I started reading Joel Beeke's Meet The Puritans last night. The Puritans are a misunderstood group, even among Christians. The term "puritanical" has come to be a slur, as if seeking holiness and piety in your life is a bad thing. I appreciate much about the Puritans including their devotion to piety and their deep love of Scripture, but I don't know as much about them as I should and I think that outside of a few "Puritan nerds" (ahem, Josh I am talking about you) they are not as respected, read or understood as their works warrant.
The other book I just ordered is The Anabaptist View of the Church. As I have mentioned, I think that the Anabaptists get slandered all the time, especially among my fellow reformed believers. I think some of that has to do, just being honest, with the terribly un-Christian way that many magisterial reformers treated the Anabaptists. It is hard to defend the martyring of the Anabaptists by so many magisterial reformers. There also is a broad brush used that links every Anabaptist with Muenster and the Zwickau prophets which is as dishonest as linking all Lutherans with the ELCA.
I don't expect to find total agreement with either group. I do expect to learn a lot from both, take the good and sort out the not so good as I try to expand beyond the Reformed enclave I have dug for myself. I still cherish the Reformed writers and need to read them more, not less, but I also need to look at the breadth of the church to glean wisdom from men who have come before even if I don't agree with them on every issue.
(Speaking of Reformed books, is anyone familiar with The Teaching of the Epistle to the Hebrews by Geerhardus Vos?)