Saturday, May 10, 2008

Coming Very Soon: Puritans on Adoption by Joel Beeke

Thanks to Jay Collier, Director of Publications at Reformation Heritage Books and PhD student at Calvin Theological Seminary, for informing us about Joel R. Beeke's forthcoming book, Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption.

Those familiar with Dr Beeke's superb writings on the Puritans, such as his groundbreaking The Quest for Full Assurance and his resourceful Meet the Puritans, will not want to miss his study on this neglected but important subject.

Below is the publisher's description. Release date is 3 June 2008. You can pre-order now here.

Title: Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption

Author: Joel R. Beeke, Foreword by Dan Cruver

Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books

Cover Type: Hardback

Pages: 134


The Puritans have gotten bad press for their supposed lack of teaching on the doctrine of spiritual adoption. In Heirs with Christ, Joel R. Beeke dispels this caricature and shows that the Puritan era did more to advance the idea that every true Christian is God’s adopted child than any other age of church history. This little book lets the Puritans speak for themselves, showing how they recognized adoption’s far-reaching, transforming power and comfort for the children of God.


“Dr. Beeke is well-known for his landmark work setting the record straight on the Puritan doctrine of assurance. Now he comes to our aid again with a superb treatment of the Puritans on adoption. I welcome his expert entry into this important field, and commend his keen insights and careful analysis to all who are interested in knowing ‘what the Puritans really said’ about adoption.”

Ligon Duncan

“In this short but spiritually substantive book, Dr. Beeke—a wise and careful ‘pastor theologian’ in the best sense of both words—introduces us to the Puritans’ comforting and transforming work on spiritual adoption. More than just historically informative, this volume should be warmly welcomed by all Christians who want to learn more about this crucial aspect of our identity as sons of God and joint-heirs with Christ.”

Justin Taylor


1. Introduction: Correcting a Caricature
2. The Greatness and Comprehensiveness of Adoption
3. Adoption Compared in the Two Testaments
4. What Adoption is Not
5. The Westminster Assembly’s Definitions of Adoption
6. The Transforming Power of Adoption
7. Pastoral Advice in Promoting Adoption
8. The Marks of Adoption
9. Transformed Relationships in Adoption
10. The Privileges and Benefits of Adoption
11. The Responsibilities or Duties of Adoption
12. Motives for Pursuing the Consciousness of Adoption
13. Warning, Invitation, and Comfort

Scripture Index

What are you waiting for? Pre-order the book for a whopping $10 (now that's a bargain, and for a hardback no less!) at Reformation Heritage Books.


Bridges said...

This looks excellent! Thanks, John.


Edwin Tay said...

John, thanks for this! I met Dr Beeke today at the Scottish Reformed Conference and he is familiar with you as the one who's editing a volume with Derek Thomas.


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