The Old Guys Book Giveaway!

19 Sep

Starting today and ending this Friday, September 23 any who wish will have the opportunity to win a copy of a book written by one of the old guys! We hope to have these giveaways from time to time and our desire is that this will help someone have the opportunity to dive deeper into a specific work by one of our beloved old guys.

This week’s giveaway features: John Owen.

J.I. Packer had this to say about him:

“Owen was by common consent the weightiest Puritan theologian, and many would bracket him with Jonathan Edwards as one of the greatest Reformed theologians of all time. “

The Book: Communion with the Triune God

WTS Books describes the book this way:

“Does it make a difference that the God Christians claim to worship has revealed himself as triune—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Does this fundamental truth of biblical authority have an effect on a believe’s personal fellowship with God?

Puritan theologian John Owen (1616-1683) recognized the great need for every believer to understand the triune God. Communion with the Triune God revisits the truth presented by John Owen and challenges all believers to truly recognize and appreciate the ministry that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have in their lives. This work of John Owen encourages Christians to enjoy true communion with each person of the triune God.”

To Win All You Have to Do Is:

1. Leave a comment below and answer the question “Who is your favorite old guy?”.
2. Subscribe to The Old Guys via RSS, Email, Facebook or Twitter and help get the word out about the old guys!

A winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

119 Responses to “The Old Guys Book Giveaway!”

  1. Jason Chamberlain September 19, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    It’s hard to pick just one. For sheer pithiness it would have to be Luther. For profundity probably Calvin. For deep truths I can most easily apply to my life it would be Spurgeon.

  2. Beth - An Australian Housewife September 19, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    There are so many wonderful ‘old guys’ but one of my favourites would have to be J. C. Ryle. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

  3. Nathan Korten September 19, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    My favourite old guy is Jonathan Edwards. 🙂

  4. Sheldon Clowdus September 19, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    I would have to say that right now Spurgeon probably tops my Old Guy list.

  5. brian molloy September 19, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Jonathan Edwards

  6. Patty Mellen September 19, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    It would be a toss up between Thomas Watson and J.C. Ryle. Both of these old guys are extremely good. Thomas Watson’s treatment on the Shorter Catechism and J.C. Ryle’s book ‘Holiness’ would have to be in the top ten books of spiritually edifying books that I’ve read in my years as a Christian.

  7. H. Carl Bone September 19, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    I love the old guys but my favorite is Thomas Manton. I also like Jonathan Edwards a lot.

  8. bushums September 19, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    That’s a really Tuff question. In an effort to be different, and because I’m enjoying his writing way to much these days I’ll have to go with Jeremiah Burroughs.

  9. Katherine Sewell September 19, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Wow! “My favorite old guy???” That’s tough! I have so many favorites. I think I would have to say my favorite is: J. C. Ryle. Second favorite: A. W. Tozer. Third favorite: Charles Spurgeon. Fourth favorite: Andrew Murray. I could keep on! 🙂

  10. Cassie C September 19, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    As mentioned above, there are so many great candidates! However, Spurgeon is by far my favorite old guy! There is no other author on this side of heaven that I can read that envelopes me entirely and leads me to the throne in worship like Spurgeon.

  11. Jason September 19, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Favorite old guy is probably John Bunyan Already signed up through RSS feed

  12. Dennis Mullen September 19, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    How do you categorize such a thing. I love Calvin for his ability to make complex theological questions understandable. I love Bavinck for his wealth of knowledge on subjects and his ability to write with such clarity. I love Spurgeon because of his passion, his love of truth and the way his sermons just bring me to my knees.

  13. Brian wyatt September 19, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    So far, in my journey with these men that are indwelt with the spirit of God, John Owen is by far the one that has most impacted my walk. The writings of John Owen blow my mind, or I should say my heart. Upon reading his book Indwelling Sin in Believers I was shown How to understand the thoughts and intentions of my heart! How is it possible for a man to read my heart? Well, at least it seems as if he does anyway. I have read this book at work at home and even on the tread mill! It will be worn out before long.

  14. Gary September 19, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    My favorite “old guy” is Spurgeon. His sermons speak through the years and seem to me to be as timely and appropriate today as were one hundred and fifty years ago.

  15. Sandy September 19, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Spurgeon immediately came to mind but oh how I LOVE Ryle and Pink……

  16. Chris September 19, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    I think for me its between J.C. Ryle and Jonathan Edwards.

  17. Ben Thorp September 19, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    It seems to vary from month to month. I think for the moment I’d have to go for CT Studd

  18. Kim Eriksen September 19, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    thank you for the Owen and sure would like to have this book…
    have a blessed Monday..
    Savannah Ga

  19. Linda Chapman September 19, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    John Owen is my favorite “Old Guy”, & I would dearly love to have this book. Thank you.

  20. Richard Gillett September 19, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Matthew Henry

  21. David September 19, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Hard to pick just one, but I’d probably have to say John Calvin.

  22. Eric Adams September 19, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    “Who is your favorite old guy?” I really love John Owen!

  23. Jeanie Brown Schwagerman September 19, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    JC Ryle. I do like them all and appreciate your sharing the wealth of these men

  24. Vic September 19, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    How old? 20th century: Chesterton. 19th century: Spurgeon. I could go on….

  25. Kristi September 19, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    I really appreciate Spurgeon. What a blessing he has been to me. Also, Ryle is one of my favorites

  26. James Corona September 19, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    My favorite old guy is Henry Scougal.

  27. Tom September 19, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I am thankful for JC Ryle. His teachings for young men is GREAT!

  28. Kristi September 19, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I am thankful for Spurgeon!! His writings have meant a lot to me.

  29. Joey September 19, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Hmm…. JC Ryle favorite old guy

  30. Matt September 19, 2011 at 9:34 am #


  31. J Knisely September 19, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    J.C. Ryle. I would agree with Piper who says, “One thing that gives him power as a writer is the density of biblical saturation. Human opinions don’t get very far with me without explicit Bible foundation. So I like Ryle. He doesn’t take many steps without a Bible stone underneath his foot.”

    • Brian wyatt September 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm #


  32. Luke September 19, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    My favorite Old Guy is Samuel Rutherford, or William Gurnall, or . . .

  33. Chris H. September 19, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    I haven’t seen him on here, but I do enjoy George Whitefield. If you’re asking just for an “old guy” on this blog, probably Charles Spurgeon or possibly Jeremiah Burroughs.

    • Bentley September 19, 2011 at 10:43 am #

      Chris, any old guy goes. I recently read a biography on Whitefield and loved it. Hopefully, we can get some of his quotes up in the future!

  34. erniepeacock September 19, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    I enjoy reading the daily quotes from The Old Guys…food for the soul!

    My favorite old guy would be the Father of the first American Revival, Jonathan Edwards.

  35. Deb September 19, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    J. C. Ryle for sure. Will repost on FB.

  36. Steve Rahn September 19, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Martin Luther.

  37. Gilda Vizzini September 19, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    My favorite “old guy” is John Owen!!

  38. Carol September 19, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Spurgeon, Winslow, Luther, Calvin, Bunyan, Ryle, how can I pick one?

  39. Nancy September 19, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Wow..that is a tough question to answer.
    Thomas Watson, Spurgeon or Octavius Winslow…well, those are my favorites for today. 🙂

  40. Tim September 19, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Charles Bridges, without a doubt.

  41. Bernard A. Rosario September 19, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Charles Spurgeon. I even exchanged our national hero for him. (

  42. Marianna September 19, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    am reading again John Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ on the effectual limited atonement – have learned so much more of the Priesthood of Jesus and why there can be no “prevenient” grace … count me in for the book giveaway…

  43. Dr. Mike Schill September 19, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    John Owen. His depth and grasp of scripture always provide me “pause”

  44. Walt Murray September 19, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Spurgeon and Thomas Watson are my 2 favorite, but with Watson it is a love/hate relationship because he is so dang convicting.

  45. Carla September 19, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    So far, my favourite old guy is Martin Luther.

  46. Liddy September 19, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    My favorite old guy, thus far, is Spurgeon.

  47. Joshua Collier September 19, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    already subscribed! Really enjoying reading a few of John Owen’s other books.

  48. Steven September 19, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Favorite old guy?…………Spurgeon, Winslow, Luther, Calvin, Bunyan, Ryle, how can I pick one?!!! I agree with Carol 🙂

  49. MNMike September 19, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Spurgeon is my favorite, although I’m excited to read more old guys like Watson, Manton and Sibbes.

  50. Keith September 19, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    So hard to pick, but probably Spurgeon.

  51. Trent Egbert September 19, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    John Flavel

  52. Patrick September 19, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Hard to pick just one… Jonathan Edwards and John Owen. The former for his radically theocentric vision of all of life, the latter for his unapologetic love and vehemence for the glory of Christ and His work on the cross.

  53. vince matherick September 19, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    my favorite is Jonathan Edwards

  54. Mr. & Mrs. V. September 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    J.C. Ryle (among many others!).

  55. Ryan Streett September 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    John Flavel, because of the beauty that he uses in adorning the doctrines of Jesus Christ.

  56. Michael Salvatierra September 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    I would have to say Luther, for his humility. But that John Paton autobiography is one of my favorites.

    • Bentley September 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      Agreed! Paton’s autobiography is amazing!

  57. Linda Tkaczyk September 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    My favorite old guy is Charles Spurgeon.

  58. Robert Carpenter September 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Richard Baxter

  59. Richard September 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    I’m deeply indebted to Calvin, Packer, and Piper (who isn’t that old, relatively speaking).

  60. Chris Whisonant September 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    I’d have to say Luther right now.

  61. Warren September 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    It’s gotta be Spurgeon!

  62. Stephen Richie September 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    My favorite ‘old guy’ is… a toss up between Calvin, Luther and Edwards and Spurgeon and Ryle and…yes, John Owen (through several quotes sites), though I have to admit that I am not too well-read in any of them.

  63. Anthony Spallone September 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I would have to say B. B. Warfield. Good day Gens.

  64. John Clayton September 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Jonathan Edwards. I can remember reading “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” for the first time in High school, only to have by teacher bash it and race away from Edwards to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.” However, I could not help let go of the power of Edward’s words…I was captivated by his words. Almost 25 years later I am still captivated by the power of his writing.

  65. Cho September 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    My favorite is CH Spurgeon

  66. persis September 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    This is a hard question. My favorite old guy is probably Spurgeon, but then there’s Ryle, Flavel, Burroughs, Owen…

  67. bobandjoanna September 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    My favorite has always been Jonathan Edwards.

  68. Chris Nyland September 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    John Owen is my favorite old guy. Really.

  69. marlo September 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    John owen

  70. Raymond Forthuber (@solagratis) September 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Hear,Hear….John Owen!

  71. mark cantley September 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    I like Charles Spurgeon, however since recieving the old guys I get alot of different insight and found that I like several of them.
    Mark Cantley

  72. Chris Munn September 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    John Bunyan

  73. Jessica Fisher September 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    My Favorite Old Guy is Charles Spurgeon. I don’t have any books by John Owen I can’t put him in the Favorite category.

  74. Bob September 20, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    Owen, Bunyan or Ryle.

  75. Dan So September 20, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    George Mueller!

  76. Joe Ragsdale September 20, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    I would have to say Luther. His boldness while going against the RCC was incredible.

  77. Marny September 20, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    There are so many great “old guys” but I’d have to say that Spurgeon is my favorite right now. I’m just starting his “Treasury of David” as I’m reading through the Psalms — what a blessing!

  78. Ted Clark September 20, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    My favorite Old Guy is Spurgeon.

  79. Jacob Bozarth September 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    My Favorite Old Guy is Thomas Watson!!

  80. Patrick Baskin September 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    It is Charles Spurgeon for me. In Almost every sermon, he heads straight for the cross, no matter the text.

  81. Eric Heistand September 21, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards. 🙂

  82. Matt Morrow September 21, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    My favorite is Jonathan Edwards!

  83. Fred Hall September 21, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    Where are the reformed pastors like Richard Baxter and the hearts of compassion like Thomas Chalmers?

  84. Andrew Wencl September 21, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Casiodoro de Reina. A forgotten reformer. (

  85. Brittany Mallett September 21, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    C. H. Spurgeon for sure! We’re expecting our first child at the moment, and if it’s a boy his name will be Charles in his honor 🙂

  86. Cathy September 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    As with many of those above, Mr. Spurgeon! He speaks to us “layfolk” so well! But, I enjoy any and all of them really….thanks for this site. It is great to be reminded of such words and works by those who love Christ.

  87. Glenn E Davis September 22, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    A. W. Tozer is my favorite quote guy: straight to the heart, God-exalting, and Cross-declaring. You will find a number of Tozer’s quotes on my blog, The Glorious Deeds of Christ,

  88. Katherine Sewell September 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    A. W. Tozer is one of my favorite “old guys! He sometimes came across too strong for lots of “Christians” but you could be sure that he knew what he was talking about, and stayed with Scripture while doing so. I love his writings!

  89. Erin C. September 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    As of right now, Jonathan Edwards.

  90. Nathan Hutain September 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    John G. Paton

  91. Aaron Wilson September 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    J.C. Ryle

  92. Nancy L September 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    Lately, it has been Spurgeon. Though I am discovering more gems of Owen and Calvin.

  93. Laura September 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I’m hoping to ‘throw my name in the hat’ to win the current giveaway, but I can’t find the hat.
    My name is Laura, and I have subscribed on Facebook : )

  94. fixyoureyes September 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    It’s hard to choose just one, but I will have to go with J.C. Ryle.

  95. Landon Patterson September 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Jonathan Edwards

  96. Edison September 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    My favorite “old guy” is the ‘prince of preachers’, Charles Spurgeon.

  97. Mark Jicinsky September 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Favorite old guy: my father

  98. Lisa Matheny September 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    Andrew Murray & JC Ryle.

  99. Renee W. September 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    Thomas Watson is my very favorite “old guy”. It is amazing how relevant and clear his writing is. He never fails to speak to me. He is followed by J. C. Ryle and Charles Spurgeon. I feel blessed to be able to read their words.

  100. Roger B. September 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    My favorite old guy is the Bishop J.C. Ryle.

  101. Stacy September 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    favorite… C.S. Lewis and J.C. Ryle. hope to win this book so i can see why lots of ppl love Owen!

  102. Blake Shaw September 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Favorite Old Guy: J.C. Ryle!

  103. Keith D. Jenkins September 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    Guess I’m in both the majority and a decided minority: love Ryle, Tozer, Spurgeon, Owen, MacLaren and John Wesley. Wesley’s passion for holiness and evangelizing the lost were greatly used of God to put me in the ministry.

  104. Scott September 23, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    JC Ryle and Martin Lloyd-Jones

  105. Ken Lau September 23, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Ryle and Spurgeon for me.

  106. Roger Ehrlich September 23, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    Jeremiah Burroughs is my favorite “old guy.” However, there are so many to choose, this is a tough question.

  107. Ray Raley September 23, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Wow. Love many but A.W. Tozer is my most recent read.

  108. scott September 23, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Charles Spurgeon. Does he ever say anything without it being totally cool?

  109. Leah September 23, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    My favorite is whomever I happen to be reading at the moment. But if I really have to limit it to one, I’d say Spurgeon.

  110. Jodie September 23, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    I like Tozer, Spurgeon, and Luther.

  111. Steve Fruendt September 23, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I like Spurgeon alot but I have really been getting to know J.C. Ryle and he is becoming a favorite too.

  112. Janice September 23, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    I agree, how to choose. Currently J.C. Ryle. Get daily quotes and love them.

  113. Tyson September 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Right now my favorite old guy is Jonathan Edwards.

  114. MICHAEL SHIPMAN September 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    With out a doubt, the redwood of the Puritan’s… John Owen! A close second would be Edwards, Baxter, Burroughs, and Spurgeon.

  115. Donnie Manuel September 30, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    I like John Calvin and John Owen. The Theologian and the Prince of Puritans.

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