Desire of Ages

Are you satisfied with the present condition of things? Don’t you have a longing for something more in your life, a longing for a true blessing? Introducing the greatest spiritual leader the world has ever known: we call Him the Desire of ages.

THEME

Volume 3 of the Conflict of the Ages series is another one of Ellen White’s classics, this time on the life of Jesus – the One who stands at the center of all human history. No one else has had such a profound influence on Planet Earth as Jesus Christ.

In this book the author does not set forth the events of Jesus’ life in strict chronological order, but she presents Him as the One who can satisfy the deepest yearnings of the human heart. She presents the divine beauty of the life of the Savior, the love of God as revealed in His Son. New and glorious light flashes from many familiar passages of Scripture. Follow Jesus in these pages from His birth in Bethlehem’s stable to His death on the cross, His glorious resurrection, and triumphant return to heaven.

A FINE QUOTE

“Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which we He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. ‘With His stripes we are healed.’”

CONTENTS

The book presents the love of God as revealed in his Son, the divine beauty of the life of Christ, of which all may partake, and not to satisfy the desires of the merely curious nor the questionings of critics.

By the attraction of His own goodness of character Jesus drew His disciples unto Himself. And by His personal presence, by His sympathetic touch and feeling in all their infirmities and needs, and by His constant association, transformed their characters from the earthly to the heavenly. He changed people from the selfish to the sacrificing, from small-hearted ignorance and prejudice to large-hearted knowledge and profound love for souls of all nations and races.

This book will also present the blessed Redeemer as to help the reader to come to Him face to face, heart to heart, and find in Him, even as did the disciples of old, Jesus the Mighty One, who saves “to the uttermost”. To find the One who transforms to His own divine image all those who come unto God by Him.

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STORY BEHIND THE TITLE

Ellen White’s motivation to write The Desire of Ages stemmed from her desire to prepare a more complete and accurate portrayal of the life of Christ than was contained in her previous works. She wanted a new book that literature evangelists could sell to the public. For nearly 40 years she wrote on this subject, finally having The Desire of Ages published in 1898. She became so caught up in the subject that she produced enough material to fill two additional books, Christ’s Object Lessons and Thoughts From the Mount of Blessings.

The title of the book is drawn from an Old Testament prophecy of Jesus in Haggai 2:7 (KJV):

“And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.”

The Desire of Ages includes both narrative and theological commentary. Nearly every chapter is based upon a portion of Holy Scripture.

AUTHOR

Ellen Gould White (1827–1915) is the most translated woman writer in history, and the most translated American author of either gender. She was the author of forty books and more than five thousand periodical articles. Through numerous compilations based on her manuscripts and articles, more than one hundred book titles are available from her writings.

In 2015, Smithsonian Magazine, the main publication of the Smithsonian Institution, named Ellen G. White among its “100 Most Influential Americans of All Time.”

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