What books did you get over the holidays?

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  1. moral necessity

    moral necessity Puritan Board Junior

    Did anybody pick up any good reads for the new year?

    I got the first volume of William Perkins' works from Reformation Heritage.

  2. Frosty

    Frosty Puritan Board Sophomore

    Got 3 with the Amazon gift card my brother-in-law got me for our gift exchange. Decided to go in the direction of better understanding family history.

    Beechview (PA) from the Images of America series- my grandpa is pictured in the book.

    Biographical Sketches and Index of the Huguenot Settlers of New Rochelle, 1687-1776- my 9-times great-grandfather and his family are profiled.

    With Axe and Bible: The Scottish Pioneers of New Brunswick, 1784-1874- book that focuses on the Presbyterian Church as the lynchpin of Scottish society in the settling of New Brunswick, Canada.
  3. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    "Germany: Memories of a Nation" by Neil MacGregor of the British Museum. Interesting read if you're interested in Germany and German history and culture. Lots of pictures, but highly enlightening.

    "Revelation: Four Views, Revised and Updated: A Parallel Commentary" by Steve Gregg ( Thomas Nelson). See online review by Kenneth L. Gentry.

    Although this is a good book and a great and helpful overview of preterism, historicism, futurism and idealism, I discovered from Steve Gregg's website that he is Arminian and possible annihilationist. So I bought the book second hand.

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  4. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist Staff Member

    Got the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible (black leather), Chris Coldwell's Grand Debate, Machen's What is Faith, Oliphint's Reason and Revelation, the full set of Livy's Histories (Oxford), and Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy.

    The Ref Heritage bible is a real gem... best notes and study apparatus out there :)
  5. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Vos, Geerhardus, Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation
    Ziele, Helmut, Modern Theological German
    McCormack, Bruce, Karl Barth's Critically Realist Dialectical Theology
    Moreland, J. P. Kingdom Triangle
    and I am debating on getting

    The Glory of the Atonement
  6. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    I got a brand new, scarcely touched copy of Eric Foner's Reconstruction for free in a university library's free book-shelf yesterday. Some generous individual must have finished with it and donated the book, saving me £17 as I had planned to buy it at a book-store that very day! :cool:
  7. jambo

    jambo Puritan Board Senior

    Wife bought me a lovely book by Alexander McCall Smith "Edinburgh, a work of beauty." For a bit of nostalgia, one of my sons bought me a collection of old "Broons and Oor Willie" stories. For those not familiar with Scot's culture, probably the most influential literature ever produced!
  8. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    For some reason my family thinks all I do is read (crazy idea) so I always receive several Amazon gift cards. This was the first book that came in the mail. Very fascinating.

  9. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    I assume that Easter Road was not included with this tome. ;)
  10. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

  11. jambo

    jambo Puritan Board Senior

    Thus far no mention of it. He might mention it later by way of contrast.
  12. Jeffriesw

    Jeffriesw Puritan Board Freshman

    Douglas Moo — The Letter of James (Pillar New Testament Commentary, 2000).

    Thomas Manton — James (Geneva Series Commentaries, 1968).

    Charles Hodge — Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians (1950 [1857]).
  13. reaganmarsh

    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

    From some folks in our church:

    The Reformation Commentary on Scripture (vols. on John 1-12 & Acts), A Portrait of Paul (Ventura & Walker), and a book that looks like an interesting read entitled God Does Not...entertain, play matchmaker, hurry... (Laytham).

    My father-in-law gave me Ravi Zacharias' Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass-Marketed Spirituality, which looks like it will be excellent. I really enjoy RZ.
  14. M_Scott

    M_Scott Puritan Board Freshman

    Nothing substantial for me, mostly wanting a few items to hold in my hand rather than read on my laptop.

    I needed a large print Bible - ESV Large Print TruTone Charcoal (Crossway, 2014)

    A few items for the Confessional Christian:
    Reformed Confessions Harmonized - Beeke
    The Creedal Imperative - Trueman
    Confessing The Faith - Van Dixhoorn
    The WCF and Catechisms - OPC Hardcover

    WTS Books also had a number of clearance items, I figured I would read them then loan them without worry if they made it back :)
    Understanding Scripture - Grudem
    Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible - Grudem
    Choosing a Bible - Ryken
    The Legacy of the King James Bible - Ryken
    ESV and the English Bible Legacy - Ryken
    Understanding English Bible Translation - Ryken

    When I received a WTSBooks email that all Crossway ESV Bibles would no longer be discounted after Jan 05, I went ahead and ordered the ESV Study Bible Large Print Gen. Leather Black (Crossway, 2014) ||| Concise Theology - Packer ||| Grace Through the Ages - Smith

    I wanted to add Grudem's Systematic Theology but began to wonder about him after reading on his site he has a fondness for Wimber, doing a search here at PB made me put it off for now. I'm downloading his ST series (mp3) now, we'll see. I'm waiting to see what the 2015 Reformation Study Bible looks like..? I would like a nice study Bible from a Reformed perspective, with text (ESV, NKJV, ..?) and notes with a readable font.
  15. Matthew1344

    Matthew1344 Puritan Board Freshman

    From Heaven He Came And Sought Her - bunch of people wrote it
    Overcoming Sin and Temptation: 3 classic works by John Owen
    Crazy Busy - DeYoung
    2 Volume set of the Works of J. Edwards
    Communion with God - Owen
  16. Pilgrim72

    Pilgrim72 Puritan Board Junior

    I, too, bought the Works of William Perkins Vol. 1. I just received it and am looking through it now. I must say, this was beautifully put together. I am very thankful that RHB is doing this.
    I also bought the RHB King James Study Bible. Also beautifully done. I'm reading through the Psalms in the morning and going through the notes and questions. Malcolm Watts' annotations are well done, but I wish he was given more space.
    I'm also reading "Prepared By Grace, For Grace" by Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley. As I read the Puritans all the time, this book will hopefully help me in understanding them a little more.
    I'm finishing up "The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen" by Ryan McGraw. It's a nice little intro to Owen. I'd like to read McGraw's other work on Owen, sadly it's over $100 on Amazon. I wonder why... Same thing with Mark Jones' work on Owen...

    Other books I recently got, but haven't read (that are sitting on my "Read next" pile):
    "The Church's Book of Comfort" by Willem Van'T Spijker
    "Confessing The Faith" by Chad Van Dixhoorn
    "The Westminster Assembly's Grand Debate"
    "A Treatise on True Theology" by Junius
    "From Heaven He Came and Sought Her"
    "William Grimshaw of Haworth" by Faith Cook

    I got some other Puritan works from Puritan Publications that I need to read, too.

    I wish I didn't read so slow. :(

    Thought I would add that these were just books I got for myself. No one gave them to me as gifts. (Not sure if that's what was meant in the OP.)
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2014
  17. jwithnell

    jwithnell Moderator Staff Member

    JI Packer A Quest for Godliness
  18. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    I didn't get anything new for Christmas, but I finished reading (for you classical music fans) Virgil Thomson's collected music criticism in his new Library of America volume. It provides about 900 pages of snapshots of New York's classical music life (with a quick side trip to Paris) during the 1940s and early 1950s.

    In the new year, I plan to re-read James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. It's considered the first modern biography - and it's a fabulous read.
  19. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    My 14-year-old son gave me a book of football trivia. Given how I typically withdraw to read theology and the trivia is something fun I can do with him instead, it's probably just what I need.
  20. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

    Perkins, vol. 1
    Confessing The Faith by Chad Van Dixhoorn
    The Westminster Assembly's Grand Debate
    The Theology of the Westminster Standards, by Fesko
    The Presbyterian Creed, by Fortson
    Why Study History? by John Fea
    Calvinism: A History by Hart
    Presbyterians in North Carolina: Race, Politics, & Religious Identity, by Conser & Cain
    and on recommendation above, just now ordered A Thing of Beauty: Edinburgh, by McCall Smith
  21. Warren

    Warren Puritan Board Freshman

    I bought a Geneva Bible facsimile. I wanted it for the commentary mostly. I'm going to read through it in a year, according to a 52 week plan. Maybe some day I'll take it to Leonard's Book Restoration and have a proper family bible made out of it.
  22. Sensus Divinitas

    Sensus Divinitas Puritan Board Freshman

    - Gottschalk & A Medieval Predestination Controversy translated by Genke and Gumerlock
    - The Will of God and the Cross: A Historical and Theological Study of John Calvin's Doctrine of Limited Redemption by Jonathan Rainbow
    - Only the Decalogue is Eternal: Martin Luther's Complete Antinomian Theses & Disputations edited by Holger Sonntag
    - History of the Synoptic Tradition by Rudolf Bultmann (writing a paper on Bultmann for seminary)
  23. Sensus Divinitas

    Sensus Divinitas Puritan Board Freshman

    I'll have to check that one out.
  24. Puritan Sailor

    Puritan Sailor Puritan Board Doctor

    CPJ 10
    The Westminster Assembly's Grand Debate
    How (Not) To Be Secular, by James K.A. Smith
    The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen, by Sinclair Ferguson
    The Evangelical Mind and the New School Presbyterian Experience, George Marsden
  25. SolaScriptura

    SolaScriptura Puritan Board Doctor

    I received the new edition of New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology. Now I need to figure out what to do with the Colin Brown edition...
  26. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    I believe I posted this in another thread, so at the risk of being redundant, A Popular Commentary on the New Testament (4 vols.) by Schaff, Philip, T&T Clark, Charles Scribner’s Sons 1879–1890

    I wanted it mainly for William Milligan's commentaries on The Gospel Of John, and Revelation, but it was hard to find in separate volumes at a reasonable price. I lucked out in finding all 4 in nice condition for being over 100 years old, and at just north of a hundred bucks.
  27. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

  28. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    Well, yes, that's how someone would read through a Bible in a year... LOL
  29. johnny

    johnny Puritan Board Sophomore

    I got Reformed Portfolio (Yippee)

    Also Riddlebagger's The Lion of Princeton B. B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian


    And Hendrickson's More than Conquerors (How does this differ to the Baker Commentary Revelation??? by the by)
  30. Bill The Baptist

    Bill The Baptist Puritan Board Graduate

    The Baker commentary on Revelation was written by Simon Kistemaker, not Hendriksen.
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