Calvin, John

A Little Book on the Christian Life



A Little Book on the Christian Life

Book Description:

For centuries, Christians of all ages have turned to this book to help guide them in their journey as they follow christ.  This book is one of the greatest classics of the Christian faith, calling believers to pursue holiness and endure suffering as they rest in Christ alone.

In this new translation from the Latin, Aaron Denlinger and Burk Parsons capture Calvin's biblical faithfulness, theological integrity, and pastor's heart.

This is a book for every Christian to pick up, read, and apply.


John Calvin (1509-1564) was a theological giant of the Protestant Reformation. A contemporary of Martin Luther, he had as much influence over this period of history as his German counterpart. In 1536 he published his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which was a systematic presentation of the Protestant position. His writings are still cherished and relevant today.

About the Translators
Aaron Clay Denlinger is department chair in Latin at Arma Dei Academy in Highlands Ranch, Colo., adjunct professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and a research fellow for the Puritan Studies Program of the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Burk Parsons is copastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., editor of Tabletalk magazine, and vice president of publishing for Ligonier Ministries. He also serves as director of the Church Planting Fellowship in Central Florida and visiting lecturer at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla. He is the author of Why Do We Have Creeds? and editor of John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology and Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace.


"I have often thought, 'I would love to retranslate for the twenty-first century the life-shaping material in Calvin's Institutes book 3, chapters 6-10,' and I've done nothing! But now, Burk Parsons and Aaron Denlinger have done the job for us all. We owe them a big thank you, because every Christian needs to have a working knowledge of this little book." -Sinclair Ferguson Teaching Fellow Ligonier Ministries, Sanford, FL.

"What does it mean to take up your cross and follow Christ?How can you be heavenly minded and yet do much earthly good? Calvin addresses these practical questions and more in this excerpt from his classic ,Institutes of the Christian Religion. I love this little book, and heartily endorse this judiciously translated and edited printing that makes Calvin more accessible to the modern reader." -Dr. Joel Beeke,[president, Puritan Reformed S, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"We are now living in a golden age of Christian publishing. Readers are being served with new works written here in the twenty-first century and, perhaps even more importantly, with classics from days gone by. This booklet is one of those classics, and I'm grateful to Aaron Denlinger and Burk Parsons for allowing today's Christians to rediscover it. I pray that it blesses us just as it blessed many of our forbears." --Tim Challies, blogger at

Additional Information:

Number of Pages:132
Publisher:Reformation Trust
Publication Date:2017