Book review: Precious remedies

Precious remedies against Satan’s devices by Thomas Brooks is a Puritan Classic. I first read the book just under 10 years ago and loved it. So I thought I’d read it again as part of my 10 minutes a day project. I am so glad I did.

This book is easy to read, very encouraging and brutally challenging. Brooks basically looks at as many different ways as he can of how Satan tries to snare us and how we should respond. In light of that his format is basically to show us the device of Satan and then give us 3-12 remedies.

Brooks believed that Satan wanted ‘to keep souls in a mournng, staggering, doubting and questioning condition‘, that he had ‘several plots‘ and that ‘Satan loves to sail with the wind, and to suit men’s temptations to their condition and inclinations.’ In light of that, the book needs all of it’s 250 pages!

To be honest, you could just read the contents pages and be blessed and helped – the chapter headings and sub headings are absolute gold dust.

There is very little in the book that is a waste, and I found myself tying to slow down when reading it to make sure that I didn’t miss or not apply what he was saying. In that sense I don’t think it would be wise to read this book in a week. I think you should take your time to consider and apply what he says.

Indeed, listen to Brooks:

Remember, it is not hasty reading—but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee’s touching of the flower, which gathers honey—but her abiding for a time upon the flower, which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most—but he who meditates most, who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.

Know that it is not the knowing, nor the talking, nor the reading man—but the doing man, that at last will be found the happiest man. “If you know these things, blessed and happy are you if you DO them.” “Not everyone that says, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven—but he who DOES the will of my Father that is in heaven” (John 13:17, Matt. 7:21).

Reader, If it is not strong upon your heart to practice what you read, to what end do you read? To increase your own condemnation? If your light and knowledge be not turned into practice, the more knowing a man you are, the more miserable a man you will be in the day of recompense; your light and knowledge will more torment you than all the devils in hell.

If you are struggling with sin…read this book.

If you are struggling with doubt…read this book.

If you feel weak and feeble…read this book.

You can either buy the Puritan Paperback edition here or download the PDF (in easier language) here.


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