This is a wonderful book. I have already marked several sections in it to refer to in times of change in life (job changes, difficulties, etc.).First published in 1678 and written by John Flavel, this book is one in my Puritan Reading challenge books. I found this one to be VERY worthwhile.How often do we think about God's providence in our birth and upbringing? It is no accident that we are born when and where we are, with the parents we have, and in the way we have been raised. While we may see many deficiencies in these things, each was crafted carefully and lovingly by God the Father to bring us exactly to where He wants us to be. The same providence of God is in the conversion of our souls, the work we do, our family, and the persecutions we endure because of evil in the world. Nothing is an accident, nothing is outside God's sovereignty, and God crafts all in the life of His children as a loving father prepares exactly the right circumstance to mold us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.This is a comforting book, and one I will re-read often in the future. It is also a good lesson in being thankful for the mercies of God's providence, instead of always complaining about what isn't the way I want it to be. In submitting to God's will, being thankful for God's providence, great wisdom can be gained and great peace can be ours.