Guidance in choosing Puritan authors

Discussion in 'Puritan Literature' started by Scott C., Sep 20, 2019.

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  1. Scott C.

    Scott C. Puritan Board Freshman

    Hello, I am seeking advice/direction on Puritan works to read. I just recently have read Pilgrims Progress and love the style.
     
  2. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Junior

  3. Scott C.

    Scott C. Puritan Board Freshman

    Thank you! I am interested in reading doctrinal values, ethics, and Puritan preaching styles.
     
  4. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Junior

    Start with Thomas Watson's Body of Divinity and William Ames' Marrow of Theology.
     
  5. Scott C.

    Scott C. Puritan Board Freshman

    Thank you so much brother!
     
  6. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Junior

    My pleasure, brother. Please never hesitate to send me a direct message with any questions. May the Lord bless this new journey with the Puritans. They changed my life. Thomas Watson's Body of Divinity and John Owen's Glory of Christ turned my world upside down as a young convert. I have never stopped reading them since.
     
  7. JKL1647

    JKL1647 Puritan Board Freshman

  8. Seeking_Thy_Kingdom

    Seeking_Thy_Kingdom Puritan Board Freshman

  9. RJ Spencer

    RJ Spencer Puritan Board Freshman

    John Owen The Mortification of Sin is by far my favorite.
    If you are after a beautiful style, check out John Flavel.
    Also, if you liked Pilgrims Progress you should check out The Morrow of Modern Divinity. It is written in that same particular way.
     
  10. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    Add another vote for Thomas Watson. Very accessible starting place. My favorite is The Doctrine of Repentance.
     
  11. Don Kistler

    Don Kistler Puritan Board Sophomore

    Alongside Watson, anything by Christopher Love and Jeremiah Burroughs. All 3 are very doctrinally sound as well as pastoral.
     
  12. Scott C.

    Scott C. Puritan Board Freshman

    Thank you all for your recommendations. I currently read a lot of Calvin, Luther, and Spurgeon but I am really bent to the Puritan writings and theology. I look forward to reading posts on this newly found board recommended by a faithful brother. I wasn’t even aware I leaned Puritan until he explained it to me. I always just thought of myself as a 5 point Calvinist (or as I like to say... a subscriber to the doctrines of grace) and a staunch conservative, reformed Baptist. Again, thank you all for the recommendations.
     
  13. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Some pointers to further reading may be found at this link. To begin by reading through the Puritan Paperback series is probably the best way to get started. That may seem like a lot of reading, but it is only the tip of the iceberg.
     
  14. Charles Johnson

    Charles Johnson Puritan Board Freshman

    I've found the writings of William Perkins to contain a greater density of valuable insights than anything else I've read. His language is also simple and clear, so he's a lot easier to read than some others. If I could only read one Puritan, or even one author, it would definitely be him.
     
  15. StephenMartyr

    StephenMartyr Puritan Board Freshman

  16. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator Staff Member

    Scott, as you can see there are many valuable works by the Puritans. We live in a blessed age in that regard.

    My suggestion is start with the work most appropriate to your spiritual need at the moment, and work from there.

    Further, read the best Puritan works on Biblical meditation because the Puritans can help us greatly in this vital spiritual discipline. A nice easy place to start is Joel Beeke's "How Can I Practice Christian Meditation?" Beeke brings the best Puritan insights together into a small user friendly format. Another excellent and profitable work is John Owen's "Spiritual Mindedness" (Banner of Truth). I am looking forward to the substantial work "Solitude Improved by Divine Meditation" (Ranew). Puritan Publications also publishes a great range of books on Puritan meditation http://www.puritanpublications.com/store/products/category/divine-meditation/
     
  17. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    I just finished reading volume 6 of William Perkins' works yesterday afternoon. I second this recommendation.
     
  18. StephenMartyr

    StephenMartyr Puritan Board Freshman

  19. EuphratesRiver

    EuphratesRiver Puritan Board Freshman

    I would give another vote for Thomas Manton.
     
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