Paul Washer Gives a Tour of His Library

Taylor

Puritan Board Senior
Before almost every transition, he says, "Now here's one of my favorites." So, essentially, his entire library is nothing but his favorites. I love it! Thanks for sharing.
 

Taylor

Puritan Board Senior
But in all seriousness (and sorry to double post), it's nice to see Washer like this, out of his "element." When all you've seen is his preaching, especially when he was younger, it is hard not to get the (mis)conception that he is a dreary, beaten, perpetually mournful preacher. Of course, those of us who know men like him know that is not what they are like even the majority of the time. (Not to mention the fact that it's always the heaviest and hardest-hitting sermons that make it to millions of views on YouTube!) But seeing Washer here, like you, makes me smile. He exudes joy and gladness, something that I especially need right now. Praise God for him.
 

Jonathco

Puritan Board Freshman
But in all seriousness (and sorry to double post), it's nice to see Washer like this, out of his "element." When all you've seen is his preaching, especially when he was younger, it is hard not to get the (mis)conception that he is a dreary, beaten, perpetually mournful preacher. Of course, those of us who know men like him know that is not what they are like even the majority of the time. (Not to mention the fact that it's always the heaviest and hardest-hitting sermons that make it to millions of views on YouTube!) But seeing Washer here, like you, makes me smile. He exudes joy and gladness, something that I especially need right now. Praise God for him.
Agreed. While I truly enjoy Paul Washer's preaching, it is a rarity to see him more light-hearted like this.
 

ZackF

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
Before almost every transition, he says, "Now here's one of my favorites." So, essentially, his entire library is nothing but his favorites. I love it! Thanks for sharing.
It’s kind of like bosses dumping more work and calling it one of your “top priorities”
 

Drhabost

Puritan Board Freshman
Great stuff. He's so excited about what he's got that it's wonderful to watch.

I liked what he had to say about his anger when he read the Confessions. I've had the privilege of growing up in a confessional church so I don't have the exact same feeling but there are times I'm reading something and I think "I cannot believe no one has mentioned this to me before". Manton on Heb 11 on faith is a good recent example in my own experience. Of course, I should be most angry at myself because there are riches on my shelves I've never touched!
 

Jonathco

Puritan Board Freshman
Great stuff. He's so excited about what he's got that it's wonderful to watch.

I liked what he had to say about his anger when he read the Confessions. I've had the privilege of growing up in a confessional church so I don't have the exact same feeling but there are times I'm reading something and I think "I cannot believe no one has mentioned this to me before". Manton on Heb 11 on faith is a good recent example in my own experience. Of course, I should be most angry at myself because there are riches on my shelves I've never touched!
I identified with Washer's anger regarding discovering the confessions. I grew up in a Free Methodist church where confessions where "bad". In my early 30's, discovering the truths of the LBCF & WCF were simply eye opening for me and gave me grief that I had spent so much of my life without these valuable documents.
 

RPEphesian

Puritan Board Junior
Great stuff. He's so excited about what he's got that it's wonderful to watch.

I liked what he had to say about his anger when he read the Confessions. I've had the privilege of growing up in a confessional church so I don't have the exact same feeling but there are times I'm reading something and I think "I cannot believe no one has mentioned this to me before". Manton on Heb 11 on faith is a good recent example in my own experience. Of course, I should be most angry at myself because there are riches on my shelves I've never touched!

I identified with Washer's anger regarding discovering the confessions. I grew up in a Free Methodist church where confessions where "bad". In my early 30's, discovering the truths of the LBCF & WCF were simply eye opening for me and gave me grief that I had spent so much of my life without these valuable documents.

I remember reading the first paragraph of the first chapter of the Westminster Confession eleven years ago, and feeling like I learned more in that paragraph than any five years of my life at church until then.

Granted I was at a typical mega church, the kind with video games at the youth center, but you feel robbed when you see what you missed out on.
 
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Herald

Administrator
Staff member
I like that he has a library that is reasonably sized given his time in the ministry. He doesn't seem to have books just for the sake of having books.
 

Jonathco

Puritan Board Freshman
I like that he has a library that is reasonably sized given his time in the ministry. He doesn't seem to have books just for the sake of having books.
Agreed. His library was extensive, but humble for a man of his stature. I appreciated that the majority of his collection was commentaries from men like Calvin, Henry, Poole, Gill, etc... All very obtainable works (physically or at least digitally) for the average lay person.
 

bookslover

Puritan Board Doctor
I like that he has a library that is reasonably sized given his time in the ministry. He doesn't seem to have books just for the sake of having books.

"He doesn't seem to have books just for the sake of having books." And what, exactly, is wrong with that? LOL
 
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