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Books I Recommend: The Puritans

One of my ongoing reading projects involves reading the best of the Puritans. While I have not reviewed each of these books, I have read them and, in most cases, read them in community as part of a project I call “Reading Classics Together.” Here are some recommendations if you are just getting started with the Puritans.

Begin With…

Here are a few titles that are a little bit on the simpler side:

  • Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks – Brooks shows how Satan opposes Christians and non-Christians.
  • The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs – Contentment is rare but precious; Burroughs describes how the Christian can achieve it.
  • The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes – Here is hope for the suffering.

Advance To…

Once you have become accustomed to Puritan writing you may want to try some more difficult works:

  • Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen – Owen shows you how to do battle with sin.
  • The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards – This is a brilliant work that calls you to love the Lord with your affections.


  • A Puritan Theology by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones – This is a massive but very readable work that provides a systematic theology through Puritan writing. The final eight chapters challenge us with how we should be more like the Puritans.
  • Meet the Puritans by Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson – This book introduces you to the most important Puritan authors and offers brief descriptions of their works.
  • Puritan Portraits by J.I. Packer – Packer provides short biographies of several Puritan authors.