Books

Eight Women of Faith (Crossway, 2016). Throughout history, women have been crucial to the growth and flourishing of the church. Historian Michael A. G. Haykin highlights the lives of eight of these women who changed the course of history, showing how they lived out their unique callings despite challenges and opposition—inspiring modern men and women to imitate their godly examples today. The woman in this book include: Jane Grey, Anne Steele, Margaret Baxter, Esther Edwards Burr, Anne Dutton, Ann Judson, Sarah Edwards, and Jane Austen.

Church History 101: The Highlights of Twenty Centuries (Reformation Heritage Books, 2016). Church history is important because it shows us how God's faithful dealings with His people in the Bible continue in the ongoing life and work of Christ in our world. If you have ever wished for a short book highlighting church history's most important events that will enlighten your mind and peak your interest, this is the one you've been waiting for. Three prolific church historians collaborate their efforts in Church History 101 to present you with a quick read of church history's high points. Authors include: Sinclair B. Ferguson, Joel R. Beeke, and Michael A.G. Haykin.

Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition (Reformation Heritage Books, 2016). When Jesus ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, He poured out His Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This significant historical and redemptive event was not the last time Christ poured out His Spirit in redemptive history. Mindful of these subsequent acts, Pentecostal Outpourings presents historical research on revivals in the Reformed tradition during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Investigating the British Isles, it observes the outpourings experienced among Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, Irish Dissenters, Calvinistic English Baptists, and Scottish Presbyterians. It then moves on to evaluate the revival instincts among Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and the Dutch Reformed in America. May the knowledge of these outpourings of the Holy Spirit help us seek God earnestly to revive His Church once again. Authors include: Michael A.G. Haykin, Robert Davis Smart, and Ian Hugh Clary.

Owen on the Christian Life: Living for the Glory of God in Christ (Crossway, 2015). John Owen is widely regarded as one of the most influential English Puritans. As a pastor, he longed to see the glory of Christ take root in people’s lives. As a writer, he continues to encourage us toward discipline and communion with God. His high view of God and deep theological convictions flowed naturally into practical application and a zeal for personal holiness. In Owen on the Christian Life, Barrett and Haykin guide us through the seventeenth-century theologian’s life and doctrine, giving us a glimpse into the majestic vision that served as the foundation for his approach to the Christian life—the glory of God in Christ. Authors include: Michael A.G. Haykin and Matthew Barrett

Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact (Christian Focus, 2014). Patrick ministered to kings and slaves alike in the culture that had enslaved him. Patrick's faith and his commitment to the Word of God through hard times is a true example of the way that God calls us to grow and to bless those around us through our suffering. Michael Haykin's masterful biography of Patrick's life and faith will show you how you can follow God's call in your life.

To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin's Missional Vision and Legacy (Crossway, 2014). If you think that sounds like an oxymoron, you’re not alone. Yet a close look at John Calvin’s life, writings, and successors reveals a passion for the spread of the gospel and the salvation of sinners. From training pastors at his Genevan Academy to sending missionaries to the jungles of Brazil, Calvin consistently sought to encourage and equip Christians to take the good news of salvation to the very ends of the earth. In this carefully researched book, Michael Haykin and Jeffrey Robinson clear away longstanding stereotypes related to the Reformed tradition and Calvin’s theological heirs, highlighting the Reformer’s neglected missional vision and legacy. Authors include: Michael A. G. Haykin and C. Jeffrey Robinson Sr.

The Sweetness of God (BorderStone Press, 2014). From the author: "The poems in this collection were written over a lengthy period of more than thirty-five years, from the mid-1970s to the present day. They seek to express, in ways not accessible to an historian’s prose, my experience of the delights and paradoxes of being a believer in and follower of the Triune God."

Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory: the Piety of Samuel and Sarah Pearce (Joshua Press, 2012). Pearce was described by his friend Andrew Fuller as another Brainerd. He was one of the intimate circle of friends that included Fuller, John Sutcliff and William Carey. This book examines the piety of Samuel and his wife Sarah through their letters.

Tri-Unity: An Essay on the Biblical Doctrine of God (NiceneCouncil.com, 2012). In this new work by Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin on this bedrock doctrine of the Christian Faith, follow some of the greatest figures in the Ancient Church — men like the missionary theologian Ireanaeus of Lyons, the African bishop Athanasius and the monastic reformer Basil of Caesarea — as they study the Bible, grapple with how to talk about the Triune God and determine what exactly this means for the Christian life.

The Reformers and Puritans as Spiritual Mentors (Joshua Press, 2012).  Dr. Haykin was recently interviewed about the book on the podcast of the “New Books in Christian Studies” website. The interview has been posted here and is available on iTunes as well.

Michael A.G. Haykin and Mark Jones, ed., ‘Drawn into Controversie’: Reformed Theological Diversity and Debates Within Seventeenth-Century British Puritanism (Reformed Historical Theology, vol.17; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011). Table of Contents and an extract preview available here.

Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church (Crossway Books, 2011). This book is an organized and convenient introduction to how to read the church fathers from AD 100 to 500. Michael Haykin surveys the lives and teachings of seven of the Fathers, looking at their role in such issues as baptism, martyrdom, and the relationship between church and state. Ignatius, Cyprian, Basil of Caesarea, and Ambrose and others were foundational in the growth and purity of early Christianity, and their impact continues to shape the church today.

The Empire of the Holy Spirit (Borderstone Press, 2010) combines both keen historical reflection and rich biblical insight.  In this volume, Michael Haykin has pulled from his expertise in both church history and biblical spirituality.  If you would like to listen to the author’s own thoughts on the book, you can download this podcast in which Dr. Haykin is interviewed about this volume.

Soldiers of Christ: Selections from the Writings of Basil Manly, Sr., & Basil Manly, Jr. (Founders Press, 2009), edited by Michael A. G. Haykin, Roger Duke, and James Fuller, presents a collection of the sermons and tracts, hymns and confessional statements, letters and diaries, of Basil Manly, Sr. and his son Basil Manly, Jr. who both played vital roles in shaping a number of the central institutions of the Southern Baptist community in its formative years in the nineteenth century. Here we have a wonderful window onto the vista of nineteenth-century Southern Baptist life with all of its glorious strengths as well as its clear failings.

The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers (Reformation Trust, 2009). Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin brings together letters from one or both parties in twelve significant relationships from church history. The correspondents include such notables as Martin Luther (writing to his wife Katie), and John Calvin (expressing to friends his grief over the death of his wife Idelette). Lesser-known writers include Helmuth von Moltke, who wrote to his wife as he faced execution as the hands of the Nazis in 1945. The contents range from courtship communications to proposals of marriage to final words before dying, but most have to do with the events of everyday life. Dr. Haykin provides an introduction to each set of letters and draws practical applications for today’s believers based on the expressions of love made by the correspondents. In the end, The Christian Lover is a celebration of marriage, an intimate window into the thoughts of men and women in love with both God and one another.

The Advent of Evangelicalism: Exploring Historical Continuities (B & H Academic, 2008) is a thorough analysis of David Bebbington’s 1989 book, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s which put forth the idea that evangelical religion is the result of transatlantic revival in the 1730s, and that it took a working together attitude toward the Enlightenment rather than a contradictory one. Today, Bebbington’s thesis has gained international acceptance, and scholars from Europe and North America present a review of its primary arguments and conclusions here in The Advent of Evangelicalism (B&H Academic, 2008). Contributors include: David W. Bebbington, Joel R. Beeke, John Coffey,Timothy George, Crawford Gribben, Michael A. G. Haykin, Paul Helm, D. Bruce Hindmarsh, David Ceri Jones, Thomas S. Kidd, Timothy Larsen, Cameron A. MacKenzie, A. T. B. McGowan, D. Densil Morgan, Ashley Null, Ian J. Shaw, Kenneth J. Stewart, Douglas A. Sweeney, Garry J. Williams, and Brandon G. Withrow.  This work was previously published in the UK by Inter-Varsity Press under the title The Emergence of Evangelicalism: Exploring Historical Continuities.

The God Who Draws Near (Evangelical Press, 2007) “is an attempt to recapture an understanding of true biblical spirituality and what that means for daily living.” Subtitled “An Introduction to Biblical Spirituality,” The God Who Draws Near explores nine key aspects of Biblical spirituality. Focusing throughout on the role of the Holy Spirit, Haykin looks at “nine marks of the Spirit’s work as he makes real God’s drawing near to us.”

Christ is All: The Piety of Horatius Bonar (Reformation Heritage Books, 2007) highlights the life and work of the memorable Scottish minister and poet, Horatius Bonar (1808–1889). Michael A. G. Haykin and Darrin R. Brooker present 65 excerpts from Bonar’s writings that capture his ardent devotion to the glory of Christ. Readers will also find Haykin’s biographical introduction on Bonar a valuable glimpse at a life that God used greatly in the preaching of the gospel and the saving of souls.

Devoted to the Service of the Temple: Piety, Persecution, and Ministry in the Writings of Hercules Collins (Reformation Heritage Books, 2007) is the third in the series “Profiles in Reformed Spirituality” published by Reformation Heritage Books. This volume looks at the life and writings of the 17th century British Particular Baptist pastor Hercules Collins (1646/47-1702).  While largely forgotten in modern times, Hercules Collins was highly influential among the late 17th and early 18th century Calvinistic Baptists of London. Through a biographical sketch and 35 sample selections collected from Collins’s writings, Michael A. G. Haykin and Steve Weaver introduce us to the vibrant spirituality of this colossal figure.

A Sweet Flame: Piety in the Letters of Jonathan Edwards (Reformation Heritage Books, 2007) introduces readers to the piety of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). Dr. Haykin’s biographical sketch of Edwards captures the importance the New England minister placed on Scripture, family piety, and the church’s reliance upon God. The remainder of the book presents 26 selections from various letters written by Edwards, two written by family members at his death, and an appendix drawing upon Edwards’s last will and the inventor of his estate.

A Consuming Fire: The Piety of Alexander Whyte (Reformation Heritage Books, 2006) is the first in the series “Profiles of Reformed Spirituality” published by Reformation Heritage Books. This volume examines the life and writings of Alexander Whyte (1836-1921), pastor of Free St. George’s in Scotland.  This volume includes a biographical introduction and selections from the writings of Whyte which highlight his spirituality.

The Armies of the Lamb: The Spirituality of Andrew Fuller (Joshua Press, 2001) contains a biographical introduction and selections from Andrew Fuller’s (1754-1815) letters highlighting his spirituality.  Andrew Fuller was a man whose active life was devoted to the work of God. His paramount desire was to be true to the Scriptures. Fuller had a deep concern for sinners and was untiring in his evangelistic endeavours and support of missions. In The Armies of the Lamb Fuller’s rich spiritual life is seen first-hand through a selection of his letters, some never before published.

To Honour God’: The Spirituality of Oliver Cromwell (Joshua Press, 1999) provides an introduction and brief study of Cromwell’s spirituality through a consideration of his view of divine providence, conversion and activism. A chronology of the life of Cromwell is followed by 30 selections from his letters, speeches, sayings and prayers. These selections are footnoted with interesting historical detail and include biblical references.

The Revived Puritan: The Spirituality of George Whitefield (Joshua Press, 2000). George Whitefield was a man of uncommon piety and holiness. He was used by God in a powerful way in the eighteenth century to bring about true revival in England and America. Dr. Haykin writes an engaging introduction to The revived Puritan which focuses on Whitefield’s walk with God and his deep experience of the new birth. The selections from Whitefield’s letters whcihf ollow, many unpublished since the eighteenth century, provide a first-hand look at his spirituality and are a source of meditation, encouragement and challenge for those seeking revival and spiritual awakening in our day.

A Cloud of Witnesses: Calvinistic Baptists in the 18th Century is a collection of nine biographical sketches with a prologue by the late pastor David Fountain. It relates the story of ongoing faithfulness among eighteenth-century Christians namely Hercules Collins, William Mitchel, Anne Dutton, Abraham Booth, John Ryland Jr, John Thomas, Coxe Feary, Samuel Pearce and John Sutcliff. It also tells of the blessing that came to their communities later in that century. It is a story that will thrill, encourage and challenge the readers.

At the Pure Fountain of Thy Word:  Andrew Fuller as an Apologist is a part of the Studies in Baptist History and Thought series published by Paternoster Press.  There is little doubt that Andrew Fuller played an important part in the revitalization of Calvinistic Baptists in the late eighteenth century and the first few decades of the nineteenth. This collection of essays analyzes Fuller’s apologetic works, which form an important part of his theological writings and portray him as one of the most influential theologians emerging from the Evangelical revivals.

Rediscovering Our English Baptist Heritage: Kiffin, Knollys and Keach is a brief biographical study of three of the most prominent English Particular Baptists of the 17th century:  William Kiffin, Hanserd Knollys and Benjamin Keach.  These Baptist pioneers are almost entirely forgotten by our generation, but to them we owe the great confessional standards which are the doctrinal foundations of many churches today. Kiffin, Knollys and Keach were three of the Calvinistic Baptists who laboured to establish Baptist church order. This brief account of their lives deserves a wide reading among the people of God.

One Heart and One Soul:  John Sutcliff of Olney, His Friends and His Times is the biography of John Sutcliff (1752-1814), close friend of Andrew Fuller, John Ryland and William Carey.  This book is a tribute to that circle of loyal friends, who saw themselves as being so closely bound together that they were all ‘of one heart and one soul’, and in particular to one of them, John Sutcliff, the pastor of the church at Olney which originally set apart Carey for the ministry.

Jonathan Edwards: the Holy Spirit in Revival provides a detailed analysis of the shape and content of Edwards’s theology of the Holy Spirit.  Having taught many courses on Edwards, Haykin has found that “while much was written on Edwards and on his view of revival, there was not a compact book-length study of Edwards as a theologian of revival.” This book seeks to fill that gap by examining Edwards’ works within his historical context.

A Foundation for Life will help the reader learn the basic teaching of the Bible’s most important doctrines. Edited by Michael Haykin and featuring chapters written by godly men who put the doctrines in plain, easy-to-understand language. It is useful not only for personal study, but the brief chapters are outlined so well that the material is easily adaptable to group usage also.

The Life and Thought of John Gill (1697-1771):  A Tercentennial Appreciation is a collection of essays which focus on the thought of John Gill, the doyen of High Calvinism in the transatlantic Baptist community of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Among the topics covered are Gill’s trinitarian theology, his soteriological views, his Baptist ecclesiology, and his use of Scripture. Other papers are more focused, examining, for instance, his clash with the Arminian Methodist leader John Wesley over the issues of predestination and election, a clash that decisively shaped Wesley’s perspective on Calvinism. The tercentennial of Gill’s birth in 1997 was a fitting occasion to issue this study of a man whose systematic theology and exposition of the Old and New Testaments formed the mainstay of many eighteenth-century Baptist ministers’ libraries and who had never been the subject of a major critical study.

The Spirit of God examines the use of 1 and 2 Corinthians by two fourth-century Greek Christian authors, Athanasius and Basil of Caesarea, especially as it relates to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The controversy over the nature and status of the Spirit during the latter half of the fourth century is detailed in order to place in context the examination of the way in which the theological concerns of Athanasius and Basil shaped their pneumatological interpretation of the Corinthian correspondence. This examination will be of value to patristic scholars interested in the way that Scripture was employed in the fourth century to hammer out doctrine.