"I agree with J.I. Packer that we would do well to recover the Puritan pastoral ideal, and I recommend the book "Puritan Portraits" as both a primer for those who are unfamiliar with the Puritans, and a guidebook to Pastoral Theology for those already acquainted with them."
"Puritan Portraits will take many Christians who know little or nothing of these men or this wonderful era of history and tempt them to go and read more."
"I found this book great at whetting my appetite to read more of the Puritans."
"It seems then that this book has served its intended purpose well because it has inspired me to read a little more from the pens of the Puritans."
"These portraits really are worth reading. And then they'll make you want to read the classics they introduce."
"In the opinion of this reviewer, this book is a treasure. The humor of the 86 year-old theologian comes through as he paints nine wonderful portraits of key Puritan figures. Furthermore, I believe this work is an important corrector to those critics of the Puritan era."
"If we aren’t familiar with those who’ve come before us, we can’t learn from their example... Puritan Portraits is a good starting point to understanding this and will hopefully be a valuable resource leading to greater study."
"If you’ve been curious about Puritan writings but too intimidated to read them, this book would be a good introduction."
"The Puritans felt that reading should encourage our spiritual growth. I believe Packer's work in this book does just that. After reading Puritan Portraits, I have resolved to read more from the Puritans and more from Packer as well."
"If you’re tired of living in a Christianity that is only an inch thick, J. I. Packer’s admonition is for you. Read the Puritans..."
"Worthwhile reading? Without a doubt, particularly for those who’ve not yet been introduced to the Puritans, or who are simply hungry for something more substantial and serious than most of what’s out there."
"I highly recommend this book. If you have never read the Puritans, grab a copy of this book and a copy of any of the works that are summarized and get ready for a treat."
"Reading “Puritan Portraits” made me want to read more Puritan works this year, and their works will definitely be part of my reading diet. It also made me realise that the preachers who have been most influential in my spiritual life have all been readers of the Puritans."
"If you want an introduction or a guide to the Puritans – their theology, lives and relevance – you would be hard pressed to find a better qualified or more able guide than Jim Packer and he demonstrates that yet again in this collection."
"informative and interesting... It was enough to whet my appetite to want to read more about [the Puritans]."
"Packer is at his best when he is talking up the Puritans."
"If the word ‘Puritan’ for you has become synonymous with Christian Pharisaism, then I encourage you to pick up this book and get a fresh understanding of what the Puritans were about, how ‘pastoral’ they in fact were, and how serious each of them approached their relationship with a living Savior."
"If you are new to the Puritans and want to learn more, I would encourage you to start here. J. I. Packer and the Puritans, how can you go wrong!"
"If you haven't read anything by the Puritans, I would recommend starting here. Packer will give you a taste of what you can expect. And if you're then interested in reading the Puritans I would recommend reading the books these portraits go along with..."
About the Book:
Here one of the leading authorities on the Puritans, J. I. Packer introduces us to their rich theology and deep spirituality. Packer gives us profiles of John Flavel, Thomas Boston, John Bunyan, Matthew Henry, Henry Scougal, John Owen and Stephen Charnock and two closer portraits of William Perkins and Richard Baxter. The writings of the Puritans continue to profoundly reward readers and here J. I. Packer brings them alive in an inspiring way to encourage a new generation to experience their delights.
Jim Packer is named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals alive. He is the Board of Governor’s Professor of Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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