Meet the Puritans
Joel Beeke & Randall Pederson
Summary: Do you know who the Puritans are? They were godly men who came just after the great Reformation. "They worked to reform and purify the church and to lead people toward godly living consistent with the Reformed doctrines of grace" (xviii). They pastored congregations. They also wrote voraciously, leaving us a wealth of literary treasure. Today there is a rekindled awareness of the Puritans and a hunger for their words. It can be overwhelming to wade into this ocean of sermons and treatises. This book can be a great help. Each Puritan is alphabetically placed in the book along with a short biography of his life. Following is a list of that man's published work, each individual title getting its own short synapsis. In the preface there is a great little piece that tells you where to start should you decide to take on these spiritual giants. Also in the preface, Beeke gives wonderful reasons why we should read the Puritans.
Personal Thoughts: I love this book. I have flipped through its pages so many times. This book really helped me to learn who the Puritans were and what exactly I wanted to read based on my own interests and reading levels. Don't get intimidated by the size of this book. Remember that it is primarily a reference tool. I think very much of the Puritans --they've helped me grow in my faith so very much with the help of the Holy Spirit. I truly hope that you would read a Puritan author one day. Start with Thomas Brooks or Richard Sibbes. Things will progress on their own from there...especially if you have the help of this book.