A Place to Start

There are many people out there who would like to start reading some good Puritan literature. However, they don’t know where to start. After all, there have been many, many reprints of Puritan literature by Soli Deo Gloria, Banner of Truth, Reformation Heritage Books, Tanski Publications, Dust and Ashes, Solid Ground Christian Books, Tentmaker Publications, and others. There is a lifetime of reading here of the very best spiritually uplifting literature. I can think of no better entrance into this wonderful world than this book. What is so great about this book is that it is not just a biographical introduction to most of the famous Puritans. It is also a guide to modern reprints. Every major republication of the Puritans within the last fifty years is included in this book, making it a fantastic one-stop entrance into the world of the Puritans. Furthermore, they do not forget the Scots worthies or the Dutch worthies. Included in the former are Binning, Boston, Dickson, Durham, the Erskines, Gillespie, Gray, Guthrie, Halyburton, Rutherford, and Scougal. Included in the latter are a’Brakel, Comrie, Frelinghuysen, Hellenbroek, Hoornbeek, Koelman, Taffin, Teellinck, van der Groe, VanderKemp, Voetius, and Witsius. Furthermore, there is a valuable annotated guide to secondary literature on the Puritans, as well.

So, whether you are new to the Puritans or not, this book will serve you well, as you seek to build a Puritan library, which all Christians should do, let alone pastors.


  1. Barry Waugh said,

    April 7, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I think that a good introduction to the lives of the Puritans is Will Barker’s, “Puritan Profiles,” published by Mentor, Christian Focus. These particular Puritans were involved in the Westminster Assembly, so they would be of great interest to confessional people. Dr. Barker provides a brief biography of sixty-six of these men and each entry is fully footnoted for further research. I do not know if this title is still in print, but my guess is that the Westminster Seminary bookstore may have some copies. The 1999 printing has a detailed index, while the 1996 printing does not. Dr. Barker provides information about the publications of each of these men in his biographical entries.
    I think that William Perkins’s “The Art of Prophesying” is a wonderful book on preaching. I am afraid that the title might lead some to conclude that it is a book on forth-telling, but “prophesying” is merely a Puritan term for preaching. I think that Banner of Truth still has this title available in a paperback and it is quite reasonably priced. Perkins believed that preaching involved reading the Word, explaining the passage, making some points of doctrine regarding the passage, and then applying the points to life. Perkin’s works need to be reprinted, but since they are contained in three massive folio volumes, no publisher has yet undertaken the expensive task of providing Master Perkins’s works for the contemporary Christian.

  2. greenbaggins said,

    April 7, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    These guys are making what looks like a good effort:


  3. Barry Waugh said,

    April 7, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks, Lane! I did not realize that this is going on. The digital format will be very helpful due to the ability to search, but I guess that Elizabethan English will have to be kept in mind.

  4. Barry Waugh said,

    April 7, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    It is 54 Puritans in Will Barker’s book, not 66. Sorry!

  5. Danny said,

    April 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve purchased this volume and it is worth every penny!

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