5 PURITANS YOU SHOULD READ
The Puritan Paperback series are great devotional books full of insightful sermons that do the soul well. If you want to be encouraged in the faith, challenged in how you live, convicted of your sins, and taught the Bible, these are the books for you. Here are a few that I have personally read and been sanctified by.
The Heart of Christ - Thomas Goodwin Pulling largely from Jesus' example towards his disciples in John 13 and Hebrews 4:15, Goodwin writes to us who are often anxious about our stance before God. This book reminds us that Christ is not sour towards his people, his heart for them is filled with love and compassion.
https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Christ-Puritan-Paperbacks/dp/1848711468/ref=sr_1_8?crid=2V9MFIE8J7IFJ&dchild=1&keywords=puritan+paperbacks&qid=1588099525&sprefix=puritan+pap%2Caps%2C438&sr=8-8 The Bruised Reed - Richard Sibbs Looking into Isaiah 42:1-3, Sibbs reminds us God is aware that we have times where we feel overworked, tired, and honestly, broken and useless. He knew this is in our nature. Yet, he does not destroy us, or put us out, but he restores us in his care.
https://www.amazon.com/Bruised-Reed-Puritan-Paperbacks/dp/0851517404/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=puritan+paperbacks+bruised+reed&qid=1588099598&sr=8-2 All Things for Good - Thomas Watson The book's title comes from Romans 8:28, and Watson draws out these truths with simplicity and practicality. We often ask the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people”? This book will help us all answer that question.
https://www.amazon.com/All-Things-Good-Puritan-Paperbacks/dp/0851514782/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=puritan+paperbacks+all+things+for+good&qid=1588099626&sr=8-1 Prayer - John Bunyan Most known for his work, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan gives two expositions. One focusing on we pray in the Spirit of God. The other teaches us on how to practically approach the throne of grace.
https://www.amazon.com/Prayer-Puritan-Paperbacks-John-Bunyan/dp/0851510906/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=puritan+paperbacks+prayer&qid=1588099656&sr=8-6 Christian Love - Hugh Binning You may think you know how to love your neighbor, but this book calls that into speculation. This read challenges the heart in how you show love to one another. This book demonstrates the nature of love from 1 Corinthians 13 and points to how this was modeled by Christ towards us and his disciples.
HOW TO BEST READ THE PURITANS: These books don’t read like your common contemporary Christian works. These are 17th and 18th century authors. The best way I can explain it is to imagine a book jam packed with awesome, tweetable things in the language of your favorite British actors. So, as you read, here are some tips for you.
#Don’tRush It’s like digging for diamonds in a mine: the more you work for it, the more you will find. These reads are filled with great jewels of wisdom and they are worth taking the time to understand their worth.
Read in Pieces Just like desserts that are rich and sweet, you gotta take this in small bites. These were designed for you to take your time digesting bite size pieces. So if you spend 30 minutes with one book and only get through a few pages, NO WORRIES! These books don’t spoil so feel free to take it in over time.
Pray These are the great books to be introspective with. So seek the Lord and his wisdom in prayer. If something in a chapter resonates with you, pray over it, journal it, and share them with others. This is what causes their words to really stick with you. I pray that these books are just as sanctifying for you as they have been for me. Read well! Read often!