Volume 1 of The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks includes his classic Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices, in which Brooks uncovers different ways that Satan tries to attack us and then gives us ways to counteract these attacks. Brooks also talks about the ways that Satan tries to draw people to sin by keeping them from their religious duties and the ways we can prevent that from happening. He treats the seductive influence and terrible power of Satan in a fuller and more suggestive way than in the literature of the present day.
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“For a close, remember this, that your life is short, your duties many, your assistance great, and your reward sure; therefore faint not, hold on and hold up, in ways of well-doing, and heaven shall make amends for all.” (Page 7)
“Remedy (1). First, Solemnly consider, That those sins which we are apt to account small, have brought upon men the greatest wrath of God, as the eating of an apple, gathering a few sticks on the Sabbath day, and touching of the ark.” (Page 19)
“Device (5). To present God to the soul as one made up all of mercy.” (Page 27)
“Device (6). By persuading the soul that the work of repentance is an easy work, and that therefore the soul need not make such a matter of sin.” (Page 31)
“It was a sweet saying of one, ‘Let a man grieve for his sin, and then joy for his grief.’4 That sorrow for sin that keeps the soul from looking towards the mercy-seat, and that keeps Christ and the soul asunder, or that shall render the soul unfit for the communion of saints, is a sinful sorrow.” (Pages 10–11)
Thomas Brooks (1608–1680) was an English non-conformist Puritan preacher and author. In 1625, he started his college studies at Emmanuel College and by 1640 he was licensed as a preacher. At Emmanuel College he was preceded by religious and colonial leader Thomas Hooker, John Cotton who was a principal among the New England Puritan ministers, and Thomas Shepard, an American Puritan minister and a significant figure in early colonial New England. The topics he covers and the way in which they are presented make his books ones to remember and are given in a thorough and passionate way. An associate of Brooks said: “He had a body of divinity in his head and the power of it in his heart.” From 1648 to 1651, Brooks ministered at the church of St. Thomas the Apostle in London and frequently preached in Parliament. Thomas Brooks was buried in Bunhill Fields, which is London’s famous nonconformist cemetery.