Book Recommendation…for the pastor’s encouragement
If you really want to learn about a topic, you want to learn from the best. Arguably, Michael Haykin is the best when it comes to understanding the Puritans and Reformers and what we as Pastors can most benefit from them. Haykin’s most recent contribution is this book, The Reformers and Puritans as Spiritual Mentors. Here is the book description that captures well the wealth of wisdom and encouragement that comes from this book:
Historian Michael Haykin examines the lives of such Reformers as William Tyndale, Thomas Cranmer and John Calvin to see how their display of the light of the gospel in their day provides us with a “usable past”-models of Christian conviction and living who can speak into our lives today. Born in a time of spiritual darkness, they model what reformation involves for church and culture: a deep commitment to God’s Word as the vehicle of renewal, a willingness to die for the gospel and a rock-solid commitment to the triune God. As a reminder that at the heart of the Reformation was a confessional Christianity, an essay on two Reformation confessions is also included. The Puritan figures who are studied are Richard Greenham, Oliver Cromwell, John Owen, Richard Baxter and his wife Margaret, and John Bunyan. In addition, a study of the translation of the King James Bible (KJB) reminds us that the Puritans, like the Reformers, were Word-saturated men and women-may we be as well.
I cannot commend Michael Haykin and his full body of work more. If you are unfamiliar with him, start here with this book
. Here it is
at a great price.
Also, listen to this audio interview
from Dr. Haykin about this idea about the Puritans and Reformers as spiritual mentors. Pastors, if you are longing for a mentor and can’t find one near you, here is a great place to start while you wait.