I try to read one new book a week (or at least a book that is new to me). I made this commitment a long time ago and for the most part I stay on top of it. Those who know this is my habit often ask what I'm reading that week, and I thought this would be a fun post to put up weekly.
This week I am reading JI Packer's, Puritan Portraits. It's a short book that covers nine puritan pastors and a classic written work by each. I am half way through it today and I can say this is not a dry history book. Dr. Packer helps the reader to understand the value and relevance of the puritans today in general, highlighting the unique contributions made by each man through his giftedness and emphases in ministry.
For those who want to gain a better understanding of the puritans, and why we should read them, this is a great place to start. If you find yourself already familiar with these pastors and their works, this book is still worth your time as Packer's own commentary is both helpful and stirring.
Why should you read this book? Because you should read the puritans. Why should you read the puritans? I tell people they should read the puritans because after the Apostles no group of men have written anything as theologically rich, deeply experiential, joy-inducing, and gospel-centered as the puritans.
No, the puritans were not perfect. They were not "inspired." But where they were right they are bright lights that still guide us safely.
I am loving Puritan Portraits and encourage you to add it to your reading list right away!