1. Puritan Heroes
Who were the Puritans, and why are they important?
What can we learn from them today?
The Puritan movement began in England during the sixteenth century and continued all the way into the early eighteenth century. Although the Church of England was formed as a result of the Reformation, the Puritans believed it needed much more reform. Puritan Heroes is a beautifully illustrated book that gives the reader an idea of what the Puritan movement was about and offers a glimpse into the lives of more than twenty of its most well-known leaders (among them William Perkins, Richard Sibbes, Thomas Goodwin, Anne Bradstreet, and Jonathan Edwards). The book concludes with ten important lessons readers can learn from the Puritans and study questions to help them retain these fascinating stories and assist them in applying the lessons to their lives. It also features a bibliography to encourage further study in greater depth, as well as a glossary and timeline to help readers understand historical context. Written for children and young people, it will prove a suitable introduction to the Puritans for adults as well.
Table of Contents:
1. Who Were the Puritans?
2. Richard Greenham: Puritan Pioneer
3. William Perkins: Father of Puritanism
4. William Ames: Calvinist and Congregationalist
5. Richard Sibbes: Warm Heart
6. John Cotton: New England Leader
7. Thomas Hooker: Connecticut Founder
8. Jeremiah Burroughs: Gem of Contentment
9. Thomas Goodwin: Swallowed by God’s Love
10. John Eliot: Apostle to the Indians
11. Thomas Shepard: God’s Story
12. Thomas Brooks: Soul Servant
13. Anne Bradstreet: Pilgrim Poet
14. Richard Baxter: God’s Pen
15. John Owen: God’s Navigator
16. Christopher Love: Presbyterian Martyr
17. John Bunyan: Traveler and Prisoner
18. John Flavel: Providence’s Servant
19. John Howe: Living Temple
20. Joseph Alleine: God’s Arrow
21. Matthew Henry: Bible Commentator
22. Jonathan Edwards: In the Hands of a Loving God
2. Reformation Heroes
The Reformation did not happen instantaneously; it was something God patiently arranged over a number of years. As you read this book, you will learn how the Lord used some people to plant the seeds of church reform long before October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther published his ninety-five theses. Luther's story is well-known; we trust you will find it interesting and instructive to read about him and about forty others (John Knox, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Zacharias Ursinus, Willem Teellinck, etc.) who contributed to the Reformation - some well known and others not so - most of whom are Reformation heroes.
To provide a more full picture of the many sided Reformation, chapters are also included on the Anabaptist and Counter Reformation movements. The book concludes with a brief summary of the influence of the Reformation in different areas of life.