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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Elizabeth Baker


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 : Scriptures

"In her course of Reading she was still laying in for use and practice. Her course was, when she read the Scriptures, to gather out passages, and sort and refer them to their several uses, as some that were fit subjects for her Meditations: Some for encouragement to prayer, and other duties: Promises suited to various conditions and wants: as her papers shew." And for other Books, she would meddle with none but the sound and practicall, and had no itch after the empty Books, which make ostentation of Novelty, and which Opinionists are now so taken with; nor did she like writing or preaching in envy and strife. And of good Books, she chose to read but few, and those very often over, that all might be well digested. Which is a course (for private Christians) that tends to avoid luxuriancy, and make them sincere, and solid, and established.

Century: 1600-1699     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Baker      


Richard Baxter : The Saints Everlasting Rest

... between sixteen and seventeen years of age, by the serious reading of the Book called _The Saints Everlasting Rest_, she was more throughly awakened, and brought to set her heart on God, and to seek salvation with her chiefest care: From that time forward she was a more constant, diligent, serious hearer of the ablest Ministers in London.

Century: 1600-1699     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Baker      Print: Book


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