such an important and much neglected topic. He has many great quotes but here is one good one to hold onto:"The more bitterness we taste in sin— the more sweetness we shall taste in Christ!"Watson, Thomas (2012-09-02). The Doctrine of Repentance (Kindle Location 401). . Kindle Edition. Here is one primary aspect of his book that he analyzes:"Repentance is a spiritual medicine made up of six special ingredients: 1. Sight of sin 2. Sorrow for sin 3. Confession of sin 4. Shame for sin 5. Hatred for sin Turning from sin If any one ingredient is left out, it loses its virtue."Watson, Thomas (2012-09-02). The Doctrine of Repentance (Kindle Locations 199-205). . Kindle Edition.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-25 23:46

    The theological depth of Watsons writing is profound, yet what is even more striking is his wonderful ability to apply biblical truth practically to the lives of believers. I would be content with half of his gifts in pastoral care. Even now, nearly 400 years later, Watson's pastoral guidance is speaking into the lives of countless men and women. His teaching on repentance is no exception - from his standpoint and a loving pastor, he seeks to lay out a practical theology of repentance. He expounds the nature of true repentance, exhorts and motivates the reader to repent, and in the final two chapters he prescribes some practical means of repentance. The book is short enough that even someone who struggles with the dated language should be able to get through it. Watson is one of the most eloquent and easy-to-read puritans, and a true gift to the Church. "The Doctrine of Repentance" is a must-read.