The Way to Christ

The Way to Christ

The Way to Christ

The Way to Christ

Synopsis

This volume contains an introduction to the thought and spirituality of Jacob Boehme (1575-1624), a German Lutheran and one of the greatest Christian mystics. The Way to Christ is a collection of nine treatises intended to serve as a meditation guide.

Excerpt

During the night of August 2, 1759 in Freudenberg, West Germany, a nineteen-year-old youth left his father's home and country since he had been forbidden to read Boehme's The Way to Christ. He fled to Amsterdam "because Boehme's book was printed there," but, finding no work, he went to sea.His immersion in Boehme's works gave him support and consolation on his many adventurous voyages and protected him from the temptations and vulgarity of ship life.After long years of inner growth and basic theological studies this man, Johann Christian Stahlschmidt, served from 1775 to 1779 as Reformed pastor in many congregations in Pennsylvania.In 1826 at Saarn near Mülheim on the Ruhr, the eighty-six-year-old Stahlschmidt died, a close friend of the hymn-writer Gerhard Tersteegen.

It is astonishing how great an influence Boehme's The Way to Christ had on the faith and life of the young . . .

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