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The Foundation of Communion with God by Ryan M. McGraw


“The Foundation of Communion with God” introduces readers to the Trinitarian piety of John Owen (1616–1683). Ryan McGraw’s introduction to Owen sketches the major events of this important theologian’s life and shows how his circumstances shaped his thought on the themes of the Trinity and public worship. The second part of the book presents forty-one brief selections from Owen’s writings that trace his thoughts on knowing God as triune, on Scripture and worship, on heavenly-mindedness, and on covenant and the church. Appendixes provide readers with a chronological list of Owen’s writings and a guide to them for those who wish to delve deeper into this great theologian’s thoughts. (From the Publisher’s Website)



“Many authors have recognized that John Owen is one of the most important theologians of the seventeenth century. People frequently complain that Owen’s writings are difficult to read, but most who do read his work find that he is worth the effort. He was a first-rate pastor, a painstaking scholar, a strict professor, a zealous Puritan, a Reformed orthodox theologian, and a prolific writer. All of these things shaped Owen’s Trinitarian piety and the importance that he placed on public worship.” (pages 3-4)



John Owen has been influential in my spiritual formation. He was a writer who thoroughly exhausted most of the topics he tackled. I have often read his works and as arguments pop up in my mind he deals with them. He is a bit difficult to read, especially for extended periods of time. But I have always come away from my readings of his works enriched in my faith and practice.

Mr. McGraw has given us a small treasure in this book. The reader is treated to an introduction to John Owen’s life before being exposed to selections from his works. These selections are short and well-chosen to introduce the reader to Owen’s Trinitarian theology. I found this to be a good devotional to whet my appetite to read more Owen.

I remember the first of his works that I read and how glad I was to have discovered John Owen. I hope that as people are exposed to this book that they will find as good a mentor in him as I have. Reader beware: if you venture into the deep waters of John Owen’s writings, you will be unsatisfied with much that passes as quality theological literature these days.

Thank you Ryan McGraw and Reformation Heritage Press for this excellent little book.


Book Details:


  • Editor: Ryan M. McGraw
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Page Count:149
  • ISBN#: 9781601783394
  • List Price:$10.00



About the Editor:

Ryan M. McGraw is pastor of First Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, California; research associate, university of the Free State; adjunct professor of systematic theology, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


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Disclaimer: I received this book from Reformation Heritage Books via Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my unbiased opinion.




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