Of Plimoth Plantation:
The 400th Anniversary Edition

By William Bradford;
Francis Bremer, Jeremy Bangs
Of Plimoth Plantation

Publisher: New England Historic Genealogical Society, January 2020

ISBN: 10: 0997519185 /
ISBN: 13: 9780997519181

Description: This is the journal of the governor of the colony, William Bradford, that covers key events during the thirty years of Bradford’s leadership. It is honest, warm, humble, and contains a link to the essential points of history.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The Treacherous World
of the 16th Century

By William J. Federer
Treacherous World

Publisher: AmericaSearch, 2018

ISBN: 13: 978-0-9896491-4-8

Description: This description by William Federer is easy and exciting reading. It describes the dangerous world of the 16th century. It is essential reading to help us understand the courage of the Pilgrims who traversed the north Atlantic and the cultural landscape of the 16th- and 17th-century world.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The American Covenant

By Marshall Foster
The American Covenant

Publisher: Nordskog, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-9903774-0-5

Description: Marshall Foster writes with vigor to describe the value of the American covenant. He shows how noble leaders have been our intercessors to achieve for us a covenant relationship among ourselves and within our political, economic, and religious spheres.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The Mayflower Pilgrims

By David Beale
Mayflower Pilgrims

Publisher: Ambassador-Emerald International, 2002

ISBN: 1-889893-51-X

Description: David Beale writes in a crisp, clear style so that we may know the men we now call Pilgrims. He shows that they, though imperfect men, had noble ideals and intentionally set out to make a better future for us.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The Mayflower
and Her Passengers

By Caleb H. Johnson
Mayflower Passengers

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation, 2006

ISBN: 978-1599263991

Description: Caleb Johnson does careful research, and his writing is clear. This book contains short biographies of the Mayflower passengers and what is known about each of their situations. (Caleb Johnson adds some detail about what various men read if that is known. This is helpful.)

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

A Guide to Historic Plymouth

By James Baker
A Guide to Historic Plymouth

Publisher: The History Press, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-59629-228-4

Description: A nice, tidy, and handy guide to important places in Plymouth. Comments throughout are concise, clear, helpful, and well-placed.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Meet the Pilgrim Fathers

By Elizabeth Payne
Meet the Pilgrim Fathers

Publisher: Random House, 1966

ISBN: (LOC 66-10428)

Description: Elizabeth Payne writes an account of the Pilgrims’ goals and migration to Plymouth. She writes to a fourth-grade target audience. The narrative moves from the church in Scrooby Manor to the refuge in Leiden, and finally to their new home in Plymouth. She honors the memory of Brewster, Bradford, Carver, Standish, Squanto, and Massasoit. It is a needed book in young lives.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Thanksgiving Primer

By Carolyn Freeman Travers
Thanksgiving Primer

Publisher: Plimoth Plantation Publication, 1991

ISBN: n/a

Description: This work from Plimoth Plantation is helpful in teaching young families to plan Thanksgiving celebrations that accurately reflect the gratitude and the courage of our Pilgrim fathers. It contains authentic recipes and good suggestions to help families be thankful for their heritage.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The Geneva Bible

Geneva Bible

Publisher: Tolle Lege Press, 1599

ISBN: 0-9754846-1-3

Description: This is the Bible that was carried by the covenanted band of Pilgrims. It was the Bible that was most accessible to them in 1620. It reflected in its notes the concerns of the age about political and religious tyranny.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

In the Name of God, Amen

By Daniel J. Ford
In the Name of God, Amen

Publisher: Lex Rex, 2003

ISBN: 0-9724554-1-8

Description: Dan Ford carefully chronicles the trail of documents that made up the body of our early instruments of government. He shows from original works how that our Founding Fathers were carefully submissive to the Lord in politics and religious order.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Good News from New England

By Edward Winslow
Good Newes from New England

Publisher: Applewood Books, 1624

ISBN: 978-1-55709-443-8

Description: Edward Winslow writes to describe to European statesmen and businessmen the motives and methods of the Pilgrims in political, economic, and religious roles. His firsthand account was an inoculation against wrong thinking among Europeans when news floated back into Europe from the New World.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Mayflower

By Nathaniel Philbrick
Mayflower

Publisher: Penguin Books, 2006

ISBN: 978-0-14-311197-9

Description: Nathaniel Philbrick weaves primary source documents together into a flowing narrative that is exciting and readable. His own enthusiasm for virtue and courage shows in the narrative. He honors heroes and proscribes rogues and tyrants.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

A Guide to Plymouth's
Historic Old Burial Hill

By Theodore P. Burbank
A Guide to Plymouth's Historic Old Burial Hill

Publisher: Salty Pilgrim Press, 2006

ISBN: 09645237-9-5

Description: A good guide to interesting and important graves and monuments on Burial Hill

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Pilgrims Then and Now

By Gary L. Marks
Pilgrims Then and Now

Publisher: The Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2001

ISBN: n/a

Description: The longtime pastor of The Church of the Pilgrimage chronicles the Pilgrim affairs in a concise and compassionate assessment of the best of the Pilgrim history. He also serves us with an assessment of the Pilgrim legacy today and challenges us to continue the best features of their example.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The Pilgrim Way

By Robert M. Bartlett
The Pilgrim Way

Publisher: Pilgrim Press, 1971

ISBN: 978-0829802221

Description: The Pilgrim Way is a scholarly and carefully documented study of the Pilgrim epic centering around John Robinson as its intellectual and spiritual leader. It is written for young readers (high school age and above). Through Robinson’s dialogues with eminent scholars, the religious beliefs of the Pilgrims are delineated. The author portrays their struggles in England in the late Tudor and early Stuart eras, deals at length with their experiences in Holland, and traces the influence of the Scrooby-Leiden Community in shaping Pilgrim religion and the unique outlook and practices of Plimoth Plantation.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The Truth about the Pilgrims

By Francis R. Stoddard
The Truth About the Pilgrims

Publisher: Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1952

ISBN: 9780806305615

Description: A good book to filter out old ideas about the Pilgrims that we know are now superseded by better interpretation. Not modern revisionism – these are honest historical corrections to the Pilgrim narrative.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Mayflower Last Names for Four Generations

By Scott Andrew Barkley
Mayflower Last Names for Four Generations

Publisher: The Mayflower Society, 2009

ISBN: n/a

Description: This excellent work follows the genealogical lines of the Pilgrim families into the 1700s. It distinguishes the original Mayflower passengers from the “first comers,” as they called the earliest second wave of immigrants. These names are useful in connecting Pilgrims of this generation with their forebears. Of course, more than genealogy is the legacy of the Pilgrims, but their family lines are important pathways to the historical legacy they made and handed down to us.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Three Visitors to Early Plymouth

By Sydney V. James, Jr.
Three Visitors to Early Plymouth

Publisher: Plimoth Plantation, 1963

ISBN: 1-55709-463-2

Description: John Pory of Virginia, Emmanuel Altham from England, and Isaack de Rasieres, a Dutchman from New Amsterdam, visited the Plimoth Plantation shortly after it was settled. Each leaves a brief account of his visit through letters and narrative. This is an important firsthand record.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Documents of Democracy (Mayflower Compact)

Documents of Democracy

Publisher: Fleming H. Revell, 1963

ISBN: B000FH5X1E

Description: The Mayflower Compact is both a covenant and an instrument of government. It is restated in subsequent iterations of the Lawes of Plymouth. It is cited as binding upon its signatories in subsequent court cases.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The Articles of the Synod of Dort

By Thomas Scott
The Articles of the Synod of Dort

Publisher: Sprinkle Publications, 1619

ISBN: 978-0873771900

Description: This is the transcript of the meeting in Dordrecht to discuss the implications of the reformed position and to answer criticisms of the system of religion it implied. This was the context of the Pilgrims’ religious existence in the Lowlands, and it includes inferences from their banishment from Anglican churches.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

One Small Candle

By Thomas Fleming
One Small Candle

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016

ISBN: 1539616428

Description: The excellent historian, Thomas Fleming, tells with vigor the stresses of the first year of the Pilgrim settlement in Plymouth. His narrative draws empathy for the rigorous demands of their condition and admiration for how they rose to every challenge with unselfish fortitude.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The Rise of the Dutch Republic

By J. L. Mottley
The Rise of the Dutch Republic

Publisher: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1939

ISBN: n/a

Description: J. L. Motley’s account of the rise of the Dutch Republic (est. 1581) is integral to the Pilgrim history. Motley shows the value of the House of Orange in protecting the lowland provinces from Hapsburg (Spanish) aggression. Motley also shows the providential value of Huguenot leadership in France as a buffer against Spain and against French Catholics. Reformed princes among the German states also diverted the Holy Roman Empire from quelling the Protestant movement in the Dutch Lowlands. The Pilgrims found refuge in the Lowlands during the benign reign of the House of Orange, and found a safe harbor from the fickle rule of the Tudors and Stuarts in England.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Pilgrim Pursuit of Happiness

By Leo Martin
Pilgrim Pursuit of Happiness

Publisher: Legends Library Publishing, Inc., 2013

ISBN: 978-1-937735-55-5

Description: Leo Martin has been a tour guide in Plymouth for many years and specializes in the benefits of free enterprise. He advocates the political, economic, and religious factors that allowed the Pilgrims to eventually thrive in a difficult arena. Unexpected results included increased health, productivity, family industry, and productive trade relations on the open market.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Indian Deeds

By Jeremy Bangs
Indian Deeds

Publisher: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008

ISBN: 088082218X

Description: Jeremy Bangs is a worthy scholar who assesses the dealings of the Pilgrims with the Wampanoags in the years of the covenant between these two states. He divides the earliest transaction into three kinds: assessment of deeds in and around the original town of Plymouth, the purchase and settlement of outlying towns such as Duxbury and Sandwich, and the subsequent buying and selling of smaller parcels in and around these towns. The Governor of Plymouth and the Sachem of the Wampanoags both had authority to approve or disapprove major transactions. Bangs shows that these transactions ran both ways in both the buying and the selling, and that these transactions were generally amicable during the covenanted years.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Why History is the Most Important Subject You Will Teach (MP3)

By Bill Potter
Why History is the Most Important Subject You Will Teach

Publisher: Landmark Events, 2016

ISBN: n/a

Description: This MP3 from historian Bill Potter provides the reasons to value the study of history. He describes how understanding history allows men and women to understand all realms of life better and, by inference, to see the Pilgrims with the correct perspective.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Lawes of Plymouth

Lawes of Plymouth

Publisher: Illinois University Archive, 1636

ISBN: n/a

Description: The Lawes of Plymouth is a simple set of laws that governed civil behavior in the Plymouth colony. It includes in each restatement a rehearsing of the Mayflower Compact. It uses some common law vocabulary like “jury.” But it doesn’t cite any common law documents like Dalton, Littleton, or Coke until after 1647. This makes this set of laws uniquely its own before God.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Court Cases: Records Of The Colony Of New Plymouth, In New England: Court Orders

Court Cases

Publisher: Nabu Press, 1633-1691

ISBN: 1275362990

Description: Court cases show how the Pilgrims applied their own law and how they regarded the Mayflower Compact as an instrument of government. Notable are the many ways that Indians were involved in their own cases. Another prevalent feature is the patience that the court and the magistrates extended to everyone accused of wrongdoing, and the considerate way they regarded every mitigating circumstance.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Magnolia Christi Americana,
Books I and II

By Cotton Mather, Ed. Kenneth B. Murdock
Magnolia Christi Americana

Publisher: Belknap Press, 1997

ISBN: 978-0674541559

Description: The magnus opus of Cotton Mather. Mather assesses in friendly and honest terms his perspective and admiration for events and leaders in Plymouth. Essential reading for the true historian.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The Journal of John Winthrop

Eds. Richard Dunn and Lawtitia Yeandle
The Journal of John Winthrop

Publisher: Belknap Press, 1997

ISBN: 978-0674484276

Description: John Winthrop kept a journal of his crossing of the Atlantic in 1630 aboard the Arbella. His journal includes his well-known quote, “a city set on a hill.” His journal is the only, and therefore best, description of an Atlantic crossing in the 17th century. The journal includes a reverent comma during the passing of his worthy son upon whom many of his brightest hopes had rested. This journal is quoted often in modern times by honest men who understand the noble goals of the Pilgrims of Plymouth and the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

History of Richard Bourne and Some of His Descendants

By Hannah S. B. Dykes
History of Richard Bourne and Some of His Descendants

Publisher: Forgotten Books, 2018

ISBN: 978-1332139620

Description: Richard Bourne had roots in the teaching available in the Low Countries prior to his immigration. He learned the language of, and worked among, the Narragansett Indians in the region around Sandwich, his home. He helped found two churches, one near Sandwich and another among the local tribe of Narragansetts known as Mashpee. The first church was visited by John Eliot and Richard Mayhew, who gave their approval to its founding. The second church was established in 1658 with ordained Native elders. The work continues to this day. Throughout history, praying Indians such as the Mashpee have done much to seek peace and to temper the passions of rash men.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

The Story of the Pilgrim Fathers

By Edward Arber
The Story of the Pilgrim Fathers

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1897

ISBN: n/a

Description: Edward Arber lets each of the Pilgrim fathers tell his own story in his own words. This is a masterful piece of editing from original source documents. It is worthy of preservation and continual use.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Not Stolen

By Jeff Fynn-Paul
(an honest scholar
of the Leiden University stock)
Not Stolen

Publisher: Bombardier Books, 2023

ISBN: 978-1-64293-951-4

Description: Dr. Jeff Fynn-Paul shows that many modern notions of European exploitation of Native culture do not stand up to honest historical assessment. European motives varied and were not universally malignant. Many consequences of disease were unforeseeable and unknown. Native populations were not those of idyllic environmentalists. Some were as warlike and exploitative as the Europeans. This had been the long history of the Native population long before the arrival of Europeans. Fynn-Paul further shows that it was the Europeans that eventually began to assess the consequences of behaviors that were unethical and immoral, and make amendments.

Reviewer: Gary Huffman

Law and Liberty in Early New England: Criminal Justice and Due Process, 1620-1692

By Edgar J. McManus
Law and Liberty in Early New England

Publisher: Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2004

ISBN: 0-87023-824-8

Description: McManus sets forth the Pilgrim and Puritan view of law and justice, and describes the early New England legal systems in meticulous detail. He explains their belief that law must be based on Scripture, but that Scripture must be confirmed by statutes adopted by governmental entities. He explains the role of the family, the community, the church, and the state in establishing order and administering justice.

Of special value are his charts and tables at the end of the book, enumerating the offenses charged, convictions obtained, and punishments in the various colonies at various times for various offenses. Compared to the Puritan colonies, Pilgrim Plymouth was similar but somewhat kinder and gentler. He lists only one witchcraft trial in Plymouth, which resulted in an acquittal.

Reviewer: John Eidsmoe

The New England Mind:
The Seventeenth Century

By Perry Miller
The New England Mind

Publisher: Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1939, 1983

ISBN: 0-674-61306-6

Description: Anyone who clings to the old myth that the Puritans were ignorant, superstitious bigots needs to read The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century and the sequel, The New England Mind: From Colony to Province. Writing from a secular standpoint, Harvard Professor Perry Miller grapples with the thought system of the towering Puritan intellectuals of the 1600s, and the ways their thought was reflected in the preaching of Puritan pastors throughout New England.

Miller addresses the Puritans’ intellectual character, their concept of piety, their uses of reason, their concept of the nature of man and of nature itself, the means of conversion, the covenant of grace, the social covenant, and the church covenant. In my view, Miller does not fully appreciate the significance of the Puritan concept of total depravity and common grace, but this classic work is very much worth reading.

Reviewer: John Eidsmoe

From Puritan to Yankee: Character and the Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1769

By Richard L. Bushman
From Puritan to Yankee

Publisher: Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967, 1980

ISBN: 0-674-32551-6

Description: Professor of History at Columbia and at Brigham Young, Bushman traces the development of Connecticut society from the days of the ultra-Puritans of New Haven to their later role as colonists fighting for liberty.

Puritan political philosophy, he says, emphasized the doctrine of rights and the rule of law, which “defined the line beyond which rulers became tyrants and resistance became a duty.” Human nature being what it is, as the early Puritan zeal faded, the colonists became increasingly covetous, which led
to their strong desire to pursue profit in business. Fused with their work ethic, this produced economic success, but the religious impulse still preserved a great degree of social order. Bushman discusses the “Old Light” vs “New Light” controversy, and argues that the New Light view led to a new view of social order; the Puritan desire for a Holy Commonwealth gave way to a recognition that saints and sinners must live side by side in civil society.

His basic theme is that, although the Connecticut Yankee of the mid-1700s was somewhat removed from the Connecticut Puritan of the 1600s, his Puritan work ethic and sense of mission helped to shape his Yankee descendants. By 1776 the Connecticut Puritan might have been hard to recognize, but he was far from dead.

Reviewer: John Eidsmoe

The Pilgrim Psalter

By Henry Ainsworth; Edited by Mary Huffman
The Pilgrim Psalter

Publisher: The Psalter Company, LLC, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-7369918-0-0

Description: When the Pilgrims arrived on these shores in 1620, the Word of God sustained them in their trials. They read God’s Word in the Geneva Bible, and they sang God’s Word in the 1612 Ainsworth Psalter, which contains all 150 Psalms, some with more than one tune.

Mary Huffman has republished the Ainsworth Psalter under the title The Pilgrim Psalter. It is a hymnal, but it is more than a hymnal. Of special value is Mary’s 28-page “Introduction” in which she has drawn upon her meticulous research and knowledge of music to explain the history of the Ainsworth Psalter, its faithful translation of the Hebrew, its distinction between the Names for God, its meter, rhyme, parallelism, pronunciation, punctuation, and verse numbering. She then explains the tunes and their origins, the Pilgrims’ worship and singing practice, and the influence of the Ainsworth Psalter upon Pilgrim and Puritan worship then and for years to come.

To truly understand the Pilgrims, we must understand their worship, and to truly understand their worship, we must understand their music. To help us do so, Mary Huffman has given us an invaluable tool in The Pilgrim Psalter.

Reviewer: John Eidsmoe

Hakluyt’s Promise:
An Elizabethan’s Obsession
for an English America

By Peter C. Mancall
Hakluyt's Promise

Publisher: Yale University Press, 2007

ISBN: 978-0-300-11054-8

Description: Formed in 1846, the Hakluyt Society promotes the publication of scholarly works on exploration and colonization. It is named after Richard Hakluyt the Younger (1552?-1616), who encouraged exploration and colonization of the coast of North America.

But there’s more to his story. What fueled Hakluyt’s passion for colonizing North America? He saw the lost souls of Native Americans steeped in paganism, and he wanted to reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But their souls were being captured by Spanish Catholics in the South and French Catholics in the North. Along with his cousin Richard Hakluyt the Elder, Hakluyt promoted English colonization of North America not only to further English commerce and industry but also, and I hope primarily, to spread the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Reviewer: John Eidsmoe

The Winthrop Covenant

By Louis Auchincloss
The Winthrop Covenant

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1976

ISBN: 0345256689195

Description: The Winthrop Covenant is a novel telling the continuing saga of John Winthrop and nine descendants (2 real, 7 fictional). John Winthrop believes himself to be in covenant with God to defend Puritan Christianity and enforce it by law if necessary. To be faithful to this covenant, Winthrop banishes Ann Hutchinson from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Next comes Major General Walt Still Winthrop, who in his older years is troubled about his role in the Salem witch trials – part of the covenant, but fulfilled with some doubts and regrets.

The novel moves on to further Winthrop generations, increasingly secular in their worldview: a New England abolitionist in the era of the War Between the States, a wealthy member of the Patroons who crusades against who-knows-what, a civil rights leader, and finally the Penultimate Puritan, a New England liberal who fights America’s anti-communist foreign policy.

What do these descendants have in common with Winthrop? His stern Puritan faith has virtually disappeared, except for an occasional Biblical reference. But they share one thing: a fervent desire to crusade for some cause higher than themselves. Would Winthrop be proud of his fictional descendants? I suspect he and his fellow Puritans would be repulsed by descendants who defend the advance of godless Communism. Commitment, like faith, is only as valid as the object of the commitment.

Auchincloss wrote this book in 1976, and his last character is the Penultimate (next-to-last) Puritan. Were he to write in 2023, who would be the Last Puritan – Bernie Sanders? Auchincloss is a capable writer, and his novel gives us some food for thought, illustrating a connection few would have realized. I won’t give The Winthrop Covenant my highest rating, but if I were stuck in a hotel and this was the only book available, I’d read it.

Reviewer: John Eidsmoe

Forefathers Monument Guidebook

By Michelle Gallagher
Forefathers Monument Guidebook

Publisher: Proclamation House, Inc., 2021

ISBN: 978-1-7379016-2-4

Description: Forefathers Monument Guidebook focuses on one of America’s most beautiful and symbolic monuments, but it is much, much more. With incredible skill, Michelle Gallagher uses the many facets, figures, and inscriptions of the Forefathers Monument to tell the story of the Pilgrims.

With beautiful artwork and photography, Michelle in Section One tells the history of the Pilgrims and of the Monument itself, including what is hidden under the Monument.

Then, in Section Two, she explains the symbolism of the Monument: Faith, Morality (Evangelist and Prophet), Law (Mercy and Justice), Education (Wisdom and Youth), and Liberty (Peace and Tyranny). Into these she weaves the stories of individual Pilgrims, how they set aside the communal system that had been forced upon them and that had proven disastrous, and instead embraced free enterprise, and above all, how they clung to their worship of the God of the Bible.

This beautifully illustrated book is packed with relevant information and ideas. If you are looking for one book to give to a loved one to share the story of Plymouth and the Pilgrims, this would be an excellent choice.

Reviewer: John Eidsmoe

Plymouth Rocks! The Stone-Cold Truth

By Jane Yolen
Plymouth Rocks

Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2020

ISBN: 9781580896856

Description: A review is not a recommendation! In this case it is a warning to anyone who is considering this book for his/her children or grandchildren, that this book is anti-Pilgrim propaganda.

The format is intriguing. Plymouth Rock (“Rock”) speaks in first person throughout most of the book, telling his history: brought to Plymouth by glaciers eons ago, visited by prehistoric creatures and later by First Americans, then trodden upon by Pilgrims in 1620.

But an annotation tells us, “To be clear, Rock did not welcome any Pilgrims. That legend was invented 121 years after the landing, when a church elder named Thomas Faunce shared a story he allegedly heard as a child. No one knows for sure why Faunce spoke about a humble chunk of granite being stepped upon. Perhaps the story stuck because it offered a symbol of a new nation.”

(For a good discussion of Faunce and Plymouth Rock, see Gallagher, Forefathers Monument Guidebook, p. 58. And 121 years after 1620 is 1741 – decades before independence and any “new nation.”)

On the next page, an annotation “corrects” Rock’s account of the Pilgrim / Native American experience: “More and more colonists soon arrived and took Native land to build their houses. They treated the Native people brutally and dishonestly. The common image of Native people happily celebrating Thanksgiving with colonists is now considered offensive by many.”

In George Orwell’s 1984, the Ministry of Truth says, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” We are facing a frenzied effort to rewrite America’s history by erasing everything good about our heritage and replacing it with negative propaganda. But no nation can long survive if it teaches its children to hate their ancestors and be ashamed of their heritage. That’s exactly what this book attempts to do.

If you want children to learn the true story of the Pilgrims, avoid this one.

Reviewer: John Eidsmoe

The Worship of the American Puritans

By Horton Davies
The Worship of the American Puritans

Publisher: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1999

ISBN: 1-57358-099-6

Description: We become like that which we worship, so who or what one worships, and the ways of his worship, reveal who or what he is.

Davies carefully explains how the Puritans’ theology drove their worship: their belief in the exclusive authority of Scripture, which led to Bible-based sermons several hours in length, usually preached without notes; music based upon the Psalms; rejection of the Anglican liturgy and church calendar; baptism as a sacrament of covenantal initiation; and communion as a sacrament of nourishment.

Marriages were performed by the civil magistrate because the Puritans believed marriage was a civil institution, and burials were short and simple because the Puritans rejected the Catholic and Anglican idea that anything could be done to change the eternal state of the dead.

The book’s cover features the famous painting “Pilgrims Going to Church,” illustrating the fact that when the Puritans and Pilgrims walked to the meetinghouse, they were going to meet with God.

Except for a few brief references, Davies does not explain the differences between Puritan and Pilgrim worship, but by 1700 the Pilgrim culture had been largely absorbed into the larger Puritan society. The similarities outweigh the differences.

For those who want to understand the Puritan/Pilgrim mindset as reflected in their worship, The Worship of the Puritans is an excellent source of information and insight.

Reviewer: John Eidsmoe

Journey of Faith:
Why the Pilgrims Came

By Dr. Paul Jehle
Journey of Faith

Publisher: Brentwood Christian Press, 2020

ISBN: 1-9581-939-8

Description: As President and Executive Director of the Plymouth Rock Foundation, Dr. Jehle is today’s heart, soul, face, and voice of the Pilgrims. No living person is better qualified than he to tell the Pilgrim story.

In this 104-page book, Dr. Jehle concisely but thoroughly explains the religious motivations of the Pilgrims: their study of Scripture in England, their sojourn in the Netherlands, their voyage to New England, their hardships in the New World, the peace they established with the Wampanoag Nation, and their first Thanksgiving.

Like all of us, they were imperfect people. If they ever thought otherwise, their Calvinist theology would remind them of their feet of clay. But they came to America because of their faith in God and their belief that they were in covenant with Him.

As a readable and faithful account of the Pilgrims and their Biblical motivation for coming to America, Journey of Faith is tops!

Reviewer: John Eidsmoe