Hesed and Emet Podcast

To Present Sin as a Virtue (Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices 1.2)

June 8, 2020

Chapter 1, device 2 from Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices, edited and read by Christopher Ellis Osterbrock.


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“Thomas Brooks (well, his book Precious Remedies) has been a companion to me for half my life. He has helped my soul and my preaching. My multiple copies of this classic have fallen apart over and again from use. No wonder Spurgeon loved to quote this preacher. He can turn a phrase and get to the heart of the matter. If this new edition helps gets Brooks’ biblical counsel into the hearts and lives of more Christians today, I for one will rejoice. Brooks will explain to you why every believer must study what he calls four prime things: Christ, the Scripture, your own hearts, and Satan’s devices. And he’ll show you how to do that. If you let him. So take some advice from an old friend: let him.”

Ligon Duncan, John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary


“I am often asked where to begin with reading the Puritans. I can’t think of a better place to begin than with Thomas Brooks’ Precious Remedies. Readers will find Brooks surprisingly easy to read and be challenged by insights that transcend the centuries. I’m thankful to see his work available in this wonderful new edition.”

Tim Challies, Author and Blogger (www.challies.com)


“Thomas Brooks’s classic on defeating Satan’s temptations is full of sound, biblical, practical advice and is much needed today, for Christians remain ever in need of hearing our Lord’s admonition, ‘Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation’ (Matt. 26:41). Brooks describes twelve of Satan’s devices and their remedies, then focuses on eight devices Satan uses to keep believers from using the means of grace properly and again provides remedies. Though Satan’s tools may change over the centuries, his devices remain constant; hence, this classic will never be outdated. If you truly desire to grow in grace and spiritual watchfulness and readiness, read this book.”

Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan


“Christopher Ellis Osterbrock has blessed the church with a gift. Church Historians will find Osterbrock’s footnotes impressive. His edit also enables contemporary Christians to engage this Puritan classic. Thomas Brooks’ Precious Remedies remains the best work on how to battle against the Devil’s lies. It is filled with biblical truth explained with practical pastoral wisdom. Osterbrock should be commended for this readable volume. You hold in your hand an explanation of God’s Word that will guide you through the enemy’s temptations and snares.”

Micah L. Caswell, Pastor, Redeemer Church Denton; Author, Thomas Patient: The Father of the Irish Baptist Church







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