September 22, 2023

The 2008 Puritan Reading Challenge

This came from: I like this challenge and after Genevieve’s wedding (Feb 16) intend to take up this challenge. Maybe I will make it March 2008 to February 2009 because of my late start. Blessings Barbara

The 2008 Puritan Reading Challenge

Timmy Brister is hosting the 2008 Puritan Reading Challenge. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the Puritans. He has arranged an excellent deal with Reformation Heritage Books on the twelve books he’ll be covering this year, and he will be posting discussions on each as he goes. To top this all off, there will also be a lot of extra stuff going on such as giveaways, extra information, and interviews.
Here is what Tim says about how the 2008 Puritan Reading Challenge was born.

Towards the close of 2007, I began thinking of a way I could challenge myself to grow spiritually through a reading regiment and schedule. While riding home from work one morning, I came up with the idea of reading one Puritan Paperback a month, along with incorporating the Valley of Vision in my devotional meditations and prayers. I shared my personal challenge publicly, not thinking much about it.

To my surprise, this Puritan reading challenge has resonated with more people than I could have ever imagined. Due to the high level of interest and encouragement from many people wanting to take on this reading challenge together, I have worked to make this Puritan reading project the best it could be.
by: Tim Brister

My husband and I have decided to join up in the 2008 Puritan Reading Challenge and I encourage you to consider doing so. We are starting a little late as we just purchased our books today and must wait for them to arrive. My hubby already has the Valley of Vision book mentioned above but I had to have him order a second one for me. He loves it so much I rarely can get my hand on his copy! So we will be using the Valley of Vision book along side the reading challenge as well as our daily Bible reads. I am doing a chronological read through the Bible this year.
Here is the list of books and the timeline for the Puritan Reading Challenge.
January: The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes (128 pp)
February: The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel (221 pp)
March: The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson (252 pp)
April: Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks (253 pp)
May: Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ by John Bunyan (225 pp)
June: The Mortification of Sin by John Owen (130 pp)
July: A Lifting Up for the Downcast by William Bridge (287 pp)
August: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (228 pp)
September: The True Bounds of Christian Freedom by Samuel Bolton (224 pp)
October: The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie (207 pp)
November: The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter (256 pp)
December: A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine (148 pp)
Click on the button to learn about all of the details and to order your books if interested!

Barbara again:

I will be looking to see where we can get the best prices in New Zealand for these books. Maybe Erena or Geneva Discount Books or Christian Education Services sell some of these.


  1. Barbara,

    Since they are all Puritan Paperbacks, you should be able to find all together (hopefully). But if you are unable to find some of them, I’ve found all but one (only a partial of it so far) full text online. (And I have until Sept. to keep looking for the one.) Links are on my webpage.

    I just found your blog, but in reading through your links, I gotta love it. 🙂

  2. Thanks Lisa for letting us know about this. This is a great way for us to get the books at this late stage. If you find the last one be sure to let us know. Thanks, Blessings Barbara