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Living and Dying in Joy: A Devotional Guide to the Heidelberg Catechism
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Living and Dying in Joy: A Devotional Guide to the Heidelberg Catechism


Christian’s Library Press, Paideia Press 2013

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Cornelis Vonk’s Living and Dying in Joy: A Devotional Guide to the Heidelberg Catechism takes its title from the catechism’s second question: “What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of this comfort?” This comfort is described in the Catechism’s famous first question and answer—the comfort of knowing “that I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.” Written with warmth, sensitivity, and a wealth of pastoral insight, Vonk’s guide to the Catechism explores the Christian art of living and dying in joy, focusing on the Bible’s exposition of misery, redemption and gratitude. Coming 450 years after the Heidelberg Catechism’s first printing, this translation aids in the devotional reception of this historic, and continually relevant, symbol of the Reformed faith.

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Key Features

  • Includes a foreword by Frans van Deursen
  • Focuses on the Heidelberg Catechism’s biblical background
  • Devotional resource for studying this important confessional document

Praise for the Print Edition

Simple, informative, and practical, this devotional takes us by the hand and leads us through one of the greatest summaries of biblical truth that the Christian church has ever produced. In Rev. Vonk’s meditations you will find both sweetness and light for the soul, presented in a manner well-suited for personal devotions, family worship, or children’s classes.

Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Of all the Reformed confessions, the Heidelberg Catechism is one of the most-loved and widely-used in the history of the Reformed churches . . . . it still serves the churches as the one of best catechetical instruments for the instruction of church members in the Christian faith and an excellent ‘rule of faith’ (regula fidei) for the ministry of the Word of God through preaching. For this reason, the translation into English of Cornelis Vonk’s abbreviated exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism is a welcome development. Consistent with Vonk’s original intention, this popular treatment of the catechism will serve well as an aid to the instruction of catechumens. . . . Clearly and simply written, pastorally wise and sensitive, and, most importantly, saturated with biblical insight—Vonk’s exposition of the Catechism is a jewel.

—Cornelis Venema, president, Mid-America Reformed Seminary, Dyer, Indiana

Product Details

  • Title: Living and Dying in Joy: A Devotional Guide to the Heidelberg Catechism
  • Author: Cornelis Vonk
  • Editor: Jordan J. Ballor
  • Translator: Nelson D. Kloosterman
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 274

About Cornelis Vonk

Cornelis Vonk (1904–1993) was a Dutch Reformed preacher and pastor. His sermons and studies are widely known, and appreciated today as warmly devotional and pastoral treatments of Scripture.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition