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Seven Favorite Essays

Hi, everyone—

Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I will be publishing two short blog posts this week—next week I will write the longer ones. Thank you!


“The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View” by C. Truman Davis| Until I read this piece for school, I never understood the physical aspect of Christ’s suffering on the cross. “The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View” will convict your soul and force open the eyes of your heart…so be prepared.

“Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?” by C.S. Lewis| I was shocked when I realized that the beloved author of Screwtape and Narnia was a fellow Hamlet-lover…if you’re wondering why you should read the great tragedy, first read this essay.

“A Piece of Chalk” by G.K. Chesterton| I love the colorful, vivid diction of Chesterton and the splendid conclusions he reaches through traveling back to his childhood. “A Piece of Chalk” revealed so many wonderful divine truths to me, and I beg you to read it.

“Natural and Civil Liberty” by John Winthrop| A journal entry by a Massachusetts Bay governor, “Natural and Civil Liberty” is key in understanding why we should have government and what role liberty has in our lives.

“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards| I know this is a sermon, but if you want a mirror held up to your sin nature, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” should be your first choice.

“Sarah Pierrepont” by Jonathan Edwards| If someone asked me for a perfect description of the lady I desire to become, I would tell them to look up Jonathan Edwards’ analysis of his future wife Sarah Pierrepont. He wrote this without having met her!

“Thanksgiving Proclamation” by George Washington| Although “Thanksgiving Proclamation” is not one of my favorite writings, I nonetheless enjoy it very much, as it was written by a beloved President and fits perfectly with this month’s major holiday.


I hope you enjoyed these essays. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

“Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth. I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, Nor will I go in with hypocrites. I have hated the assembly of evildoers, And will not sit with the wicked. I will wash my hands in innocence; So I will go about Your altar, O LORD, That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.” ~Psalm 26:2-7, NKJV

~Sarah Merly

November 21, 2017

Isaiah 53