He was the son of Richard Flavel, a minister who died of the plague in while in prison for nonconformity. In short, that person must have a very soft head, or a very hard heart, or both, that could sit under his On Keeping the Heart. On Keeping the Heart is a discourse upon Proverbs , “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Flavel intended this treatise for the. 16 quotes from Keeping the Heart: ‘Providence is like a curious piece of tapestry made of a thousand shreds, which, single, appear useless, but put toget.

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On Keeping the Heart is a discourse upon Proverbs 4: He had the strong conviction, that saints should be marked by their holiness, therefore matters of the heart were of the utmost importance in the Christian life. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again.

Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Keeping the Heart by John Flavel. Paperbackpages. Published by Meadow Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Keeping the Heartplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This book rocked my world. It showed me how distracted my heart is, and how prone I flavwl to wander. Flavel shows how at the center of everything we do, is our heart.

Not the bodily artery, but the seat of all our emotions, desires, affections, words and actions. We are commanded in Proverbs 4: I need the Holy Spirit’s help for this!

O for a heart to love God more; to hate sin more; to walk more evenly with God. May 23, Jeanie rated it it was amazing. I love reading the insight of those long ago.

Those who do not have the distractions we have today. Survival and the main needs of the day were at the forefront but today, we think about what we will wear, what restraunt we will eat, go on vacation. No wonder our hearts can be far from God.

This book is a detailed look at the heart. By understanding the diligent and constant use of all holy means to preseve the soul from sin The comfort of our our souls I love reading the flavep of those long ago. The comfort of our our souls much depends on the keeping of our hearts. How we understand grace comes from keeping our heart unto the Lord. We can be very careless.

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Keeping the Heart Quotes by John Flavel

How careless I have been. Prayer and the heart are meant to be together. I thought it was very insightful of Flavel He finds kerping rest but in restless hearts. This is quite like a smaller version of Ryle’s “Holiness”. It’s very practical, and addresses as many facets as you can think of.


However, while they are communicated in a way which is easy to understand, that does not mean it is easy work. Hart was convicted throughout the whole book.

Definitely read this short book, but prepare for the knife. Finished reading this headt on Valentine’s Day. He lists various circumstances in which the condition of the heart is in danger and then does very well to provide biblical truths and practical adivice to apply to each of those circumstances. This is a book to read yearly, carefully, and prayerfully, if you want to do the necessary heart-work hexrt a Christian. Subtitled, How to maintain your love for God.

Great short book of deep thought. Practical application and so many good things that I practically underlined the whole book. Will definitely read and re-read!

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Oct 23, Steve Hazell rated it really liked it. The only reason I withheld a 5, is due to the monotony of the situations when the heart keepingg to be guarded. It seemed to go on and on. And yet, perhaps the monotony is aimed at causing the reader to realize, that there never seems to be a moment in life when the heart does not need to be kept.

I think most would be hard-pressed to identify a moment in life when they couldn’t identify with one of the issues that Flavel unpacked. Jan 05, Edward Joseph LaRow rated it ueart was amazing.

May 06, Helen Griffin rated it it was amazing. A very helpful book about how to maintain your love for God, read a ths pages a day but very worthwhile. First two chapters are great. Third felt out of place. Nonetheless, this is an hart little book on the importance of a right heart. There were some good things here and geart, but overall it thhe very lacking in grace and gentleness. It was very strongly worded and harsh at times and ended up sounding quite legalistic.

Dec 12, Stephen Drew rated it really liked it. This is a wonderful short book on one of the most important, kreping not the most important aspect of Christian living. John Flavel addresses the great importance of why we need to keep our hearts, in what seasons we need to be most aware of keeping our hearts, and gives instruction in how to keep our hearts all keepng around Proverbs 4: Although I enjoyed this book as a whole, I particularly appreciated the opening few chapters and the final chapter which assess the why question.

The middle of the This is a wonderful short book on one of the most important, if not the most important aspect of Christian living. The middle of the book addresses different seasons in which we need to be most attentive to keeping our hearts and although very good insights are given unless you are going through one of those seasons they do not deeply resonate, at least many of them did not with me.


One thing I think is not the best teaching, as is the keepiny with much of puritan writing is the lack of emphasis on our new identity in Christ. Most of the teaching is about our depravity and our need for repentance but almost nowhere is mentioned how we are seating at the right hand of God and new creations already.

The teaching very much is “here is your sin, now obey by believing this.

Here are my three big idea take away a 1. The uttermost importance of keeping the heart This is the concept that Flavel begins and ends with.

That the crux of all Christian living is keeping the heart. That is, being aware of where our affections stay from God and how sin is seeking to gain a hold in our lives. When not keeping the heart all kinds of hypocrisy is produced.

The eye of God is, and the eye of the Christian ought to be principally fixed upon it. The greatest difficulty in conversion, is to win the heart to God; and the greatest difficulty after conversion, is to keep the heart with God.

Here lies the very force and stress of religion; here is that which makes the way to life a narrow way, and the gate of heaven a strait gate. How to keep the heart “1. Frequent observation of the frame of the heart. It includes deep humiliation for heart evils and disorders 3.

It includes earnest supplication and instant prayer for purifying and rectifying grace when sin has defiled and disordered the heart. It includes the imposing of strong engagement upon ourselves to walk more carefully with God, and avoid the occasions whereby the heart may be induced to sin. Well advised and deliberate vows are, in some cases, very useful to guard the heart against some special sin. It includes a constant and holy jealousy over our onto hearts.

It includes the realising of God’s presence with us, and setting the Lord always before us. It is hard work but the most necessary work 1. It is the hardest work.

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It is a constant work. The keeping of the heart is a work that is never done till life is ended.

It is the most important business of a Christian’s life. The careless heart is an easy prey to Satan in the hover of temptation; his principal batteries are raised against the heart; if he wins that he wins all, for it commands the whole man: It is not more difficult to surprise such a heart, than for an enemy to enter that city whose gates are open and unguarded.

Mar 11, Jeremiah Tan rated it it was amazing. Above all else, guard your heart. Feb 11, Mike E.