Description of author: Thomas Watson, minister of St. Stephens, Walbrook in London,
was a leading 17th century English Puritan. He was a popular preacher and is perhaps the
most readable of the Puritan writers.
Comments: In this discourse on Philippians 4:11, Watson describes contentment as “a
sweet temper of spirit, whereby a Christian carries himself in an equal poise in every
condition” (p. 31). He sets forth in great detail the nature of the Biblical idea of
contentment, then offers an apology, first against discontent and then for contentment.
Watson demonstrates a clear understanding of the nature of man and the nature of the
Christian life. This volume should be read by every Christian, but will be especially
helpful for the Christian given to complaining, depression, anxiety, or sorrow.