Keeping The Heart By John Flavel

Posted: March 21, 2012 in Books by Title

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Solomon calls us to “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 – ESV) It is this text that is the foundation for ‘Keeping the Heart’; or, to use Solomon’s language, this verse is the spring from which the waters of Flavel’s writing flow in this classic work.

John Flavel (1628-1691) was a Puritan pastor, who laboured for almost the whole of his ministry in the busy seaport of Dartmouth in Devon, England, and knew much opposition and persecution because of his faithful preaching of the gospel. His writings have been much loved by Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, Robert Murray M’Cheyne and Andrew Bonar.

He says in his introduction:

The heart of man is his worst part before it is regenerated, and the best afterward; it is the seat of principles, and the foundation of actions. 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.

It is this insight, drawn from Solomon’s words, that leads him to say: “The keeping and right managing of the heart in every condition, is one great business of a Christian’s life.” It is the duty of every Christian to be engaged in the hard, constant and important work of keeping the heart, by the grace of God, from sin and for communion with God.
This is what Flavel urges upon his readers as he shows: first, what it means to keep the heart; secondly, why we should take this work seriously; thirdly, particular occasions which “require our utmost dilligence” in doing this; and finally, pressing this home to his hearers.

It is evidently written by someone who knows what it is to work at keeping their heart: as you read it becomes evident that we are sitting under a very godly older brother, who is deeply experienced, and who draws on his experience of living the Christian life.
It is practical: throughout the book Flavel is constantly concerned with pressing the lessons home to his readers, he does not want them to go away unaffected after reading, but wants them to bring glory to God by the diligent keeping of their hearts.

As with the Puritans as a whole, Flavel is well worth being discovered by a new generation of Christians, ‘Keeping the Heart’ is a great place to start. Well worth reading and re-reading and being challenged to “Keep your heart with all vigilance”.

  1. Rod Thomas says:

    yes please!

  2. Billy says:

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  3. ALLAN says:


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  4. Nate says:

    please send me a copy, thank you

  5. BDiener says:

    Please send me John Flavel’s book. Thank you!

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  7. ngm says:

    Good day. Yes, I am interested to receive a free copy of this book by Flavel
    thank you so much.

  8. Frikkie says:

    It is all about the heart, isn’t it? Prov. 4:23

    Can I have a copy of this book, please?

  9. Maurice Espin says:

    Please send me a copy of Keeping The Heart By John Flavel

    Many blessings

  10. rhvf says:

    Thank you

  11. Dave Kelland says:

    John Flavel is worth a read. Great subject.

  12. shan says:

    Please send a copy-Thank You

  13. Hi
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  16. Drmajdi says:

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    God bless your ministry

  17. Karin Jacka says:

    Thanks for the copy of Keeping the Heart by John Flavel

  18. Tobie says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. Please send me a copy.

  19. Shireen says:

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  20. André says:

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  21. Robyn Lothian says:

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  22. John Kim says:

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  23. Marie van der Watt says:

    Could you please send me a copy about this crucial subject.

    Thank you


  24. Gordon Lobban says:

    In the past I have read some of john Flavell and was always challenged and blessed by his godliness and perseverance in the face of so much resistance.
    Look forward to this book,which I am certain will be a spiritual challenge.
    Thank you most kindly

  25. i would like a copy please!

  26. Dave Cumming says:

    I too would love a copy. Many thanks!

  27. Mike Smailes says:

    I’d love a copy of this book. Many thanks, Mike Smailes

  28. Jo Stocks says:

    Please send me a copy, thank you.

  29. Meego Remmel says:

    Please, send me the pdf copy of “Keeping the Heart” by John Flavel.

  30. bsthames says:

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  31. Simon Tham says:

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    Thank you.

  32. egkerk says:

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  33. Ram Krishnamurthy says:


    Can I get a copy of this book?


  34. Kathy Smith says:

    Thank-you for making this book available! I’m looking forward to reading it!

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