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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601780001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601780003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The resurgent appetite for Puritan literature has produced long book lists and heavy bookshelves. Intimidated students and busy pastors ask, Where do I start? Regular readers of the Puritans ask, Where do I go from here? The obvious answer to both questions now is, Meet the Puritans. I am confident that God will mightily use this mind-enriching, heart-warming, and soul-satisfying publication to arouse new interest in the Puritans, to stimulate demand for their books, and so to multiply among us the Christ-centered lives they so passionately promoted. --Dr. David Murray

As furnaces burn with ancient coal and not with the leaves that fall from today s trees, so my heart is kindled with the fiery substance I find in the old Scripture-steeped sermons of Puritan pastors. A warm thanks to the authors of Meet the Puritans for all the labor to make them known. --DR. JOHN PIPER, Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Puritans English, Scottish, American, and Dutch are being read again! In an era of superficial discipleship and erratic, impotent, ailing, and dying churches, this is indeed a hopeful sign. And this wide-ranging handbook of backup information about the writers themselves, their special strengths, and modern reprints of their books, is another hopeful sign. Meet the Puritans is a fascinating compendium, scholarly yet popular and accessible, that Puritan-lovers will value very highly and justly so. --DR. JAMES I. PACKER, author of Knowing God and A Quest for Godliness

About the Author

Joel R. Beeke (Ph.D. Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, and author of numerous books. Randall J. Pederson (M.T.S. Calvin Theological Seminary) is a member of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the author of several publications relating to Puritanism.

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Wonderful overview and introduction.
N. Anderson
Ebenezer Erskine, p 685 The providence of God and the sovereignty of His majesty is ably and dramatically declared on every one of these pages.
Jacques Schoeman
One thing I would like to see in future editions of this book is a more thorough list of the best place to begin in reading the Puritans.
Tim Challies

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Through the past few decades there has been a great resurgence of interest in the Puritans. This resurgence seems to have begun with Martin Lloyd-Jones who would often refer to their works in his sermons. People would then ask "Where can I get these books?" Banner of Truth began to reprint the books and soon other publishers began as well. Today there are so many available to us that few people could afford to buy or shelve even a fraction of them. This choice has led to confusion as many people, intrigued by what they have heard about the Puritans, hardly know where to begin in reading them. Into this void step Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson with their new book Meet the Puritans.

Meet the Puritans is a resource designed to guide people through the reprints of Puritan writings that have been produced since 1956. The book provides "a brief biography of each Puritan author whose works have been reprinted since 1956 and a short review of those books. We hope this will help purchasers of Puritan books, interest other readers in the Puritans, and guide those already immersed in Puritan literature to further depths of study." It is more a reference book than one you would be likely to read from cover-to-cover, though if you wanted to, you certainly could.

The format of the book is simple. After a Preface explaining how to profit from reading the Puritans, a brief word about where to begin and a brief history of English Puritanism, there comes a long list of authors. Each author has his own chapter containing a short biography and a list of his books that have been reprinted. There is a review of each book along with publishing information and the number of pages. And that is the heart of the book and continues for some 800 pages.
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A joke I used to hear to mock the Puritans says that they are the kind of people who stay awake late on Saturday nights worrying that someone somewhere might be having some fun. Surely in the age where triviality reigns and sit-coms dominate the television programs, it is easy to buy into such a misleading stereotype about them. Much justice has been done, however, to correct the numerous bad publicities of this group of people who should have earned our respect instead of scorn, of whom there is so much to learn about their head and heart theology, theoretical, experiential and practical theology and piety; through the publication of excellent texts; the most popular one to the best of my knowledge is J.I. Packers' "The Quest for Godliness," and others that seem to be on-par with Packer's book; I was thinking of Kelly Kapic's "The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics" and Leland Ryken's "Worldly Saints". But the publication of "Meet the Puritans" is most welcome still considering two unique contributions of this book that the readers do not find in Packer's book, who did a superb job in bringing to light what Puritanism is about drawing from the life and theology of Richard Baxter, John Owen and Jonathan Edwards.

First, it gives a more detailed history of Puritanism, how it was born, the account of persecution they went through, including the Presbyterians in Scotland and the Dutch Further Reformation fueled by the Synod of Dort in 1618.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Schoeman on November 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Randall Peterson and Joel Beeke excel in presenting to the modern reader the 'all-in-one' presentation of the Puritans. It goes without saying that the value of such a work is highly sought-after. The book is large and beautiful - a dust jacket enfolds the Westminster divines in sitting. The keen theological acumen and reverential awe of the Puritans is most likely never to be repeated again. We therefore, can and must be willing to learn so much from these men and women who shaped the church so fresh out of the Reformation blocks. That they were a cultural phenomenon unparalleled upholds them as true followers of the faith, of Christ Jesus, for they were not only willing to privately profess, but at large and in the public domain, did not shy away from declaring the truth of the gospel.

The biographical presentation is in alphabetical order, starting with the British divines. Then we are introduced to the Scots, and also the Netherland divines. There are too many great names, too many immeasurable sacrifices, too many theological contributions to mention - all in one book! Yet I cannot fail to mention the words of John Bunyan, ejected from his pulpit and kept in prison for 12 years for contravening the Act of Uniformity, who knew the cold and damp well at Bedford jail:

'The Almighty God being my help and shield, I am determined yet to suffer, if frail life might continue so long...even till the moss shall grow upon my eyebrows, rather than violate my faith and principles.' p 106

From an historical point-of-view it is shattering to learn how much we profess today had its origin in that stage of the church's existence. The confessional creeds of Westminster etc. all stem from that solemn age. Yet their lives and ours are worlds apart.
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