Anyone Read Much of Thomas Manton?

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C. M. Sheffield

Puritan Board Graduate
I'm considering purchasing Thomas Manton's 22 Volume Complete Works for about $250. I have never read Manton and am curious of what those who have think of him.

Obviously he's a Puritan and spoken of highly by Spurgeon and Ryle. But I'd like to hear from today's reader and hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. In short, I'd like an honest appraisal of Manton from a contemporary reader. And preferably from someone who's read him at length.

Thanks.
 

moral necessity

Puritan Board Junior
I worked through his commentary on James, and thought very highly of it. He quoted Calvin and others throughout, if I remember correctly. I liked his take on Chapter 3, and thought it was very insightful and well argued. I have other sets on my wish list ahead of his, but, I'd love to add it to my library someday.

Blessings!
 

Don Kistler

Puritan Board Sophomore
If it's the hardback edition, get it. Manton is first class all the way. Very readable and also very deep.
Plus, if you don't like it after buying it, you will easily get your money back by way of resale.
If it's the paperback edition, it's not worth $250, though.
 

dannyhyde

Puritan Board Sophomore
How can I say this as simply as I can: he's the man. Seriously. Owen and Goodwin are unsurpassed in terms of theological depth and profundity, but Manton is a homiletical genius. He's a classic plain-style preacher and is full of one-liners and illustrations that stick with you. He's known for his James commentary today, but read his sermons on Christ's temptation in vol. 1 and you'll be amazed . . . his sermons on Philippians 3 in vol. 20 are phenomenal as well.

Oh, and I plan to begin a PhD dissertation on him in the New Year.
 

Wayne

Tempus faciendi, Domine.
Or to answer the question another way, Alexander Whyte read a great deal of Manton.

Seriously, the account of his carrying Manton's works with him everywhere, and how he compiled the index to Manton's works, is worth the reading.
 

dannyhyde

Puritan Board Sophomore
Or to answer the question another way, Alexander Whyte read a great deal of Manton.

Seriously, the account of his carrying Manton's works with him everywhere, and how he compiled the index to Manton's works, is worth the reading.

Wayne, where may I read this?
 

FenderPriest

Puritan Board Junior
I have the set from Solid Ground, and really appreciate having it. I don't read it often, but I do read some of it. This summer I've been reading Self Denial from time to time (to grow as a Christian, a husband, and a soon-to-be-dad, I figure I need to execute myself a little more often). He's really helpful, pastoral, and insightful. I think of Manton's works like I think of all puritan works: investments. Do you immediately benefit from all your investments? No, but they're there to be drawn from over the course of one's life. A steady guide and help to be relied upon. Kind of like Piper's stuff - not everything needs to be read, but it's always good and helpful when it is read.
 

C. M. Sheffield

Puritan Board Graduate
Very true Jacob. And thank you all for your helpful remarks. I feel pretty confident that I will make the purchase now.

P.S. I liked the old "Thanks" button better. This is Puritan Board. Why would any kind of change whatsoever be seen as good thing in a place called "Puritan" Board?!

{In a slightly disturbed sounding voice} Stop changing things... I just can't handle it! :flamingscot:
 
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PhilipLivingstone

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Dear Sir,
Most emphatically, Thomas Manton is superb - second only to Owen. His most practical works would be James, Jude, and
Sermons on Hebrews 11, but all 22 volumes are well worth reading. Much benefit to be gained from a thorough study of manton.
Sincerely,
Philip Livingstone
 

Pilgrim72

Puritan Board Junior
Manton is nothing short of AMAZING! You will not be disappointed. He is easy to read and you'll find that every sentence is pure gold. I love the Puritans, but one of my favorites is Thomas Manton.
 
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