The Works of Thomas Goodwin

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  1. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

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    I have recently acquired some volumes of the Works of Thomas Goodwin. These seem to be a very valuable collection; volume 3, in particular, seems to have some real gems in it, I enjoyed reading his short work The Vanity of Thoughts Discovered, and am currently making my way through A Child of Light Walking in Darkness. What I particularly like about the latter book is that the short chapters mean that readers who do not have a lot of time on their hands can throughly digest what the author is saying in a chapter without having to stop when you are partially through it. Often I lose out when reading Puritan works, as I would need to set aside an entire day to fully read and digest a chapter. Furthermore, A Child of Light Walking in Darkness is an excellent treatment of the doctrine of assurance; from memory (I read this about 6 years ago) Joel Beeke heavily relied upon it when writing his PhD A Quest for Full Assurance.
     
  2. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Thomas Goodwin is one of the Puritans I know very little about. Thanks for this Daniel.
     
  3. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    No problem brother. I think it does not help Thomas Goodwin that the only works that Banner published by him were the ones which (I suspect) are probably the hardest to read. It should be noted that Amazon sell the volumes individually, I recommend reading some of the stuff in volume 3 (which includes the two works I mentioned) first. :cheers:
     
  4. VirginiaHuguenot

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  5. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Thanks for that VA, I'll keep that in mind for the summer. I might as well read what I am supposed to for class (even though it is terrible)...
     
  6. Presbyterian Deacon

    Presbyterian Deacon Puritan Board Graduate

    Samples of Goodwin:

    "Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayers and worn with thanks."

    "After thou hast prayed, observe what God doth towards thee; especially how He doth guide thy feet and heart after prayer; there is much in that. That which was the spirit of supplication in a man when he prayed, rests upon him as the spirit of obedience in his course."

     
  7. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Thanks for those quotes Presbyterian Deacon. Lovely.
     
  8. JohnOwen007

    JohnOwen007 Puritan Board Sophomore

    We must remember that this addition of Thomas Goodwin's works has some blemishes editorially. The editor took liberties such that the text was changed at various points from the original; some changes were insignificant, others more so.

    This version is good as a way of getting into the heart of Goodwin. However, for an academic dissertation one would have to go to the 17th century originals.

    Blessings.
     
  9. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

    Goodwin on sources and 19thC editors « Thomas Goodwin
     
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