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Pastor Rob Ventura Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
The Puritan Hard Drive (PHD) is the single largest one-time digital publishing event of Puritan, Reformation, Reformed Baptist, Reformed and Biblical Presbyterian and Covenanter resources ever produced. Combine all of this with the very useful PHD software and there are many reasons to rejoice for such an unprecedented Puritan and Reformed Bible study tool.
As a Reformed Baptist pastor, it is also interesting to note, that the Puritan Hard Drive contains 2,208 Reformed Baptist books, MP3s and videos. Spurgeon, Bunyan, Pink, Fuller, Gill, Griswold, Pollard, Bennett, along with many others can be found here. The PHD also contains a very large number of for Reformed Presbyterian resources (books, MP3s, videos) and Reformed commentaries, including a number of very rare and valuable commentaries and commentary sets that most people are not likely to have access to outside the PHD. All of these resources are easy to access by just clicking on the "Select Category from List" button on the main search screen.
Additionally, the affordable price for both the downloadable and USB Puritan Hard Drive versions (Windows and Mac), makes this a must have Reformed resource for all of God's people. Moreover, Still Water Revival Books' (SWRB, who are the creators of this program) also allows every family member in the same house to legally use the Puritan Hard Drive on all their devices. Thus, whole families can be blessed together, growing in holiness by drinking deeply from the wells of truth set forth by the best Christian teachers throughout history.
Imagine having access to over 12,500 Puritan and Reformed resources right at your fingertips. Imagine being able to instantly search out what the Puritans have said concerning various Bible topics with the click of a button. Imagine the time you would save studying the Bible, preparing sermons and Bible studies, doing writing projects. Imagine the depth of knowledge and insight one would gain from those great giants in the faith who have gone before us. The Puritan Hard Drive offers all this, and much more.
For example, though there are many ways to slice and dice the information, the Puritan Hard Drive contains (using the easy-to-use and powerful proprietary software) a Master Full Text Search feature which is particularly useful. Using this search you can quickly locate every word, phrase, or Bible verse (or verses), across all the searchable text on the PHD. This kind of research power has never before been available to Christians, especially as it pertains to such a large group of the best Puritan and Reformed resources from throughout history right up to our day, including many rare Puritan and Reformed classics that are unavailable elsewhere or that would cost large sums of money to obtain. With the click of a button, a massive number of search results come to you alphabetically by title (with the author included) so you can quickly scan down the list of titles and authors to find what you want. When you want to explore deeper into a book you simply click the icon to the left of the title and you will see all your search terms, with each search term in the context of one line in that book. This helps you to quickly determine if the results in a given book provide the exact information you are seeking. This feature also allows you to cover a vast amount of material in a short amount time. When you find precisely what you are looking for, just click on that particular line and you are instantly taken to the right book, already opened to the right page, and your search result is highlighted so you can see it on the page immediately.
Depending on what you are searching for, results can come in the hundreds to hundreds of thousands. In fact, you can accomplish thousands of hours of research in moments with the Puritan Hard Drive. This not only gets you to the precise truth you are seeking, but it also does it faster than ever before possible. What's more, most of this kind of research would be humanly impossible outside the Puritan Hard Drive, as the PHD can dig deeper and faster than thousands of people, and can complete these searches in a small amount of time. For instance, as noted on Still Waters Revival Books' Web page, a search for the word "prayer" brings up 97,170 search results in 1,378 documents. Being able to search so quickly and accurately, through many of the best Christian resources from throughout history, allows for the most extensive and deepest research ever available on any topic you want.
Also, the Manual for the Master Full Text Search feature on the PHD, which is entitled "How to Find Specific Words and Phrases in Searchable Books.pdf", contains a number of screen shots that are easy-to-follow and it will help you use this wonderful feature to its full potential. When you see what the Master Full Text Search feature does, I think you will be very pleased that such great research capabilities have been placed in your hands.
Of course, the Master Full Text Search is just scratching the surface concerning what the Puritan Hard Drive can do. You can even add your own notes to every resource and the Puritan Hard Drive will save them for you, then you can use a special search to find specific notes you made or you can search for your own notes mixing and matching many other search criteria. Also, many search features can be mixed and matched to produce whatever level of detail you want. From the beginner, to the power user, the PHD provides you with broad or exact results and everything in between, as you have total control over the complete research process with pinpoint accuracy.
Furthermore, included is a very helpful PDF manual that can walk you through each feature. This manual is filled with clearly written instructions and screenshots showing you exactly where to move your mouse to make the best use of all the features on the PHD. Even better than that, SWRB provides tutorial videos at PuritanDownloads.com that show and tell you exactly how to get the most out of your Puritan Hard Drive. For these tutorial videos just click on the link "ALL PURITAN HARD DRIVE VIDEOS" (without the quotation marks) in the left column at PuritanDownloads.com. The first two videos on this page are overviews of the Puritan Hard Drive and all the videos that follow are tutorial videos. All these videos are YouTube videos so it is easy to pause and rewind each video as you learn. You can even run the videos with the Puritan Hard Drive opened, listen to a point where the video shows you how to do something, pause the video, do the action stated on the PHD, and repeat, until, you master all the features at your command. The PHD was designed to allow you to mix and match the capabilities of many of the study tools it contains, to obtain the best research results possible, and following these videos is the best (and fastest) way to make optimal use of the PHD.
Concerning the creating of the PHD, Dr. Reg Barrow (the president of SWRB) mentioned to me that he saw the Lord answer many prayers, over the 26 years it took to produce the product. Knowing that the Lord so closely watched over all aspects of the development of this product has given the brothers at SWRB an earnest desire to share the treasures of our Lord's truth found on the PHD. This is why SWRB has implemented a monthly payment plan for those who cannot afford the PHD in one payment. Just contact them, using the contact information at PuritanDownloads.com and let them know your situation and they will do their best to help you obtain this resource at a price you can afford.
A host of others have also endorsed the Puritan Hard Drive. Among them are Paul Washer, Dr. Joel Beeke, Dr. Voddie Baucham, Richard Bennett, Paul Barnes, Greg Price, Dr. Matthew McMahon, Jim Dodson, Dr. Steven Dilday, Brian Schwertley, and John Hendryx (Monergism.com). If you would like to see more reviews about the Puritan Hard Drive, including reviews by everyone mentioned above, just click on the link "Puritan Hard Drive Reviews" (without the quotation marks) near the top of the left column at PuritanDownloads.com.
In sum, the Puritan Hard Drive is an amazing resource; I wish I had known about it sooner. I strongly commend it to you for your own spiritual growth and as a blessing for your entire family. To me, it is one of the best Christian study tools available on the market today.
- Rob Ventura, Pastor, Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence, Rhode Island, Co-Author of A Portrait of Paul and Spiritual Warfare and a contributor to the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible
Jason Spanogle (from Ligonier Ministries) Asks Pastor Rob Ventura What He Thinks About the Puritan Hard Drive
Jason Spanogle: My name is Jason Spanogle of Ligonier Ministries. We're here with Steve Lawson for a conference, and Rob, Pastor Rob Ventura had mentioned the Puritan Hard Drive. Tell us a little more about that, Rob.
Rob Ventura: Yeah, thanks Jason. So, again we are here at the One Passion Ministry with Dr. Steve Lawson in connection with Jason and the brethren at Ligonier Ministry. And I did mention to the men that they could get a discount at this particular conference for the PHD or Puritan Hard Drive. I received a copy of it a few weeks ago. I've been using it. And it's really outstanding, I think, for pastors and preachers, even just a lay person in the pew, if you want to know what the Puritans said about various topics. Absolutely outstanding. So, highly recommended. Really a great tool. I'm thankful for Still Waters Revival Books, that organization, putting it together. So thanks for asking, brother.
Jason Spanogle: You're welcome.
SCOTT BROWN'S AMAZING 54 SECOND VIDEO REVIEW OF THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE (Pastor Scott Brown is the Director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, NCFIC)
- Pastor Scott Brown (M.Div.), Hope Baptist Church (NC, USA), Director of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC), Author (Family Reformation: The Legacy of Sola Scriptura in John Calvin's Geneva, A Weed in The Church: How A Culture of Age Segregation is Harming the Younger Generation, Fragmenting the Family and Dividing the Church, etc.), Conference Speaker (who speaks at conferences alongside other Reformed ministers like Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dr. Joel Beeke, Pastor Paul Washer, Pastor Jeff Pollard (Chapel Library), et al.
John Hendryx Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
The customized, searchable research software the Puritan Hard Drive contains has been developed by one of the world's top software architects.
The customized, searchable research software the Puritan Hard Drive contains has been developed by one of the world's top software architects.
Dr. Joel R. Beeke Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
The Puritan Hard Drive is a massive collection of primary Puritan resources, dozens of which are very hard to find anywhere else in the world.
Any lover of Puritan literature, which, more than any other body of literature ever written, powerfully expands our minds, convicts our consciences, allures our hearts, and moves our hands, will find a treasure trove here.
- Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary https://puritanseminary.org/, Author of many important Reformed books (including the must read, Meet the Puritans: With A Guide to Modern Reprints, https://www.heritagebooks.org/products/Meet-the-Puritans.html), Editorial Director at Reformation Heritage Books, Editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth magazine and Pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Dr. Matthew McMahon Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Dr. Matthew McMahon, A Puritan's Mind
In the history of the church's sanctification I don't believe there has been a more valuable extra-biblical resource and tool than the Puritan Hard Drive.
It holds some of the most priceless Reformed works of God-centered and Christ-glorifying truth that were ever penned.
Most students, ministers and scholars of the Bible would never personally acquire even half the literal number of books on the Puritan Hard Drive, much less the extreme caliber of its contents.
In God's providence modern day Christians have been chosen to be the recipients of both a theological and practical blessing. May we not squander it.
- Matthew McMahon, Ph.D. A Puritan's Mind https://www.apuritansmind.com/
Dr. Voddie Baucham Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr., Grace Family Baptist Church
I want you to know that I have enjoyed my Puritan Hard Drive immensely.
I simply could not have imagined such a resource before getting my hands on it!
To have that much information from a consistent, biblical, orthodox, and gospel-centered point of view is simply astonishing.
Anyone who admires the Puritans simply must have the Puritan Hard Drive.
From Pastors to Ph.D. candidates, there is simply nothing else out there that puts so much at your fingertips.
What an amazing tool for pastors... thank you for your work.
Soli Deo Gloria!
A LATER COMMENT:
I actually need to buy another Puritan Hard Drive! I was in Zambia showing it to Conrad Mbewe (the Spurgeon of Africa) and he absolutely fell in love with it. I simply had to leave it there.
It is a valuable tool, and I meant everything I said about it. All of our guys love it. We'll probably start buying them for our interns and leadership/elder training students as well.
Soli Deo Gloria!
- Dr. Voddie Baucham, Reformed Baptist Pastor (Grace Family Baptist Church, Spring, TX, Voddie Baucham Ministries, etc.), Author, Conference Speaker, Seminary Professor, Church Planter, etc. https://www.sermonaudio.com/go/38367
Richard Bennett Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Richard Bennett, Berean Beacon
The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord!
The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given to us in a single source on the Puritan Hard Drive. Right here at your fingertips are the works of such men as John Wycliffe, John Huss, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, John Bunyan, John Owen, Matthew Poole, George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, J. C. Ryle, and on and on until you reach the great Biblical scholars of the present century.
More than standing on the shoulders of these illustrious men, you have their thoughts in written and audio format. In our own times, we have their writings to read, their videos to see, and their messages to hear, on the Puritan Hard Drive.
Let the words of the Psalmist be our heart's cry, "Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart."
May we deeply profit from the Lord's heritage given to us on the Puritan Hard Drive, "to the praise of the glory of his grace."
- Richard Bennett (Former Roman Catholic Priest, Now A Banner of Truth Author, Protestant Conference Speaker, Preacher of God's Sovereign Grace, etc.), Berean Beacon
Pastor W.J. Mencarow Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Pastor W.J. Mencarow
(Reformation Church, Boerne, Texas - San Antonio area)
The Puritan Hard Drive is the must have digital learning device for Puritan and Reformed studies.
Nothing like it has ever been available before!
If necessary, sell what you have (that does not draw you closer to God) to get the Puritan Hard Drive, and prayerfully use it until you become, by the Lord's sovereign and sanctifying grace, the most extraordinary Christian you can be (for His glory!).
- Pastor W.J. Mencarow (Reformation Church, Boerne, Texas - San Antonio area, https://worldunderchrist.wordpress.com/ and on Sermonaudio at https://www.sermonaudio.com/reformation), Author, Editor of The Paper Source Journal, and has been interviewed on numerous radio and TV programs including "Good Morning America," most networks and in major U.S. newspapers and magazines, etc.
Terence Ellard Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Pastor Scott Brown Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Pastor Scott Brown, Hope Baptist Church
Still Waters Revival Books has performed an astonishing feat in pulling together a massive collection of books and other resources.
Let me tell you how absolutely fantastic the Puritan Hard Drive really is.
This is a treasure trove for a local church pastor.
The search ability is beyond my expectation.
I was just on the island of Iona where Columba established a missionary outpost sending evangelists all over Britain. Searching the hard drive for "Columba" added much to my understanding of this great leader through the eyes of Spurgeon and many others.
Thank you so much... for going to the trouble to make this available.
I am greatly improved by it and I anticipate the pace of worldwide reformation to be improved as well.
I blogged about it here: https://www.ncfic.org/weblogmodule/view/id/805/src/@random493e73d2154bd/
Below is the blog post from the link above:
On my way across the ocean to study the reformation with Doug Phillips, I did not have a suitcase of books as I usually do. I was lamenting that fact at the airline ticket counter and my daughter Claudia said to me, "Papa, close your eyes and step into the new world." Well, let me confess: on my computer I have approximately 13,000 puritan and reformed books which I have acquired through my son downloading ebooks and a gigantic collection put together by Reg Barrow from Still Waters Revival Books. I am now like Abdul Kassem Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia who, in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. The 117,000 volumes were carried by 400 camels which were trained to walk in alphabetical order.
- Pastor Scott Brown (M.Div.), Hope Baptist Church (NC, USA, https://www.hopebaptistchurch.info), Director of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC, https://www.ncfic.org/), and Conference Speaker (who speaks at conferences alongside other Reformed ministers like Joel Beeke, Paul Washer, Doug Phillips, Jeff Pollard, et al. https://www.ncfic.org/gcm-speakers)
Pastor Greg L. Price Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Pastor Greg L. Price
I was one of those who had profited much from using the plethora of out-of-print Reformation materials offered by Still Waters Revival Books in the 62 CDs (Puritan CDs and Reformation CDs) for a number of years in my ministry -- works that I could only have found in select libraries (usually hundreds of miles away from my residence).
With the CDs, it took a little while to go to the index of each set, locate the documents I needed, and then find the correct CD. Of course, the time was always well spent in finding that particular document that I needed.
However, now that I have the Puritan Hard Drive, I am able to use my time much more efficiently in finding that particular document I need by quickly searching for it and finding it in a matter of seconds. It's like going from "dial up" to "high-speed" Internet!
And for all of those documents that have a font that are in block letters, I am able to simply cut and paste from the Puritan Hard Drive to my own document with ease.
Amazing surprises do come in small packages!
If you want to understand Reformed theology (i.e., the whole counsel of God) the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive.
May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world (Isaiah 2:2-4)!
- Pastor Greg L. Price (Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.) Free online books, MP3s and videos by Greg Price at https://www.swrb.com/newslett/freebook/gprice.htm
Pastor Jerry Johnson Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Pastor Jerry Johnson
(President of Nicene Council, Seminary Professor, Author, Video Producer, etc.)
If you search the Internet for Reformed and Puritan works you will inevitably see a banner for a product called the Puritan Hard Drive. I often thought, "why would I want to purchase a hard drive when so much of the information (probably) contained on it could be easily found with a free search on the Internet?" Was I ever wrong!
The Puritan Hard Drive is the best resource money can buy.
It is easy, simple to use and the search feature cut down my time searching web pages that had absolutely nothing to do with the query I typed into the search engine. Not to mention a lot of the material is not accessible on the Internet.
To have so many books and articles at my fingers-tips is both truly amazing and a blessing. The Puritan Hard Drive just added thousands of volumes that I never could afford, nor store, to my library.
If you, like me, love the Puritans and Reformed theology, then the Puritan Hard Drive is simply a resource that you cannot live without."
- Jerry Johnson (President of Nicene Council, Seminary Professor, Author, Video Producer, etc.) https://www.NiceneCouncil.com
Joaquin Fernandez Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
"As a documentary film maker I often have to do extensive research.
The Puritan Hard Drive is just a massive resource for anyone needing to do their homework on a project that involves theology, church history, and/or sound doctrine.
It's truly a technological marvel and we are blessed to have access to such a rich heritage of excellent material.
And the drive fits in my pocket!
It is an invaluable resource."
- Joaquin Fernandez, Film Producer, IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America (https://indoctrinationmovie.com/), which won the Jubilee Award as the Best Documentary at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Additionally, IndoctriNation was the runner up to Courageous, which took top honors in the overall Best of Festival category for 2011.
Justin Rawson Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
The Puritan Hard Drive is an exquisite piece of work.
The purchaser of this fine product will have at his fingertips more of the best Reformed literature than he can probably ever get around to reading.
Truly, if a Christian wants to invest wisely in his own growth, this is the best investment he can make at this time.
More than highly recommended!
- Justin Rawson, Gospel Covenant Publications https://www.gcpublications.com
Pastor David Petrie Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
"I love books. When I pull Owen or Watson off the shelf, or drink deeply of Baxter while I sit by the fire, I am spoon-fed doctrines made all the more sweet by the passing centuries.
In much the same way that we stand on the shoulders of the Puritans and reap from their study, we also reap from all SWRB's work.
The folks at Still Water Revival Books have carefully assembled the most comprehensive collection of Puritan works I have ever seen.
The Puritan Hard Drive is a gold mine of all things Puritan.
This is a must have -- I am simply astonished with the sheer volume on this device! It would take me a lifetime to assemble such a library! Not to mention the audio/video collection; few people could afford all of these books -- or to add on that second library to keep them.
Thank you again for this amazing product!
The more hands we can get this collection in, the better!
- Pastor David Petrie, Th.M, The North American Reformed Seminary (Mentor and Administrator for TNARS, Free Seminary Level Education at https://www.tnars.net), Director of The Evangelical Reformed Council on Academics https://ercaweb.com/, Director of CORE Fellowship https://www.corefellowship.org/, etc.
Pastor David Silversides Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Pastor David Silversides
(Loughbrickland Reformed Presbyterian Church, Northern Ireland), Author, Theologian, etc. https://www.loughbrickland.org/
"The Puritan Hard Drive is an astonishing piece of work.
The scope of material is vast and the search facility is a tremendous bonus.
There is enough here to fill a lifetime of study and it is a magnificent tool for genuine research (not to make us all superficial 'experts' in historical theology without proper study!).
There are works from a huge number of Reformed worthies of the past and audio sermons up to the present.
We commend SWRB for making this wealth of material available to the people of God.
With such edifying resources at our fingertips, what excuse have we left for our spiritually supine state?"
- Pastor David Silversides (Loughbrickland Reformed Presbyterian Church, Northern Ireland), Author, Theologian, etc. https://www.loughbrickland.org/
Dr. Kenny Rhodes Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Dr. Kenny Rhodes
(PhD, DRE, Founder, President, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Scofield Graduate School and Theological Seminary, Host and Bible Teacher for the "Reason for Hope" TV program)
The Puritan Hard Drive is literally a must have resource, period!
There are plenty of resources available to today's Bible student but none contain the treasures of the Puritan Hard Drive. In order to be a well-rounded, erudite student of God's word you must, in the words of C.S. Lewis, "read old books." In no other resource can you find, in one place, the writings of the great Calvinistic scholars and in such an easy, searchable format. Student and scholar alike can benefit from the Puritan Hard Drive and to pass over such a resource would be an immeasurable loss.
In the Lord's providence He has provided such a great resource to bless His Church.
May the Lord usher in another reformation of doctrine through the possession of the Puritan Hard Drive.
- Dr. Kenny Rhodes (PhD, DRE, Founder, President, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Scofield Graduate School and Theological Seminary, Host and Bible Teacher for the "Reason for Hope" TV program)
William Warnock Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
"The Master Search Index feature, on the Puritan Hard Drive, is amazing. I am very impressed."
- William Warnock (Ireland)
Pastor Joe Haynes Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
The Puritan Hard Drive is one amazing resource.
When I was full-time at seminary, we had a superb theological library. But for access to the Puritan classics a special trip was necessary to visit the Puritan collection at Regent College on the UBC campus. If I had had this Puritan Hard Drive, no such trips would have been needed.
Never before have ordinary pastors, teachers and students had access to such a wealth of rare sermons, classic theology and commentaries.
This will blow your mind.
Pastor James Wallace and Ruth Wallace Review and Recommend the Puritan Hard Drive
D. M. Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
The Puritan Hard Drive is fantastic!
Most commercial theological software packages allow you to search 18th - 20th century public domain books or charge premium prices for materials under current copyright. But for spiritual richness and depth of insight, who can match the Reformation and Post-Reformation Puritan classics? The ones available in PDF form scattered around the Internet would take hundreds of hours to locate and download. And, for ease and speed of search, the Puritan Hard Drive is frankly ingenious.
For pennies per resource, you even provide a collection of outstanding MP3s and a handy portable hard-drive with ample available space.
What a gift to Christ's church!
I love my Puritan Hard Drive!
- D. M. (California)
Pastor Richard Gagnon Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Pastor Kevin Guillory Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Pastor Phil Gibson Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Some time ago my wife and I served as missionaries in Thailand for several years. Whilst there I discovered the doctrines of grace through reading Arthur Pink's "Sovereignty of God". I later came across https://www.swrb.com and ordered several books from them on a number of occasions, including:
Thomas Watson's "Taking Heaven by storm"
Thomas Boston's "Crook in the lot"
Thomas Goodwin on Ephesians
Thomas Manton's commentary on Jude
Richard Baxter's "Directory"
MP3 set of John Howie's Scots Worthies (Free!)
These were some of my early treasures -- my heart burned within me as I discovered truths from hundreds of years ago. Then, SWRB graciously sent me a whole set of Puritan & Reformation CDs -- what a treasure trove they were! We were quite far from any other Western missionaries and I often joked with people that all my best friends were now dead -- they died several hundred years ago! They were my counsellors, advisors and mentors in those days.
We returned to the UK a few years ago and I took over the pastorate of a church. I gently tried to communicate and teach the truths that had become so precious to me and that we had proven in our daily lives on the mission field. Some grasped it, sadly some didn't. They felt the legalistic foundations of the reasons for holiness were being taken away and, after a few years, I was dismissed as pastor.
I have now been unemployed for just over 2 years and times have been hard -- but those doctrines have been such a foundation for these times as well. The truths I learnt then and new truths and books I have read from those CDs have greatly enriched me and my family. This isn't just sermon material but foundations for the nitty gritty of life when life is tough for you and you aren't just looking at a commentary to bolster your sermon for the coming Sunday!
I just wanted to say such a big THANK YOU for the work you do at SWRB, you will never know how many lives, families and churches have been enriched because of your publications. Time after time I have gone back to my forefathers in the faith. Doctrines that weren't tapped out on laptops in a cosy office but in the midst of social upheaval, civil war, plague, suffering and imprisonment.
John Owen has inspired me just by his life -- he went through so much yet his works just ooze Jesus and sweetness for him. I'm humbled, blessed, challenged and encouraged by doctrine that magnifies God and leaves me in awe of Him. Thank you for plugging away and publishing these works.
Thanks to the very kind generosity of someone I've recently acquired my own Puritan Hard Drive -- Wow! I'm impressed! Not just by the wealth of material on it but by the ease of use. If you can use Windows file Explorer or look for something on a USB memory stick then you can use the Puritan Hard Drive; it really is that simple. The software makes looking up authors, books and subjects so simple. You can also copy the files to read on a smart phone or tablet.
To anyone thinking of buying their own Puritan Hard Drive -- I'd say "GET IT!"
The material I've read so far has literally changed my life.
Thomas Brooks' "An ark for all God's Noahs" (Vol. 2 of Brooks' Works) must be one of the best books I have ever read; I've gone back to it time and time again over these last 2 years. I don't say this glibly but this is the kind of teaching you NEED in this age. Not just a sticking plaster for your wounds but to go under the scalpel of some master surgeons who will help cut out the cancer of sin and man-centredness in your life, teaching that will ground you in the sovereignty of God and humble you with proclamations of everlasting mercy. If I only stuck to reading the material on the Puritan Hard Drive there would be enough to last me decades.
P.S. I was offered a job yesterday! Guess what I'll be doing in my lunch break -- listening to the treasury of free MP3's and digging deep into God's riches on the Puritan Hard Drive!
- Phil Gibson, South Wales, UK (Pastor, Missionary, etc.)
Michael Caughran Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Paul Blyth Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Linda Theriault Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
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Dr. Steven Dilday Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Dr. Steven Dilday
Pastor of Liberty and Grace Reformed Church in Northern Virginia
For a number of years now, I have followed, and benefited from, the work of Still Waters Revival Books, particularly the Reformation and Puritan Bookshelf CD sets... and now the Puritan Hard Drive.
The Puritan Hard Drive is a remarkable accomplishment!
The common Christian can now have a world-class Presbyterian and Reformed library at his fingertips, for only pennies per volume.
I do not think that it is an exaggeration to say that the Puritan Hard Drive presents an historic and singular opportunity.
The works on the Puritan Hard Drive have been invaluable to me in sermon preparation and in improving personal and familial piety. If these had been the only blessings attached to the reading of these documents, the expense (even if it had been much greater) would have been justified; but there is more here.
In this present time, a great many Presbyterians (particularly in North America) have forgotten and implicitly (perhaps unwittingly) rejected their Presbyterian heritage. Strangely, Westminster confessing churches have rejected the theological distinctives of the Westminster Standards.
Although the Westminster Assembly produced a beautiful statement of soteriological Calvinism, the histories clearly demonstrate that soteriology was not the principle focus, nor chief interest, of the Assembly. The Westminster Assembly was primarily concerned with uniformity in worship (in accordance with the Regulative Principle), the form of church government (Presbyterianism jus divinum), and Church-State relations (the Establishment Principle). It is a sad irony that the great and distinctive attainments of the Westminster Assembly have been ignored and rejected by so many Westminster confessing churches.
However, we may yet entertain the hope that these great attainments are rejected largely because of ignorance. The best books on these subjects have not been readily available; but (thanks be to God) they are available again on the Puritan Hard Drive.
For anyone interested in recovering our Presbyterian and Reformed past, the Puritan Hard Drive is a must.
It is my hope and prayer that the Puritan Hard Drive will be used by God to bring to light the things that were hidden, to call to remembrance the things that were forgotten.
- Dr. Steven Dilday, Pastor of Liberty and Grace Reformed Church in Northern Virginia https://www.libertyandgracereformed.org/ and https://www.sermonaudio.com/PRCNOVA, President of The Matthew Poole Project https://www.matthewpoole.net/, Professor of Hebrew and director of the Ph.D. program in Puritan History and Literature at Whitefield Theological Seminary https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=82911013359, also directs the Master of Theology degree in "Ecclesiastical Latin." Dr. Dilday is currently translating the "Synopsis" written by the Puritan Divine, Matthew Poole https://www.matthewpoole.net/aboutSynopsis.html. This project when completed will consist of approximately 82 volumes.
William Nopper IV Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
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Purchasers of the Puritan Hard Drive will find at their fingertips a truly awesome collection of writings and video, eminently convenient in the pocket sized drive.
It's my prayer (which I see already being fulfilled) that users around the world can search these documents to great benefit as they prepare sermons, write papers, study for a deeper understanding of history and theological development, and share with friends.
It makes a generous gift, too.
Check it out for yourself and you'll find, I believe, that it's one of the best Christian software libraries yet developed and its price and convenience make the Puritan Hard Drive a truly appealing resource.
- William Nopper IV
Graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Bible study lay leader.
Mel R. Everingham II Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Michael Falconer Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Thank you for the Puritan Hard Drive. I have just received it... it is an awesome blessing.
I really don't know who you people are but I am sure glad I have made your acquaintance! I first bought the 62 SWRB CDs some time ago and around that time became aware of the idea of exclusive Psalmody. Now, after a quick perusal of the PHD, I am made aware of certain teachings on birth control.
I have ignored the whole concept of birth control because it seemed to me to be a Roman Catholic idea (by the way, I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church) and since only the Roman Catholics practise no birth control I did not see any reason why I ought to adopt it.
Of course in British Christianity neither of these ideas crop up at all (i.e., exclusive Psalmody and the regulative principle of worship, nor any teaching on birth control). On the occasions when I have raised the issue of exclusive Psalmody I have been rejected. The idea is not even considered as being a valid Christian position at all and unfortunately I fear the same for the teachings on birth control. I pray I am wrong.
So again I thank you for your due diligence in producing the Puritan Hard Drive and reintroducing long lost Christian practices and teachings.
May the Lord be glorified and many brought to Him.
- Michael Falconer, England
Steve Kettler Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
On the Puritan Hard Drive
Received the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive about three days after shipment.
Have used it... on my Dell Latitude D630 laptop, and am pleased with the product.
It is wonderful -- all that a few of you have been able to do.
To the World-Class Software Architect Who Headed Up the Puritan Hard Drive Software Development (for God's Glory!)
My personal thanks to you for bringing your technical expertise to such a huge, complex, and unique publishing project. It called for exceptional dedication and self-sacrifice to add your special input, and I am sure it will be its own reward, in more ways than one.
Again, my sincere thanks to you for your selfless dedication.
Author of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal. An annotated topical bibliography of works containing biblical counsel for persons seeking lasting solutions to life's problems.)
Robert Koh Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
I received your wonderful hard drive. Praise the Lord. Thank you very much. I will be using this in the mission field in Oaxaca, Mexico. Bravo.
- Robert Koh, South Korea (Missionary in Oaxaca, Mexico)
Ken Taylor Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
"Thank you for your ministry and for your service to the body of Christ. It is amazing to see the Lord use you in keeping these amazing writings and sermons available. I am so thankful for your ministry."
- Ken Taylor (TX, USA)
Dr. David Hindle Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
I am pleased to let you know that my Puritan Hard Drive has arrived and I have been enjoying, encouraged, and being refined already by some of the Spurgeon and Puritan sermons.
I am looking forward to much, much more.
What a great way to know and be refined by our GOD, by His Word.
- Dr. David Hindle, Brisbane (Australia)
Chris Isom Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Love this (Puritan Hard Drive - ed.), it is mind blowing!
- Chris Isom (FL, USA)
Denton Elliott Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
I have been going through the resources and I am enjoying the Puritan Hard Drive.
God has truly blessed His Church with this resource!
Thank you for such a great resource!
- Denton Elliott (GA, USA)
Pastor Lawrence Underwood Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
"What a resource you have made available to the Church. I just saw the Puritan Hard Drive a friend has. I was amazed."
- Pastor Lawrence Underwood (Providence Family Fellowship - AL, USA)
Pastor R. Andrew Compton Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Of late, other responsibilities have kept me from blogging about my review copy of the Puritan Hard Drive but as the drive kept staring at me from my bookshelf, I finally carved out a few minutes to look something up and decided to do a little musing, in addition to showing yet another great use for the Puritan Hard Drive.
The impetus for this post was a search of Zacharias Ursinus’ Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism which has been OCR’d as part of the Puritan Hard Drive. I searched the volume for “covenant” and slogged through the 156 references tagged in the search. I had been wanting to look into this for some time and now the Puritan Hard Drive made my inquiry that much easier!
- Pastor R. Andrew Compton
Christ Reformed Church
The Reformed Reader https://reformedreader.wordpress.com
Pastor Brian Schwertley Reviews and Recommends the Puritan Hard Drive
Pastor Brian Schwertley
Westminster Presbyterian Church (Waupaca County, Wisconsin)
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