One of the best ways for a pastor to learn how to care for souls is to read pastors of old who were true physicians of the soul. The 17th century puritan, John Flavel, was certainly described by those who knew him as such a pastor. One of my fellow pastors at Auburndale Baptist Church, Adam Embry, has poured himself into the life and pastoral ministry of John Flavel to a level few have, which is why he is recognized as a rare modern scholar on this puritan and has served us well with his first published work on Flavel, Keeper of the Great Seal of Heaven.
In this excellent work, Adam focuses on Flavel’s sermons and writings that deal with the work of the Holy Spirit in Flavel’s life and pastoral ministry. Even though Adam did his TH.M theses on Flavel, his aim to study this puritan was to sit at the feet of this man so to become a better, more faithful pastor. This book does not read with the ridge tone of a scholar, but with the warmth of a pastor who personally benefited greatly from the ministry of this faithful pastor he studied. I recommend this book to pastors and those who enjoy reading the theological works of the puritans. Here is where you can find the book: