Getting the Most Out of The Puritans

Andrew and Carolyn, who are two of the several hundred readers taking up the Puritan Reading Challenge, recently wrote of the joys and challenges that come from reading the Puritans. Their most recent post was a very enjoyable read, and I thought I’d provide an excerpt. Here’s what they said regarding getting the most out of the Puritans:

I am enjoying food for my soul unlike anything else I have ever read. I am literally finding that my heart is soaring with some of the truths outlined, and then is promptly being broken by my own sense of sin and smallness. These were men who knew their God, and knew God’s people; men who brought God’s Word home with force, conviction, clarity, and gravity. As such sitting with a highlighter and marking out sections which might be good for a blog series feels a little like fumbling in my rucksack for a camera, while the sun sinks behind a hill. My decision is to enjoy the view, and let God speak to me in the way He wants through these works, without marring the majesty of what I am learning by constantly being concerned about passing it on. My thoughts on these works are at best a monochrome study in the multicoloured glory of God’s grace anyway.

Reading your comments at the end of each month and checking out the blogposts from those of you in the blogosphere has been immensely encouraging for me. PRC has put a lot of demands on me personally, but the joy I get from seeing how this is benefiting folks is worth all the effort.

As The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson is now getting in full swing, I look forward to learning together and growing together in the pursuit of godliness.

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One Comment on “Getting the Most Out of The Puritans”

  1. Karin Barry Says:

    I totally agree with what Andrew and Carolyn say. I might change “food for my soul” to “banquet for my soul”, though.

    I find that I have a newfound hunger to saturate my mind with more writings of such God-fearing men. I have added The Valley of Vision to the devotionals I am reading. I wish Bennett had credited the writings with the writer, though.

    These men really had a passion for God and given the depth of their writings, they spent much time poring over His Word. We have been blessed that they were such prolific writers. Although these writings were done centuries ago, they hold timeless truths.

    I also got a copy of Meet the Puritans and all I can say is “wow”. It could have been easily called “The Puritan Encyclopedia”. This book is a treasure in itself. Definitely a good reference book to have.

    Thanks again, Timmy, for giving us this challenge!


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