The Bruised Reed

Read by RoseA

(4.8 stars; 73 reviews)

Richard Sibbes was a Puritan pastor and theologian in the 17th century. His best known work, The Bruised Reed, is based on a Scripture verse from Matt. 12:20: "A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory." Sibbes uses this text to respond to the despondent thoughts and fears that many Christians have. He draws a picture of Christ's gentleness and mercy for the Christians who feel themselves small and weak. The Bruised Reed is full of an amazing amount of soul-comfort. I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially to Christians struggling with depression, regret, or fear.

The publishers' foreword quotes Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones, who said:

"I shall never cease to be grateful to . . . Richard Sibbes who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil. In that state and condition . . . what you need is some gentle, tender treatment for your soul. I found at that time that Richard Sibbes, who was known in London in the early seventeenth century as 'the heavenly Doctor Sibbes', was an unfailing remedy. His books The Bruised Reed and The Soul's Conflict quietened, soothed, comforted, encouraged and healed me."

(Introduction by rosea) (4 hr 20 min)


00 - Publishers' Foreword 8:16 Read by RoseA
01 - The Reed and the Bruising 10:30 Read by RoseA
02 - Christ Will Not Break the Bruised Reed 17:25 Read by RoseA
03 - The Smoking Flax 8:14 Read by RoseA
04 - Christ Will Not Quench the Smoking Flax 11:16 Read by RoseA
05 - The Spirit of Mercy Should Move Us 18:25 Read by RoseA
06 - Marks of the Smoking Flax 20:09 Read by RoseA
07 - Help for the Weak 16:09 Read by RoseA
08 - Duties and Discouragements 18:13 Read by RoseA
09 - Believe Christ, Not Satan 10:21 Read by RoseA
10 - Quench Not the Spirit 20:50 Read by RoseA
11 - Christ's Judgment and Victory 10:08 Read by RoseA
12 - Christ's Wise Government 15:59 Read by RoseA
13 - Grace Shall Reign 18:55 Read by RoseA
14 - Means to Make Grace Victorious 16:32 Read by RoseA
15 - Christ's Public Triumph 17:39 Read by RoseA
16 - Through Conflict to Victory 21:27 Read by RoseA


Uplifting and Worthy

(5 stars)

This is a wonderful, encouraging book throughout. Mr. Sibbes did not relent on ensuring his readers understood that "He who started a good work in you shall see it to the end. ( shall finish it)" The reader of this recording was articulate and read a moderate speed with proper tone and inflection. I recommend this book and recording!

Great source of gospel comfort

(5 stars)

This is a book that more Christians should read, and the reader of this audiobook gets it exactly right. Clear, expressive, thoughtful, and compelling, the reader's pleasant voice matches the author's tone beautifully.

Excellent reading of a deeply powerful book

(5 stars)

This book is full of godly comfort, and the reader handles the material with such understanding and sensitivity. This is one that I may go back through again soon.

(5 stars)

Subbes' work illuminates the heart of God for those times when the hand of God seems obscured. Comfort for the broken & hope for the discouraged.

it would skip back to the beginning of chapter in the middle of the chapter. ve…

(1 stars)

thank you

(4.5 stars)

A wonderful book and well read!

(5 stars)

wonderful insights into the deeper Christian Life

(5 stars)

Wonderful! So today! Great reader also.