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A Quest for Godliness

J. I. Packer
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Crossway Books

What could these zealots give us that we need, it is asked.  The answer, in one word, is maturity.  Matuirty is a compound of wisdom, goodwill, resilience, and creativity.  The Puritans exemplified maturity; we don't . . . Ease and luxury, such as our affluence brings us today, do not make for maturity; hardship and struggle however do, and the Puritans' battles against the spiritual and climatic widernesses in whicah God set them produced a virility of character, undaunted and unsinkable, rising above discouragement and fears . . . -- author