Who is your favorite Puritan?

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  1. thistle93

    thistle93 Puritan Board Freshman

    If you don't mind, who is your favorite puritan and explain briefly why? Also include your favorite work from that puritan and explain briefly why?
    This may be a hard question with the vast number to chose from. Thank you!

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  2. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    The answer would probably be different if you asked which writer I find "most useful" or who I think is the "best." But for a "favorite" I have to go with Sibbes, because he always seems to make me appreciate Christ more deeply.
  3. Guido's Brother

    Guido's Brother Puritan Board Junior

    Thomas Watson, particularly for his vivid use of language. He was an expert communicator and his expertise makes him continue to be one of the most readable of the Puritans. His book All Things for Good is a classic, not to be missed for its compelling explanation and application of the doctrine of providence.
  4. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable

    I agree, Sibbes and Watson.
  5. Pilgrim72

    Pilgrim72 Puritan Board Junior

    My favorite usually happens to be the Puritan that I'm reading at the time. I usually say John Owen, as I am always floored by his writings. Most particularly his works on Mortification and Spiritual Mindedness. Watson is always a pleasure to read; you really can't go wrong with anything by him. George Swinnock, you'll find is quite devotional - I find his writings extremely moving. Thomas Manton is a rock, I can always count on him to say exactly what I need to hear. Try his work on Psalm 119. Jeremiah Burroughs is thorough, as you'll find most Puritans are. His Rare Jewel changed my life.

    I guess I can write a little something on every Puritan I've read... But I find that all of them write in a manner that depicts an extreme closeness to the Lord. As if their minds are fixed in heaven.

    I've also thoroughly enjoyed works by other lesser known Puritans like Sir Richard Baker and his work on the Psalms; Samuel Smith and his Commentaries on some of the Psalms (his work on Psalm 1 is in print); William Secker's Nonsuch Professor is excellent.
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  6. Cymro

    Cymro Puritan Board Junior

    Owen for doctrinal satisfaction,Swinnock for devotional enjoyment and
    his ability tub capture a truth in a pithy saying.
  7. Don Kistler

    Don Kistler Puritan Board Sophomore

    I can't limit it to just one. I've got 3 men tied for 1st place: Jonathan Edwards, Jeremiah Burroughs, and Christopher Love.
  8. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    There are better Puritan preachers and writers but I have to go with James Durham for professional interest which has had me spent a lot of time with his works.
  9. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    There are certainly people from whom it is easier to extract a short and memorable saying (David Dickson), but Durham's explanations tend to be of the best.
  10. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    Thomas Watson. He is brief, vivid, easy to understand, practical, and not afraid to tell it the way it is.
  11. Abeard

    Abeard Puritan Board Freshman

    My favourite Puritan would have to be Rutherford and his letters. I found my heart warmed every time I would read his letters.
  12. ProtestantBankie

    ProtestantBankie Puritan Board Freshman

    Thomas Brooks is my favourite, what a mighty encouragement his writings have been.

    Unlike many of the puritans, relatively little is known about him on a personal level.
  13. LeeD

    LeeD Puritan Board Freshman

    John Bunyan and Thomas Watson.
  14. irresistible_grace

    irresistible_grace Puritan Board Junior

    I am thoroughly enjoying Robert Murray M'Cheyne. His sermons [Hebrews, Old Testament & New Testament] are so Christological. I love Matthew Henry's Commentary. And, I love Rutherford's letters. If I had to say who I thought was the best... I would have to go with Calvin, as in John Calvin! His prayers, sermons, institutes and commentaries will keep me busy for years to come. He had such a passion for what he believed. If Calvin doesn't count, I think Knox is my next. If he doesn't count either, I would have to go with Durham as the "best" for his diligence. I can't wait to read his LXXII sermons on the whole 53rd chapter of Isaiah.
  15. joejohnston3

    joejohnston3 Puritan Board Sophomore

  16. gkterry

    gkterry Puritan Board Freshman

    What day of the month is it?

    The 6th? It must be Thomas Manton day.
  17. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    For sheer genius in the history of Christianity: Owen.
    For imaginative ability to tell the old, old story: Bunyan.
  18. Logan

    Logan Puritan Board Junior

    Ditto. Just can't beat Brooks for clarity either.
  19. belin

    belin Puritan Board Freshman

    Thomas Watson, John Bunyan, John Owen, Matthew Henry, John Flavel, Thomas Brooks, ... in the order that I benefited
  20. belin

    belin Puritan Board Freshman

    Books are hard to choose ...
    Thomas Watson - The Divine Cordial is the best for its assurance - The Body of Divinity, The Ten Commandments, and The Lord's Prayer are a nice Puritan Systematic Theology by itself
    John Bunyan - Of course, the allegories - Pilgrim's Progress and Holy War. The best to me was "The Greatness of the Soul and the Loss Thereof" which shook my soul
    John Owen - The work on "Mortification of Sin" ... The Glory of Christ and Communion with the Triune God follow closely
    Matthew Henry - "The Method of Prayer" for really teaching a biblical way to pray. Of course, the ever beneficial commentaries!
    John Flavel, Thomas Brooks - plenty of sweet and clear writings that excite the soul towards God
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