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  1. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

  2. ~~Susita~~

    ~~Susita~~ Puritan Board Junior

    Mostly theological and on holy living. My pastor has commentaries galore, so I could always raid his library. :D
  3. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

    Are you looking for easy reading (Watson) or hard reading (Owen & Goodwin)
  4. ~~Susita~~

    ~~Susita~~ Puritan Board Junior

    Either. I can deal with both. :)
  5. FenderPriest

    FenderPriest Puritan Board Junior

    Also, another "must have" that is also very cheap is, The Life of God in the Soul of Man by Henry Scougal. It's very short, but packed full of God glorifying truth that will capture your heart for Christ more deeply.
  6. danmpem

    danmpem Puritan Board Junior

    While I'm not a fan of abridged/re-worded books, BoT has some good ones of Owen (Mortification of Sin, Holy Spirit, and some others).
  7. cih1355

    cih1355 Puritan Board Junior

    I read Keeping the Heart by Flavel and it was encouraging.

    Now, I'm reading Manton's book, Temptation by Christ, and it has been excellent so far. The book discusses how Satan tempted Christ three times. The book talks about how Christ used Scripture to overcome temptation. The devil used Scripture as well, but it was for the purpose of twisting it.

    The Existence and Attributes of God by Charnock is a massive tome. I have read parts of it.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2008
  8. Theogenes

    Theogenes Puritan Board Junior

    Susita,I agree with Curt.* Get Stephen Charnock's "The Existence and Attributes of God". It usually sells very cheap with CBD- for like 10-15 bucks!!* Any of his other works are good as well.* But that one you can find easily.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2008
  9. Presbyterian Deacon

    Presbyterian Deacon Puritan Board Graduate

    On holy living:

    Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul -- Octavius Winslow (1841)--though perhaps later than--or at the very end of what one might generally think of as "the puritan era" this 19th Century Nonconformist minister's work is a wonderful treatment of backsliding and restoration to faith.

    A Remedy for Wandering Thoughts in Worship -- Richard Steel (1673).

    The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul -- Philip Doddridge (1745).

    The Crook in the Lot --Thomas Boston (1676-1732).

    The Force of Truth -- Thomas Scott (1779).

    Modern books about the Puritans (if you'd be interested in such a thing):

    The Puritans -- D.M. Lloyd-Jones (Banner of Truth, 1987)

    Puritan Reformed Spirituality -- Joel R. Beeke (Reformed Heritage Books, 2004)
  10. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    We should read Witsius because it was written in Holland? The last phrase in this sentence seems garbled to me, Lane. :confused:
  11. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    As long as it's the Baker Books printing, not the Banner of Truth re-write.
  12. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    He wasn't a Puritan, of course, but anything by Spurgeon is worth reading. His sermons (more than 3,500 of them) make excellent edifying devotional reading.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2008
  13. ~~Susita~~

    ~~Susita~~ Puritan Board Junior

    I was able to find copies of the books from Boston and Doddridge on About the latter - that guy was so incredibly thorough in "The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul" that I'm amazed. After I copied and pasted everything over to word and single spaced it, it ended up being 170 pages :eek: Good thing my mum gets free copies at work :D
    But yeah, I think I'll start reading that one first and maybe see if mum would care to join in.

    Thank you!
  14. danmpem

    danmpem Puritan Board Junior

    I've read some historians who call Spurgeon "the last of the great Puritans", as he did come so late in the game.
  15. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    Well Richard, that's more than reason enough to read it, but it just so happens it's got great theological content, too! ;)
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2008
  16. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    What's the difference?
  17. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    If you're looking for books on holy living, then an absolutely essential read, which will lay a good foundation for all precise practical direction is Walter Marshall, The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification. Whatever else you might not be able to get, that and William Guthrie's The Christian's Great Interest are vital.
  18. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Susita and all the PB:

    Maybe we should start a PuritanBoard lending library or book exchange.

    Rather than buying 200 USD in books, perhaps some PBers could mail the books to the recipient who could then read then and mail them back. Not sure how postal rates are going these days, but perhaps 8 books mailed two ways would still be 1/10th of the price of buying them.
  19. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    I believe that Lane is saying that a'Brakel should be on every Christian's reading list as it (ie., "Father Brakel's" The Christian's Reasonable Service) was in Holland in the 18th century.

    Bartel Elshout, The Pastoral and Practical Theology of Wilhelmus a Brakel:

    Lane can certainly clarify if I misunderstood him, but I wholeheartedly concur with the plugs for Witsius and a'Brakel.

    So much has already been said that it would be superfluous to add more. So happy reading! :pilgrim:
  20. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

  21. Grymir

    Grymir Puritan Board Graduate

    Hey, not related to your quest, but nice cookbook on your self. I'm a proffesional chef and it's the cookbook I use most. Call it the Puritan's Guide to Good Food Which Will Lead to Greater Grace Expressed at The Family Table. (I think that home cooking is a lost art.)

    P.S. I love Spurgeon too! Add him anytime.
  22. Seb

    Seb Puritan Board Junior

    Maybe I have trust issues, but I struggle just loaning some of my cheaper books to people I know and see everyday. Much less loaning an expensive book to someone across the country (or around the world in your case Pergy). :)

    No offense anyone, but I don't see how that could work. :2cents:
  23. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    I can see how that sentence might cause confusion! Andrew has it right.
  24. Presbyterian Deacon

    Presbyterian Deacon Puritan Board Graduate

    Another excellent work on holy living is:

    Thoughts on Religious Experience by Archibald Alexander (first published:1844) Reprinted by Banner of Truth, 1967, 1978.
  25. ~~Susita~~

    ~~Susita~~ Puritan Board Junior


    OK y'all, I read a great one yesterday that had to do with (mostly) Limited Atonement, but I can't remember who it was and can't find it again. Any references to some great writings on this topic would be appreciated; I've just engaged myself in a discussion with someone on this topic. (again. Why do they always struggle with L??)
  26. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    The Baker edition is simply a reprint of Pink's book.

    The Banner re-write is just that: Iaian H. Murray didn't like Pink's presentation, so he took Pink's book, took out some stuff, re-wrote other sections, and added some new stuff of his own. Then it was published as if it were Pink's book. Highly unethical.

    If Murray disagreed with Pink's book, he could have (a) written a long review article expressing his areas of disagreement; or (b) written his own book on the sovereignty of God as an answer book. But it was unethical of him to take Pink's book and re-write it to suit himself. Disapproving of the way Pink wrote, Murray, in effect, censored him.

    I always urge people to get the Baker reprint. That is Arthur Pink's book.
  27. danmpem

    danmpem Puritan Board Junior

    I own both, the BoT and the Baker edition. I didn't know that Murray rewote any parts. I thought that in his edition there was no appendix, only one chapter for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and no chapters on human will.
  28. Zadok

    Zadok Puritan Board Freshman

    Dear Susan

    There are so many Puritans to read and they wrote so much. So it is difficult to narrow down, but permit me to add my 2 cents worth.

    Start by collecting all of Thomas Watson's works - these are real gems!
    Then add the works of Thomas Brooks - like Watson he packs a great deal with Pithy sayings etc. Read for instance his "Precious Remedies" for a flavour of the rest of his writings!
    For a truly fantastic devotional Scripture commentary (not verse by verse or in any sense exegetical) but a truly great meditational commentary- read Joseph Hall's "Contemplations" - This is searching and heart warming!
    Add volumes 6 and 7 of Owen's works - on "Temptation and Sin" and "Sin and Grace"
    And Finally Add Bunyan's complete works.

    Here in short compass, I believe you have the very cream of puritan writings aimed at a closer walk with the Lord.

    Wishing you every blessing.

    If you want to taste these works before deciding to buy them, visit my website at:

    Book Academy

    PS. Hall's commentary is under the Commentaries section
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2008
  29. ~~Susita~~

    ~~Susita~~ Puritan Board Junior

    Thank you much for the suggestions and also: welcome to the Puritan Board! I purchased the complete works of Matthew Henry (commentaries not included) to start with, and I've been copying many interesting writings from this site: Welcome to the Christian Classics Ethereal Library! | Christian Classics Ethereal Library and putting them in clear folders because it's cheaper and the copyright ran out long ago. Plus it'll save room on my bookshelf for a ton of other good writings. :D
  30. caddy

    caddy Puritan Board Senior

    I highly recommend Beeke & Pederson's "Meet the Puritans" with a Guide to Modern Reprints. This book came out in 2006 and is almost 900 pages of introductory sketches on scores and scores of the great men of old.

    This was one of the best book purchases I've ever made!
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2008
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