John Owen insisted on the importance of the Christian dealing effectively with their sinful tendencies and attitudes. He believed that God, through his Word and Spirit, had provided the guidelines and the power for this to be achieved.
In this book, John Owen effectively dismisses various excuses for not engaging in self–scrutiny and yet avoids the current trend of self–absorption. In so doing he provides principles to help believers live lives of holiness.
Amongst the best known of the Puritans, John Owen (1616-1683) was a profound and thought provoking pastor-theologian. His writings continue to be widely read and greatly appreciated to this day.