Meditation – A Puritan Bibliography on Godly Meditation

Puritan Meditation

Here is a Bibliography for Main Sources on Biblical Meditation.

Some of the best main works on Biblical Meditation from the Puritan Era
by C. Matthew McMahon, Ph.D.



a’Brakel, Wilhelmus, (1635-1711), The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Vol. 4, (Morgan: Soli Deo Gloria, 1992).


Alleine, Richard. Vindiciae Pietatis. A Vindication of Godlinesse. London, 1663.


Ambrose, Isaac. “Of the Nature and Kinds of Meditations.” in The Compleat Works Of that Eminent Minister of God’s Word, Mr. Isaac Ambrose. London: for R. Chiswel, B. Tooke, T. Sawbridge, 1689, pp. 135-155.


Allestree, Richard, (1619-1681). The Whole Duty of Divine Meditation Described in All Its Various Parts and Branches: With Meditations on Several Places of Scripture, (London: Printed for John Back, 1694).


Ball, John (1585-1640). A Treatise of Divine Meditation, (Crossville: Puritan Publications, 2016).


Bates, William, (1625-1699). The Whole Works of the Rev. William Bates Volume 3, (Harrisonburg: Sprinkle Publications, 1990).


Baxter, Richard. The Saints’ Everlasting Rest. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus unabridged reprint, 1998, pp. 547-658.


Bayly, Lewis, (1575-1631). The Practice of Piety, (Coconut Creek: Puritan Publications, 2014).


Boston, Thomas, (1676-1732). The Complete Works of Thomas Boston, Volume 4, (Wheaton: Richard Owen Roberts Publishers, 1980).


Bridge, William, (1600-1670). The Works of the Rev. William Bridge Volume 3, (Beaver Falls: Soli Deo Gloria, 1989).


Brooks, Thomas, (1608-1680). The Works of Thomas Brooks Volume 1, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1980).


Burroughs, Jeremiah (1599-1546). A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness, (Ligonier: Soli Deo Gloria, 1991).


Bury, Edward. The Husbandmans Companion: Containing One Hundred Occasional Meditations, Reflections, and Ejaculations, Especially Suited to Men of that Employment. Directing them how they may be Heavenly-minded while about their Ordinary Calling. London: for Tho. Parkhurst, 1677.


Byfield, Nicholas (1579-1622). The Promises of God, (Coconut Creek: Puritan Publications, 2013).


Calamy, Edmund, (1600-1666). The Art of Divine Meditation, (Crossville: Puritan Publications, 2016). (Coming Soon)


Clarkson, David, (1622-1686). The Works of David Clarkson Volume 2 (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1988).


Culverwell, Ezekiel, (1554-1631). Time Well Spent in Sacred Meditations, (London: T. Coates, 1635). (Coming Soon)


Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758). The Works of Jonathan Edwards, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1969).


Fenner, William. Christs Alarm to Drovvsie Saints. London: for John Rothwell, 1650, pp. 236-60.


Fenner, William.The Use and Benefit of Divine Meditation. London: E.T. for John Stafford, 1657.


Gerstner, John. The Rational Biblical Theology of Jonathan Edwards 3 Volumes (Powhatan: Berea Publications, 1991).


Gouge, Thomas, (1605-1681). Christian Directions, Showing How to Walk with God All the Day Long Drawn Up for the Use and Benefit of the Inhabitants of Sepulchres Parish, (London: R. Ibbitson, 1661).


Greenham, Richard (1542-1594), The Works of the Reverend and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ Mr. Richard Greenham, (London: H. H., 1612).


Gurnall, William, (1617-1679). The Christian in Complete Armour, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1989).


Hall, Joseph, (1574-1656). The Art of Divine Meditation Profitable for All Christians to Know and Practice: Exemplified with a Large Meditation of Eternal Life, (London: Humfrey Lownes, 1606).


Heywood, Oliver (1630-1702), Heart Treasure, (Morgan: Soli Deo Gloria, 1997).


Howe, John. “Delighting in God” in The Works of John Howe. (Coconut Creek, FL: Puritan Publications, 2012).


Hooker, Thomas. The Application of Redemption. The Ninth and Tenth Books. London: Peter Cole, 1657


Janeway, James, (1636-1674). Acquainted with God, (Coconut Creek: Puritan Publications, 2012).


Jollie, Thomas, (1629-1703). A Treatise on Heavenly Mindedness, (Crossville: Puritan Publications, 2015).


Lukin, Henry. An Introduction to the Holy Scriptures. London, 1669.


Manton, Thomas. “Sermons Upon Genesis XXIV.63” in The Works of Thomas Manton. London: James Nisbet & Co., 1874, 17:263-348. Also see in vols. 6-9 on Psalm 119 sermons no. 16, 54, 87, 102, 105, and 166.


McMahon, Matthew, Editor. Light from Old Paths Volume 1 (Coconut Creek: Puritan Publications, 2014).


Owen, John, (1616-1683). The Works of John Owen, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1998), 7:262-497.


Ranew, Nathaniel, (1602-1678). Solitude Improved by Divine Meditation, (Morgan: Soli Deo Gloria, 1995).


Rogers, Richard. Seven Treatises Containing Such Direction As Is Gathered Out of The Holy Scriptures. London: Felix Kyngston for Thomas Man, 1603.


Rous, Francis, (1579-1659). Meditations of Instruction, of Exhortation, of Reproof Endeavoring the Edification and Reparation of the House of God, (London: Printed by I. L., 1616). (Coming Soon)


Scougal, Henry. The Works of Henry Scougal. (Morgan, Penn.: Soli Deo Gloria, 2002), pp. 256-77.


Scudder, Henry. “On Meditation” in The Christian Man’s Calling. (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication), n.d., pp. 102-109.


Spurstowe ,William, (1605-1666).The Spiritual Chemyst, or Divine Meditations on Several Subjects, (Coconut Creek: Puritan Publications, 2012).


Spurstowe ,William, (1605-1666).The Wells of Salvation Opened, (Coconut Creek: Puritan Publications, 2012).


Steele, Richard, (1629-1692). A Remedy for Wandering Thoughts in the Worship of God, (Harrisonburg: Sprinkle Publications, 1988).


Swinnock, George, (1627-1673). The Works of George Swinnock, Volume 1, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1992), 2:417-29.


Taylor, Thomas. Meditations from the Creatures. London, 1629.


Tubbe, Henry, (1617-1655). Meditations Divine and Moral (London: Printed for Robert Gibbs, 1651).


Ussher, James. A Method for Meditation: or, A Manuall of Divine Duties, fit for every Christians Practice. London: for Joseph Nevill, 1656.


Ward, Samuel, (1577-1640). The Holy Fire of Zeal, and Other Works, (Coconut Creek: Puritan Publications, 2012).


Watson, Thomas, (1620-1686). Heaven Taken by Storm, (Morgan: Soli Deo Gloria, 1992).


Watson, Thomas, (1620-1686). The Saint’s Spiritual Delight, and a Christian on the Mount, or the Withdrawing Room of Mediation, (Coconut Creek: Puritan Publications, 2013).


White, Thomas, (d. 1672). Instructions for the Art of Divine Meditation, (Coconut Creek: Puritan Publications, 2013).