Friday, January 07, 2005

Invitation to the Puritan Classics

Derek Thomas reviews Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classic. Excerpt:

Despite Leland Ryken’s valiant attempt to salvage the Puritans from dishonor (Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were [Zondervan,1986]), H. L. Mencken’s infamous quip defining Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy” still has mileage in many quarters. How refreshing, then, to find IVP publishing a thoroughly positive appraisal of the Puritans and the Puritan era. I cannot recall enjoying a book so thoroughly as this one for quite some time.