Book Review: Light On Life’s Duties

Light On Life’s Duties, by F.B. Meyer

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

This book reminded of something that tends to be missing from a great deal of contemporary writing about the Christian life.  While many writers in this day and age are quite fond of writing about the victory we gain in Christ [1], it is considerably less common to deal with the disconnect between the reality of that victory and the struggle that Christians face with the monotony of life as well as the tendency to drift and the fact that many who profess Christianity do not show a marked degree in overcoming sin.  This book is a call to action, and a reminder of the serious demands that God makes upon our lives after conversion and the importance of following up that initial process of accepting the invitation to follow Christ with handing over full title deed of one’s life to God so that one may walk in accordance with His ways.  To be sure, there are differences between my own approach and the author’s, but in reading an older book like this, it is increasingly clear that a great deal is often missing from contemporary books on the subject of living a godly life.

This particular book is a short one at just more than 100 pages and ten chapters after a foreword.  The author begins by talking about life, metaphorically speaking, in the King’s House (1).  After that there is a discussion of the noted late 19th century song “The Lost chord” (2) and a discussion of the importance of victory over sin (3).  This leads to a discussion of stepping into the blessed life (4) and being with Christ in separation from the world (5).  The author then turns to practical matters like reading the Bible (6) and dealing with the struggle that Christians face against monotony and maintaining purpose (7).  Obviously, the struggle against tedium in life is no less a problem nowadays than it was when the author wrote this over a century ago.  The author talks about the need to avoid drift in the life of a believer (8), gives a few words of wise counsel for Christian young women (9) and provides seven rules for daily living (10).  After this the editors provide a brief biography of the author that puts his life into a context of focusing on Christian holiness in the United Kingdom.

And that is really what this book consistently advocates, a sense of holiness that has often been forgotten by contemporary believers who have adopted false ragamuffin gospels.  In this light, it is pretty obvious why the publishers of this newly released edition have thought it worthwhile to bring this book once again to the attention of serious-minded and committed Christian readers.  We need all the reminders we can get in this age of doctrinal drift and lax moral conduct among lay and ministry alike that God places moral demands upon His followers.  For far too long we have neglected these areas and a book like this can serve as a worthwhile and brief wake-up call to encourage repentance on the part of those who have not lived the sort of life that we were called to live as followers of God.  Without being particularly nasty or harsh towards the reader, the author points out the reality that victory follows the conquest of sin, and that the reality of commitment to God must trump the wayward and fickle feelings that often plague our human existence.  Books like this can help people live the way that they ought to live, and that is all the more reason to appreciate obscure and often neglected classics like this one.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/07/03/book-review-goliath-must-fall/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/08/29/book-review-divine-progression-of-grace/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/07/28/book-review-through-his-eyes/

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2 Responses to Book Review: Light On Life’s Duties

  1. Shannon Lusnia says:

    Oh so grateful to have read this review and downloaded this book tonight , just into the first chapter and absolutely loving it ! Thank you !

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