Throughout his life, Richard Baxter suffered from poor health. During one of the most serious periods of illness, he began writing The Saints' Everlasting Rest, to provide fitting meditations on the theme of heaven. It was published in 1650 and has become one of the best-known of all Puritan writings, and a rich source of comfort and instruction about eternal realities. Baxter (1615-1691) was a leading Puritan in England, whose marvelous ministry in the city of Kidderminster was used of God to dramatically transform the town. He is well-known for his over 60 books.
His writings, says J.I. Packer, are "brilliant , passionate, eloquent, honest, open-hearted, sharpsighted, and wholly devoted to the glory of God and the good of others..." They display a "flair for unselfconscious, self -revealing intimacy on paper." William Bates noted in Baxter's writing, "...a vigorous pulse...that keeps the reader awake and attentive."