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A Grief Sanctified: Through Sorrow to Eternal Hope


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In his timeless memoir of his wife’s life and death, prolific author and Puritan theologian Richard Baxter describes a love story, not of fairy tales, but of faithfulness from beginning to end. After losing his wife of 19 years, Baxter sought consolation and relief in Scripture and writing. Within days, he produced a poignant lover’s tribute that has become a classic memoir.

In A Grief Sanctified, Packer has added his own astute reflections along with his edited version of Baxter’s memoir. Packer guides you through six of life’s realities — love, faith, death, grief, hope, and patience — comparing and contrasting the world’s ideals with those of the Bible. The powerful combination of Packer’s insights and Baxter’s grief provides a beacon in the often dark realm of grief.

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  • Features an introspective memoir on grief from Richard Baxter
  • Addresses contemporary, spiritual issues through a biblical lens
  • Prologue: To the Reader
  • Great Gladness: Margaret with Richard
    • Two Puritans
  • Great Goodness: Richard Recalls Margaret
    • Of Her Parentage and the Occasion of Our Acquaintance
    • Of Her Conversion, Sickness, and Recovery
    • Of the Workings of Her Soul In and After This Sickness
    • Some Parcels of Counsel for Her Deliverance from This Distressed Case, Which I Find Reserved by Her for Her Use
    • Her Temper, Occasioning These Troubles of Mind
    • Of Our Marriage and Our Habitations
    • Of Her Exceeding Desires to Do Good
    • Of Her Mental Qualifications and Her Infirmities
    • Of Her Bodily Infirmities and Her Death
    • Some Uses Proposed to the Reader from This History, as the Reasons Why I Wrote It
    • Appendix: Two Poems from Poetical Fragments (1861)
  • Great Sadness: Richard Without Margaret
    • The Grieving Process
    • Epilogue: To the Reader, Once More
  • Title: A Grief Sanctified: Through Sorrow to Eternal Hope: Including Richard Baxter’s Timeless Memoir of His Wife’s Life and Death
  • Author: J. I. Packer
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Baxter, Margaret Charlton, 1636-1681; Baxter, Richard, 1615-1691 › Breviate of the life of Margaret, daughter of Francis Charlton … and wife of Richard Baxter; Dissenters, Religious › England--Biography
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-04-26T19:35:00Z

Perfect for scholars, students, pastors, and laypeople, the Logos edition of A Grief Sanctified is fully searchable. Scripture passages link directly to English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Mobile apps let you bring the conversation with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most comprehensive research tools help you get the most from your study.

J. I. Packer

J.I. Packer (1926–2020), or James Innell Packer, is considered one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. Packer committed his life to Christian service after hearing lectures from C. S. Lewis while studying at Oxford. In the 1950s, Packer was ordained a deacon and priest in the Church of England. Before moving to Canada, he lectured at several schools, including Tyndale Hall in Bristol, Latimer House in Oxford, and Oak Hill Theological College in London.

Packer was also a professor of theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and served as the honorary president of the Latimer Trust. Packer has written and edited several books: he was the editor of the English Standard Version Bible, the New Bible Dictionary, and the New Dictionary of Theology, and his books include Illustrated Manner and Customs of the Bible and A Quest for Godliness.


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    Digital list price: $14.99
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