I read this book as part of a Puritan challenge, and have found it to be a very worthwhile book. The book was written by Richard Sibbes, who lived from 1577 to 1635, and was one of the most influential figures in the Puritan movement in the early part of the 17th century.The book is based on Isaiah 42: 1 - 3Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. Isa 42:2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; Isa 42:3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. The basic point of the book is how we as Christians need to be bruised to understand our need of Christ. But that Christ will never break that bruised reed or quench the smoking flax (faintly burning wick), because it is in bruising us or allow us to smoke or faintly burn that brings us out of our self-sufficiency and into our understanding that we need to rely totally and completely on Christ.I recommend it to any who are wondering about their suffering and trying to resolve their pain and discouragement with what God is really doing in their life.