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From the Fall 2012 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

The Spiritual Discipline of Meditation:

Reading Scripture with Isaac Ambrose

by Tom Schwanda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry,Wheaton College


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1. The best introduction to the life and spirituality of Isaac Ambrose is my book, Soul Recreation: The Contemplative–Mystical Piety of Puritanism (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012). I am in the process of preparing a new book that will provide selections of Ambrose’s writings for contemporary readers. It is tentatively titled Gazing on Jesus with Gratitude: The Piety of Isaac Ambrose (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, forthcoming).
2. I have modernized and standardized all seventeenth-century spellings.
3. Isaac Ambrose, Media (1657), t.p. and 42.
4. Ibid., 33, cf. 27.
5. Ibid., 34.
6. Ibid., 222.
7. J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1990), 215.
8. Isaac Ambrose, Looking unto Jesus (Harrisonburg, VA:  Sprinkle Publications, 1986), 125, cf. 27, 42. Since Looking unto Jesus has been republished by Sprinkle, I am using this version rather than the original 1658 edition.
9. Ibid., 619.
10. Ambrose, Media (1657), 235 (incorrectly numbered 237)–236.
11. Ibid., 39.
12. Ibid., 377–93.
13. Ambrose, Looking unto Jesus, 548–49.
14. Ibid., 35.
15. Ibid., 40.
16. Ibid., 433.

Tom Schwanda is associate professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College. Ordained in the Reformed Church in American he pastored three congregations for eighteen years. He holds degrees from Moravian College (B.A.), New Brunswick Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.) and Durham University (Ph.D.).  His teaching interests include the history of Christian spirituality, discipleship and mentoring, and the formative use of Scripture. Tom and his wife, Grace, have two children and three grandchildren.

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