William Penn

William Penn

William Penn (1644–1718), best known as the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, was a man courted for his talents and accomplishments, admired for his genius intellect, and beloved for his amiable and humble disposition. He was born into a family of wealth and prominence, educated in the finest schools in London, and as a young man had the road to honor and preferment opened wide before him. But, having tasted something of the true power and purity of Christ in a meeting of the despised people called Quakers, he relinquished his prospects of honor and advantage, renounced the patterns and customs of the world, and lived a life of self-denial as a meek and faithful follower of Jesus Christ.

And that which added much to my encouragement was the fatherly care and behavior of the ministers in general, but especially of that great minister of the gospel, and faithful servant of Christ, William Penn; who abounded in wisdom, discretion, prudence, love, and tenderness of affection, with all sincerity, above most in this generation; and indeed I never knew his equal.

- Thomas Story

Books by William Penn

The classic treatise “No Cross, No Crown” was first written while William Penn was imprisoned for his faith in the Tower of London in 1668, when only twenty-four years of age. Later in life, Penn greatly enlarged upon the original publication, treating exhaustively upon the particular sins of pride, avarice, and luxury, and adding two lengthy collections of testimonies from other authors in order to further substantiate his position. This edition is unique in that it offers the reader a careful modernization of Penn’s beautiful but somewhat archaic English, and has been abridged to contain only the principal and indispensable chapters of the treatise, wherein Penn clearly presents the nature, power, and experience of the daily cross of Christ, explaining what it is, where and how it is to be taken up, and the manner of its working in the true disciples of Christ.

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No Cross, No Crown
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No Cross,
No Crown

William Penn

No Cross, No Crown

A classic treatise by William Penn, first written when a prisoner in the Tower of London in 1688; showing the nature, power, and experience of the daily cross of Christ, explaining what it is, how it is to be taken up, and the manner of its working in the true disciple of Christ.

  • 141 pages
  • exhortation, treatise
  • Audio Book
This book is a combination of two separate publications by William Penn, one being his book Primitive Christianity Revived (first published in 1696), and the other, A Brief Account of the Rise and Progress of the People Called Quakers, which originally served as the introduction to the Journal of George Fox (published in 1694) but was later printed separately. The two publications overlapped in their scope, both dealing (in various degrees) with the rise of the Society of Friends, and the distinct principles and practices of this people, and it was thought that these short books could be combined and interwoven in such a way as to present the reader with a more thorough presentation of these subjects than either publication could do individually. Penn begins with an overview of the various dispensations of God in the world, and then recounts the extraordinary work of the Lord in restoring and reestablishing the true light, life, power, and purity of the primitive church through the outpouring of His Spirit in the early Society of Friends.

Friends Library Publishing exists to freely share the writings of early members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), believing that no other collection of Christian writings more accurately communicates or powerfully illustrates the soul-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Primitive Christianity Revived
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Primitive Christianity Revived

William Penn

Primitive Christianity Revived

A combination of two separate publications by William Penn, one being his classic “Primitive Christianity Revived,” and the other, “A Brief Account of the Rise and Progress of the People Called Quakers,” which originally served as an introduction to the Journal of George Fox.

  • 159 pages
  • doctrinal, exhortation, history
  • Audio Book
William Penn was a prominent figure in the 17th and early 18th century, celebrated as an author, a minister of the gospel, and a statesman. He is best known as the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, but his Christian virtue, deep spiritual understanding, and self-denying life are the real and lasting testimonies to his worth as a man. The “Life of William Penn” by Enoch Lewis contains both a historical and spiritual biography of this eminent minister, and also includes a considerable collection of his most famous writings, including “Primitive Christianity Revived,” “A Brief Account of the Rise and Progress of the People called Quakers,” “A Key,” “William Penn’s Advice to His Children,” and many other valuable epistles and treatises.

Friends Library Publishing exists to freely share the writings of early members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), believing that no other collection of Christian writings more accurately communicates or powerfully illustrates the soul-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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The Life of William Penn
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The Life of William Penn

William Penn

The Life of William Penn

William Penn was a prominent figure in the 17th and early 18th century, celebrated as an author, a minister of the gospel, and a statesman. The “Life of William Penn” by Enoch Lewis contains both a historical and spiritual biography of this eminent minister, and also includes a considerable collection of his most famous writings.

  • 605 pages
  • doctrinal, exhortation, history, journal
The classic treatise “No Cross, No Crown” was first written while William Penn was imprisoned for his faith in the Tower of London in 1668, when only twenty-four years of age. Later in life, Penn greatly enlarged upon the original publication, treating exhaustively upon the particular sins of pride, avarice, and luxury, and adding a large collection of testimonies from others authors in order to further substantiate his position. This edition is the entire unabridged work in two parts. The first is entitled, “A Discourse Showing the Nature and Discipline of the Holy Cross of Christ;” and the second, “The Living and Dying Testimonies of Many Persons of Fame and Learning, both of Ancient and Modern Times, in Favour of this Treatise.”

Friends Library Publishing exists to freely share the writings of early members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), believing that no other collection of Christian writings more accurately communicates or powerfully illustrates the soul-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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No Cross, No Crown (Unabridged)
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No Cross, No Crown

William Penn

No Cross, No Crown (Unabridged)

The complete and unabridged classic treatise of William Penn, first written while imprisoned for his faith in the Tower of London in 1668; containing also his later additions to the work, and his collection of testimonies from “men of fame and learning” that further substantiate his position.

  • 393 pages
  • doctrinal, exhortation, history
In the words of the author, this short account of the people called Quakers was written: “First, as a standing testimony to that ever blessed Truth in the inward parts, with which God, in my youthful time, visited my soul, and for the sense and love of which I was made willing, in no ordinary way, to relinquish the honours and interests of the world. Secondly, as a testimony for that despised people, that God has in His great mercy gathered and united by His own blessed Spirit in the holy profession of it; whose fellowship I value above all worldly greatness. And thirdly, in love and honour to the memory of that worthy servant of God, George Fox.” This publication is the complete and unedited edition that first appeared in 1694 as a preface to the original version of George Fox’s valuable journal.

Friends Library Publishing exists to freely share the writings of early members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), believing that no other collection of Christian writings more accurately communicates or powerfully illustrates the soul-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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The Rise and Progress of the People called Quakers
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The Rise and Progress of the People called Quakers

William Penn

The Rise and Progress of the People called Quakers

William Penn’s “Brief Account of the Rise and Progress of the People Called Quakers” (first published in 1694 as a preface to the Journal of George Fox) in which their fundamental principles, doctrines, worship, ministry, and discipline are plainly declared.

  • 126 pages
  • doctrinal, history
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“Come, reader, hearken to me a while; I seek your salvation, that is my design. A Refiner has come near you, His grace has appeared to you, a grace which shows you the world’s lusts, and teaches you to deny them. Receive His leaven, and it will change you. Receive His medicine, and it will cure you. He is as infallible as He is free.”

William Penn

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