"Must Have" Puritan Books

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  1. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    What books (and by this I do not mean collected works, systematic theologies, etc...) do you think are MUST READS for the Christian man or woman? Specifically produced by the hand of a Puritan author in a book (or pamphlet)?
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  2. CalvinandHodges

    CalvinandHodges Puritan Board Junior


    How are things going Ben?

    Must have Puritan Books - hmmmm - Only Puritans I guess?

    The Marrow of Modern Divinity by Edward Fisher

    The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes

    The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson

    Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs

    The Mortification of Sin by John Owen

    Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici by various Westminister Divines

    Human Nature in its Fourfold State by Thomas Boston

    The Fountain of Life by John Flavel

    The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel

    The Art of Prophesying by William Perkins

    The Westminster Standards

    The World Conquered by the Faithful Christian by Richard Alleine

    I am sure there are many others that could be listed.


  3. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Owen on justification and mortification of sin (volumes 3 and 5), Gurnall's The Christian in Complete Armor, Brooks's Precious Remedies, Flavel on God's Providence and on the Catechism, Boston on the Catechism, Charnock's The Existence and Attributes of God.

    By the way, you have a somewhat amusing dangling modifier there. Today's Christian man or woman is not produced by the hand of a Puritan author.

    I also agree with Josh and Robert's choices.
  4. caddy

    caddy Puritan Board Senior

    "The Almost Christian Discovered," Matthew Mead
    "Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices," Thomas Brooks
    "The Method of Grace" John Flavel
    "The Godly Man's Picture," Thomas Watson
    "Crook in the Lot" Thomas Boston
    "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment," Jeremiah Burroughs
  5. Reformed Thomist

    Reformed Thomist Puritan Board Sophomore

    Owen's The Glory of Christ; Thomas Watson's The Ten Commandments, The Lord's Prayer, The Doctrine of Repentance; John Flavel's The Mystery of Providence...
  6. christiana

    christiana Puritan Board Senior

    All the Puritan Paperbacks, plus The Christian in Complete Armor and Pilgrim's Progress, and Watson's Body of Divinity.

    Actually, if you read Meet the Puritans, which gives a brief bio and lists their works that are in print, that would in itself make a great list of puritan works.
  7. TaylorOtwell

    TaylorOtwell Puritan Board Junior

    I second "Godly Mans Picture" by Watson and "Precious Remedies" by Brooks.
  8. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    Hey! Aren't you supposed to be on a honeymoon?!
  9. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.


    Burroughs on Hosea. Sadly only available in paperback now, unless you want to spend $265 on eBay. Ouch. [ouch unless I want to sell my copy, in which case, yippee!]

    Bunyan's Acceptable Sacrifice.

    Strongly agree on previous votes for Watson's Body of Divinity and Flavel's Mystery of Providence.
  10. gene_mingo

    gene_mingo Puritan Board Junior

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, John Owen
  11. gkterry

    gkterry Puritan Board Freshman

    The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter

    For the most practical book and one that anyone involved with any sort of counseling:

    Christian Directory by Richard Baxter

  12. UKPuritan40

    UKPuritan40 Puritan Board Freshman

    I second all of the above, particularly John Owen's works and Richard Sibbes Bruised Reed is not to be missed.

    I have personally and spiritually been much blessed by the letter's of Samuel Rutherford. No matter what topic he is addressing, he points one to the grace of God and the riches of Christ such as one cannot but be encouraged and given much hope in the life to come. These are a blessing to read devotionally.

    I also have been blessed, though he is not a Puritan, by Octavious Winslow's "Personal Declension." This book is a handy reminder of the imperceptable degree's by which we slumber and sleep our way to spiritual dullness. (Though thanks be to God He perseveres His saints)

    I love Thomas Goodwin's "The Return of Prayer" though it is not an easy read.

    And a most convicting and soul stiring book on prayer is Samual Lee's "On Secret Prayer" which is found in SDG's "The Puritan's on Prayer."

    Susan Nye Ferrell
    Member Sovereign Redeemer OPC, Boise
  13. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    I am going to sound like a noisy gong on this one probably but one of the most helpful books I have read in a long time was Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burrough's. I only wish I had read this book many years ago.

    John Owen on Sin and Temptation should be on the top of everyone's list.
  14. Sven

    Sven Puritan Board Sophomore

    The Path of True Godliness by Willem Teelink.

    The Marks of God's Children by Jean Taffin

    A Treatise on Earthly Mindedness by Jeremiah Burroughs

    The ABC of Faith by Alexander Comrie

    Anything written by Owen, Watson, Sibbes, Manton, and Flavel
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