Pillar Journal

Where to Begin reading the Puritans


If you are just starting to read the Puritans, begin with Thomas Watson’s Heaven Taken by Storm, John Bunyan’s The Fear of God, John Flavel’s Keeping the Heart, Thomas Brooks’s Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, and Richard Sibbes’s Glorious Freedom, then move on to the works of John Owen, Thomas Goodwin, and Jonathan Edwards.

For sources that introduce you to the Puritan lifestyle and theology, begin with Leland Ryken’s Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1990), Peter Lewis’s The Genius of Puritanism (Morgan, Penn.: Soli Deo Gloria, 1997), and Erroll Hulse’s Who are the Puritans? and what do they teach? (Darlington, England: Evangelical Press, 2000). Then move on to James I. Packer’s A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 1990).

Excerpt from
Meet the Puritan
by Joel R. Beeke and Randall J. Pederson