On the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival in the new world of the Mayflower
, Dustin Benge
and Nate Pickowicz have written a lively and accessible account of America’s earliest English immigrants. Their new book, The American Puritans
(Reformation Heritage Books, 2020) presents nine mini-biographies that outline key events in the lives of individuals including Anne Bradstreet, John Eliot, John Cotton and Cotton Mather. Drawing on the rich body of scholarly work that has been developed to describe these contexts, The American Puritans
offers a sympathetic account of these hotter sort of protestants and the enduring significance of their errand into the wilderness.
Crawford Gribben is a professor of history at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests focus on the history of puritanism and evangelicalism, and he is the author most recently of An introduction to John Owen (Crossway, 2020).