As I’m often asked for book recommendations on various subjects, I decided to put together an online list of my top ten books in various categories. Basically, if I was only allowed 10 books in my library on that subject, these are the ten I would choose. Previous posts include:
- Top 10 Books on Christ in the Old Testament
- Top 10 Books on Preaching
- Top 10 Books on Depression
- Top 10 Biographies of Christian Men
- Top 10 Biographies of Christian Women
- Top 10 Books on Fighting Porn
- Top 10 Books for Moms
- Top 10 Books for Graduates
- Top 10 Books on Leadership
- Top 10 Books on Christian Leadership
- Top 10 Books for Dads
- Top 10 Books on Using Technology
- Top 10 Modern Books on the Doctrine of Sin
- Top 10 Books on Christians And Work
- Top 10 Books for Elders
Now, I can’t say that I’ve ever been asked for my “Top 10 Books on Sin” (not exactly a list of bestsellers), but as we’ve been looking at the subject of sin the last few days I thought I’d highlight the books that I and others have found most helpful. We’ll start today with the Top 10 Puritan Books on Sin and next week I’ll post Top 10 Modern Books on Sin.
If you know of other good Puritan books on this topic in general or dealing with specific sins, please leave your suggestion in the comments and I’ll add them under “Reader Suggestions.”
1. Overcoming Sin and Temptation: Three Classic Works by John Owen
Overcoming Sin and Temptation includes three of Owen’s classic works: “Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers,” “Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It,” and “Indwelling Sin.” The editors have updated the language and added other features to make Owen’s writing much more accessible.
2. The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lundgaard
This book is also based upon two of Owen’s classic books on sin, but Lundgraard offers lots of his own insight, encouragement, and counsel too. To give you an idea of the level it’s pitched at our church youth group went through this book last Spring.
3. Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks
A balanced look at spiritual warfare. A deeply spiritual book that is especially good for those in the heat of the battle.
4. The Evil of Evils: The Exceeding Sinfulness of Sin (Puritan Writings) by Jeremiah Burroughs
The Evil of Evils contains sixty-seven short chapters that will sensitize your conscience and make you want to choose affliction rather than sin. Difficult to find a copy of this today but you can download a pdf here.
5. Keeping the Heart: How to maintain your love for God by John Flavel
A timeless book on maintaining union and fellowship with God as the ultimate bulwark against sin.
6. The Mischief of Sin by Thomas Watson
Watson: “My design in this small treatise is to give check to sinners and sound a pious retreat in their ears, to make them return from hot pursuit of their impieties.”
7. Sinfulness of Sin by Ralph Venning
First published in the aftermath of the Great Plague of London and entitled Sin, The Plague of Plagues, this book gives a crystal-clear explanation of what sin is, why it is so serious, and what we need to do about it. Here is reliable medicine for a fatal epidemic.
8. Sin The Greatest Evil by Samuel Bolton
Three titles in this book, each of them looking at how a sinner is converted. (1) Sin: The Greatest Evil, (2) The Conversion of a Sinner, (3) The One Thing Necessary.
9. The Jerusalem Sinner Saved; or, Good News for the Vilest of Men by John Bunyan
A hope-filled book for sinners as the title says, “Good News for the Vilest of Men.”
10. The Anatomy of Secret Sins by Obadiah Sedgwick
Any other Puritan works you’d recommend on this subject? Leave a note in the comments and I’ll add them here.
Instructions About Heart-work, and a Companion for Prayer by Richard Alleine
A Treatise on Satan’s Temptations by Richard Gilpin.