|Author:||Mall, Thomas, b. 1629 or 30.|
|Title:||An offer of farther help to suffering saints, or, The best work in the worst times wherein the necessity, excellency, and means of preparation for sufferings are clearly evinced, and prescribed : in which, as in a glass, the people of God may see how to dress themselves for death, or any other suffering to which the Lord shall call : added as an appendix to the Sufferers mirrour.|
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2011 December (TCP phase 2)
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An offer of farther help to suffering saints, or, The best work in the worst times wherein the necessity, excellency, and means of preparation for sufferings are clearly evinced, and prescribed : in which, as in a glass, the people of God may see how to dress themselves for death, or any other suffering to which the Lord shall call : added as an appendix to the Sufferers mirrour.
Mall, Thomas, b. 1629 or 30.
London: Printed for the Authour, and are to be sold by Robert Boulter, 1665.
Attributed to Thomas Mall by Wing.
Imperfect: tightly bound, stained, with loss of text.
Reproduction of original in Huntington Library.
Suffering -- Religious aspects.
Consolation -- Early works to 1800.
Theology, Doctrinal -- Early works to 1800.
The Epistle to the Reader.
CHAP. I. Shews that God doth sometimes call his People to difficu•• services, and great sufferings; with a short accoun• how, and why he so calls them.
CHAP. II. Demonstrating the Excellency of a prepared Heart, for the worst of Sufferings.
CHAP. III. Evincing the necessity of a sound and reall work of grace upon the heart, to fit a man for the sufferings of Christ.
CHAP. IV. Wherein the Nature of this Work of Grace, in which our habitual fitness for suffering lies, is briefly opened; and an account given of the great advantage the gracious person hath for any, even the hardest work thereby.
CHAP. V. In which the necessity of getting clear evidences of this work of Grace in us, in order to our readiness for sufferings is held forth; the nature of that evidence opened, and divers things that cloud and obscure it removed out of the way.
CHAP. VI. Discovering the necessity of an improved faith for the right management of sufferings, and directing to some special means for the improvement thereof.
CHAP. VII. Wherein the necessity and usefulness of Christian forti∣tude, in order to sufferings, is evinced; with a brief account of its nature, and the means of attaining of it.
CHAP. VIII. Discovering the necessity of an Heart mortified to all Earthly and Temporal Enjoyments, in order to the right managing of a suffering condition: with se∣veral Directions for the attaining thereof.
CHAP. IX. Therein is opened the singular advantage that suffering-Saints have, by their skill, and in-sight into the Methods and Mysteries of Sathans Temptations; some of those Wiles of Sathan opened; and Rules for the avoiding of the danger briefly described.
CHAP. X. Sheweth that a choice part of our preparation and rea∣diness for sufferings, consists in the improvement of our praying abilities, and keeping close with God in that heavenly and excellent duty in dayes of suffer∣ing; wherein also of the nature and means of its im∣provement.
CHAP. XI. Wherein is shewed the necessity of going out of our selves, even when our habitual and actual Preparations are at the greatest height; and depending as constantly and intirely upon the Spirit, who is Lord of all gra∣cious Influences, as if we had done nothing: Toge∣ther with the means of working the Heart to such a frame.
CHAP. XIII. Containing the first use of the point by way of conviction, discovering the unreadiness of multitudes of Professors for suffering-work.
CHAP. XIII. Containing another use of the Point, by way of Exhorta∣tation, perswading all the People of God, whilest the Lord respites, and graciously delayes their trials, to answer the end of God therein, and prepare themselves for greater trials; where several Motives are pro∣pounded, to excite to the Duty.
CHAP. XIV. Containing the last use of the point, by way of support, and comfort to poor trembling souls, who do take pains to make themselves ready for sufferings; but yet finding such strength in Satans temptations, and their own corruptions, fear that all their la∣bour is in vain, and that they shall faint, and ut∣teriy Apostatize, when theis Troubles and Tryals come to an height.