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The Practice of Piety

Puritan Devotional Disciplines in Seventeenth-Century New England

Charles Hambrick-Stowe

Paper: 978-0-8078-4145-7 ($35.00)

Copyright 1982
University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  • Jamestown Prize (1980)

About the Author

Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe is Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Seminary, and professor of Christian history at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including Charles G. Finney and the Spirit of Ameri


Hambrick-Stowe shatters the popular image of neurotic Puritans searching anxiously, almost pathetically, for signs of salvation. The men and women who appear in this book derived joy, excitement, even sensual fulfillment from the contemplation of God.

--T. H. Breen, The Historian

Hambrick-Stowe's central and stunning achievement in this book is his capacity for describing clearly and even movingly the dynamic of Puritan piety. This book will be widely read and discussed by historians of American religious history, but it ought to be read as well by pastors and lay people. It will tell anyone who delves into it something about themselves and even more about the nature of the Christian life, and it does so in clear, graceful prose.

--Theology Today

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