5 Stars Out Of 5
An Excellent Account of John Owen's Life
March 20, 2012
"John Owen, Prince of Puritans" is a short biography of the life of John Owen with particular focus on his writings and professional life. The biography does not discuss his personal life (i.e. family) except to mention that he was married twice (he was a widower) and had 11 children, 10 of which died rather young.
The book was written by Andrew Thomson (1814-1901) in the last century and has been reprinted by Christian Focus as part of the History Makers series. The original included references to events occurring in the 19th century that may be obscure to modern readers, which were removed in the current printing. The reprinted edition also includes minor editorial changes.
The book is a great read and provides an adequate summary of John Owen's life and the major milestones that affected him and his writings. The book also discusses several of his contemporaries and the political, social, and theological factions and movements that were taking place in England and to a lesser extent New England during the mid 1600's. The book copiously quotes John Owen's writings and those of others who knew him or commented on his works. In general, the author provides a neutral assessment of John Owen, documenting his strengths and weaknesses and his failures as well as his successes. The book includes appendices with copies of a few of John Owen's letters and a list of his works by the year each was published.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it to be informative. This was my first encounter with John Owen or any of his writings and I am now interested in digging a little deeper and have already begun looking for several of Mr. Owen's books. I would gladly recommend this book.
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