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When calamity and disaster strike as it did on September 11th, many people begin to ask, "Where is God?" and "Why did God allow this to happen?" These are the very questions Thomas Boston addresses in this timeless book. This book includes an introduction and a study guide to maximize the impact of this classic work....

Title : The Crook in the Lot: Or the Sovereignty and Wisdom of God Displayed in the Afflictions of Men
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ISBN : 9781573581370
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Number of Pages : 195 Pages
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The Crook in the Lot: Or the Sovereignty and Wisdom of God Displayed in the Afflictions of Men Reviews

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-28 01:02

    Having read many books on enduring trials & the difficulties of suffering, Crook in the Lot approached this subject from a biblical angle that's rarely preached or understood.That is's not enough to know that God is with you in your hardships or that He will ultimately bring good of all of them but that He is the source of your trials & sufferings, this makes all the difference. Grasping this truth will be an anchor for your soul when your little ship is out on the sea tossing & turning in the overwhelming darkness of night; when you can't see your way & are tempted to believe all hope is gone. If it seems there's no way out; depression, sickness, anxiety or anything that has the potential to engulf us is closing in, Crook in the Lot opens the way to guide us back to God as the sovereign overseeing every detail of our lives.This book would certainly be in my top 5 books I've ever read on this subject for the deep & abiding spiritual principles & practical applications it provided. If you're struggling & discouraged & are doubting the goodness of God in your life, this little book will serve to guide you back to the path of faith & trust that God isn't absent at all but rather is very present & involved.Thank God for this encouraging hope & reassurance day by day while we endure the effects of a fallen world

  • Josh Miller
    2019-04-03 23:00

    A book nearly 300 years old! Although I have read the Bible through many times, the Bible verse upon which the title of this book is based, is a verse that had never stood out to me before. The Scripture reference? Ecclesiastes 7:13 which states, "Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?"Boston, in this short, yet powerful and Scripture filled book, shows us "what to believe when our lot in life is not health, wealth, and happiness." (subtitle of the copy that I have)If you only want to feel better after reading a book, then I submit to you that you stay far away from this book. However, if you want some "strong medicine" along with some "sweetener" here and there, I wholeheartedly encourage you to pick up a copy and read it.Two things stand out to me in this book - 1) the vast use of Scripture (from all parts of the OT & NT) and 2) the overall emphasis on humility when it comes to dealing with the "crooks in the lot" that God brings our way.The last sentence of the book (and a theme throughout) is this: "We may assure ourselves, God will at length break in pieces the proud, be they ever so high; and he will triumphantly lift up the humble, be they ever so low."This book runs counter to the "health, wealth, & prosperity" movement that has been the rage in much of today's Christianity and for that reason, I encourage you to read it!

  • Michael Locklear
    2019-03-30 03:21

    Really, this book deserves a rating of 4.5 stars. This book (especially this edition with the introduction by J. I. Packer) is a must read. Written by the Scottish Puritan Thomas Boston and first published in 1737, this book speaks to those who are suffering, coming out of a period of suffering or about to enter into a time of suffering. In other words, this book is for everyone; for we will all suffer in this world. The title truly describes the book, but allow me to share the author's concluding words: You have heard much of the Crook in the Lot; the excellency of humbleness of spirit in a low lot, beyond pride of spirit, though joined with a high one. You have been called to humble yourselves in your humbling circumstances, and have been assured in that case of a lifting up. To conclude: we may assure ourselves, God will at length break in pieces the proud, be they ever so high; and he will triumphantly lift up the humble, be they ever so low. [pp158, 159]

  • Trisha
    2019-04-09 02:24

    Deeply encouraging and convicting.

  • Josh
    2019-04-03 23:12

    Very good, especially knowing Boston's personal experience with affliction. The editing choices in this particular edition were a little inconsistent: some subheadings highlighted, others not. Also the chapter divisions were sometimes in the middle of the original sermon. But it was still very readable.

  • Matt Crawford
    2019-04-03 20:07

    The Crook in the Lot is something that everyone goes through. This book is about redirection. Rather than simply complaining about your "lot in life" this short book speaks to looking at the purpose behind it. Realize who it is that the Crook comes from, and what it is there for. See who it is who makes it worse. We know that God opposes the proud but this book is more than a life sucks and God made it so, and is not a self help through rose colored glasses "humble yourself and all will be well." It is practical and theological, a look at self evaluation in understanding your identity.

  • Pete
    2019-04-24 03:23

    Painful book to read and yet so encouraging knowing God has it in His hands. Here was the quote I will never forget. "Prosperity puffs up sinners with pride; for it is very hard to keep a low spirit with a high prosperous lot. But God by affliction, calls men down from their heights to sit in the dust, plucks away their gay feathers in which they prided themselves, rubs the paint and varnish from off the creature by which it appears more in its native deformity"

  • Nathan Shaver
    2019-04-09 00:55

    Sorrowful, burdened, grieving? Take this book and let it do its work. Great help to those under the mighty hand of God.

  • Jonathan Wylie
    2019-04-23 22:24

    This book changed my situational awareness. It has caused me to realize I respond to my circumstances in the wrong way. This book I will return to for quotes often.

  • Simon
    2019-03-31 00:05

    Very good. I would recommend it to others who are working through the issue. Not as laborious as some puritan works.

  • M. J.
    2019-04-12 00:01

    I've found this book to be a difficult read because of some of the archaic prose and sentence structure. The Scripture passages, when written out, are often not easily recognizable because they are not from modern translations. It is possible that they were the authors own translations. With a slightly improved layout, updated language, and updated Scripture translation the book would be much more accessible. Title is drawn from Ecclesiastes 7:13 The Crook Itself Proposition 1: Whatever crook there is in one's lot is of God's making Proposition 2: What God sees fit to mar in our lot, no one shall be able to mend Proposition 3: Considering the crook in the lot as the work of God, or of His making, is a proper means to bring us to behave rightly under it. The Duty of Humility Proposition 1: The bent of one's heart in humbling circumstances should be towards a suitable humbling of spirit. Proposition 2: The humbling circumstances which God brings men into Proposition 3: What it is in humbling circumstances to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. Proposition 4: There is a due time wherein those who now humble themselves under the mighty hand of God will certainly be lifted up.

  • Jeff
    2019-04-03 01:19

    One of, if not the best book on dealing with affliction that I've read. It's just what I've been looking for. Boston covers it from many angles. If you don't come away more humble and God fearing after reading this book, you might not have understood it or been able to take in what he has to say at this point in your life. This isn't a modern 'comfort' book or seven steps to overcoming affliction. Some of the older English can be difficult, but I was able to get used to it.As with most or all Puritans, everything is Scriptural based on how the author interprets it. Lowliness, glorifying God, and God's ordaining of everything are stressed. I suppose for those who are ready for it, this book is comforting; at the same time, the truth isn't always easy to accept. I would obviously recommend this to anyone dealing with affliction, but also to anyone who isn't, in order to prepare for what may come in life, and to learn more about God's sovereignty and how we should live as God's children.

  • P.J. Mills
    2019-04-01 20:20

    This book is a gold mine of practical wisdom written by a man (Thomas Boston) who practiced what he preached. The Crook in the Lot is a book about what to believe when our lot in life is not health, wealth, and happiness. It is broken up into three sections; 1) "The Sovereignty and Wisdom of God in the Afflictions of Men Displayed, 2) An Exposition of Proverbs 16:19, and 3) An Exposition of 1 Peter 5:6. Given Boston's actual life circumstances (for more on this read The Memoirs of Thomas Boston, Banner of Truth), this book is a remarkable gift from God to the church. Boston extols the attribute of humility under trying circumstances, and encourages believers that we can be assured our trials are only for a season and in due time we will be lifted up. Boston writes, "we may assure ourselves, God will at length break in pieces the proud, be they ever so high; and he will triumphantly lift up the humble, be they ever so low." I highly recommend this book and pray that it will be a blessing to many others as it has personally been a great blessing to my soul.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-28 01:23

    Thomas Boston draws truth from the Bible and presents it. When I'm in trials, I look for help. This book holds that help; it's just the presentation makes it a bit difficult to understand and accept at times. I would almost say it's an essay, outline included. So this book does bring comfort because truth applied to a situation will bring the only true comfort and help available. But it's not the kind of book that will take your hand and offer sympathy, the kind where the author cries with you. It's very God-focused, which is great. We lose ourselves easily into contemplation of our awful situations and find looking up far too difficult. This book points up. It points to God.

  • John
    2019-04-11 23:14

    "Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight which He has made crooked? "—Eccles. 7:13.One of the top 10 Christian books ever writtenThe Crook in the Lot available at Monergism Books

  • Justin Rose
    2019-04-04 01:00

    Full of truth and spiritual application, but difficult to read. Virtually every sentence could have been improved if Boston would have had access to Trenga's The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier.

  • Dad Bowers
    2019-04-03 20:23

    The preacher gives excellent teaching on the problem of pain and how God uses the ‘crook in the lot’ to bring us to his character and to praise Him. Highly recommended for most believers in spite of the heaviness of the writing. Good for quoting.

  • Ben
    2019-04-12 21:07

    This has been the most helpful practical work of divinity that I have read in some time. I needed some help bearing up under my present trials, and Thomas Boston, as an ambassador for Christ, served good medicine for the soul. I recommend this work highly to others!

  • Pam
    2019-04-12 02:02

    What does God want to do with me during these trials and difficulties and afflictions? Thomas Boston had profound and great insight to that question and shared it with us all in this book. It is a Puritan work and more difficult to understand, but worth the work of the read.

  • Doug Payne
    2019-04-11 02:58

    67 pages of brilliance.

  • Anna
    2019-04-08 20:04

    Amazing book.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-10 18:55

    Excellent treatise on difficulties in Christian life.

  • Stefanie Sage
    2019-03-25 02:58

    The content is fabulous although the old English vernacular makes it a bit challenging to read. Well worth the extra effort!

  • Ardine Hockaday
    2019-03-28 22:57

    Excellent read. Beware of old English buy its pretty easy to get over.