Beginning A Puritan Book Collection

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Ardent bible students, the Puritans lived by pure scripture, dedicating their breathing moments to Divine devotion. Since life is but a short wick for us all, perhaps we can hearken to their methods. 

To begin as such, you might select Jonathan Edwards, Arthur W. Pink, John MacDuff, Richard Baxter, Charles H. Spurgeon. Reprints may be ordered, while splendid second-hand books can be searched for with eager anticipation. A parcel of these priceless pearls in the post is a golden treat. Treasured devotionals have been the joy of many, especially in a needful time when the heart surges. Morning and Evening readings by several authors come in perfect sizes for their duty. Examples of this type of reading are Spurgeon's "Flowers from a Puritan Garden" and "The Valley of Vision" by Arthur Bennett. Palm-sized psalms should be ever ready to uplift a searching soul.

There are also some fine, upbraiding sermons from Scottish preachers. Copies of these may be had for the desire. Portion reading, when a book is not convenient, consists of booklets or folded papers to be kept in the pocket.

If you find great refreshment in Puritan authors, you most certainly will be earnestly desiring a set of books, beautifully and durably bound. I put forth the most practical Thomas Manton and the constant candle, John Calvin. Once engaged in such practical Christian study, you will, as David did, yearn for a fountain.

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