A Brief History of P&R

In 1930, Samuel G. Craig and sev­eral oth­ers includ­ing J. Gre­sham Machen and James Schrader, founded a new pub­lish­ing com­pany — Pres­by­ter­ian and Reformed Pub­lish­ing. P&R started out by pub­lish­ing a peri­od­i­cal called Chris­tian­ity Today. Later, P&R began pub­lish­ing books when Samuel Craig’s best friend, Oswald T. Allis needed a pub­lisher for his two manuscripts.

Below, the first two books pub­lished by P&R and writ­ten by author Oswald T. Allis: The Five Books of Moses (Left), Oswald Allis (cen­ter), and Prophecy and the Church (right):

Dr. Allis had two man­u­scripts ready for pub­li­ca­tion: his author­i­ta­tive defense of the Mosaic author­ship of the Pen­ta­teuch, The Five Books of Moses, and Prophecy and the Church, a clas­sic cri­tique of dis­pen­sa­tion­al­ism . . . Dr. Allis, hav­ing some dif­fi­culty find­ing a suit­able pub­lisher, dis­cussed the prob­lem with my father . . . At some time in their dis­cus­sion they became aware that the char­ter and bylaws of Chris­tian­ity Today were broad enough to per­mit the pub­li­ca­tion of books. So as an exper­i­ment it was decided to pub­lish these two books. The result was highly grat­i­fy­ing and the Pres­by­ter­ian and Reformed Pub­lish­ing Com­pany was on its way.”

—Charles H. Craig, son of Samuel G. Craig


Today we have over 600 titles in print and have an esti­mated 50 new titles per year. The fol­low­ing are the sub­ject areas of P&R’s books:

  • Apolo­get­ics & Evangelism
  • Bible Study
  • Bib­li­cal Reference
  • Chris­t­ian Living
  • Church Min­istry
  • Coun­sel­ing
  • Reformed Tra­di­tions
  • The­ol­ogy
  • Women’s Resources
  • World­view & Ethics
  • Youth & Fiction

Below, Samuel G. Craig (Left) and Charles H. Craig (Right).


The Unfolding Mystery—25th Anniversary Edition

P&R released a new edi­tion of The Unfold­ing Mys­tery, now with study and appli­ca­tion ques­tions by Eowyn Jones Stod­dard, the author’s granddaughter.

Have you ever won­dered what Christ said to his dis­ci­ples on the Emmaus road—making their hearts burn? Fol­low Ed Clowney through the Old Tes­ta­ment as he shows how all the Scrip­tures point to Christ. As you explore Old Tes­ta­ment char­ac­ters and events, you’ll be inspired by the many spe­cific insights they give us into Jesus’ char­ac­ter and lordship.


Dr. Clowney’s admirable treat­ment should be greatly val­ued . . . Expect your heart to be stirred, as well as your head cleared.”

- J. I. Packer, Board of Gov­er­nors’ Pro­fes­sor of The­ol­ogy, Regent Col­lege, Van­cou­ver, British Columbia

Edmund Clowney has guided thou­sands of read­ers along the same path through the Old Tes­ta­ment on which Jesus led [two down­cast dis­ci­ples], replac­ing shat­tered dreams with con­fi­dent joy.”

- Den­nis E. John­son, Pro­fes­sor of Prac­ti­cal The­ol­ogy, West­min­ster Sem­i­nary California

This won­der­ful book is both a fit­ting legacy for [Clowney] and an inspir­ing intro­duc­tion to his work for a new gen­er­a­tion of Christians.”

- Iain M. Duguid, Pro­fes­sor of Bib­li­cal and Reli­gious Stud­ies, Grove City Col­lege, Grove City, Pennsylvania

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Edmund Clowney was an influ­en­tial pas­tor, the­olo­gian, and edu­ca­tor, both in church set­tings and sev­eral lead­ing sem­i­nar­ies. The author of acclaimed works such as The Unfold­ing Mys­tery, Dr. Clowney com­pleted How Jesus Trans­forms the Ten Com­mand­ments shortly before his death in 2005.

Now Available: Extravagant Grace by Barbara Duguid

Why do Christians—even mature Christians—still sin so often? Why doesn’t God set us free? We seem to notice more sin in our lives all the time, and we won­der if our progress is a con­stant dis­ap­point­ment to God. Where is the joy and peace we read about in the Bible?

Bar­bara Duguid turns to the writ­ings of John New­ton to teach us God’s pur­pose for our fail­ure and guilt—and to help us adjust our expec­ta­tions of our­selves. Her empa­thetic, hon­est approach lifts our focus from our own per­for­mance back to the God who is big­ger than our failures—and who uses them for his glory. Redis­cover how God’s extrav­a­gant grace makes the gospel once again feel like the good news it truly is!


If you desire to fol­low Jesus but still feel like such a sin­ner, this is the per­fect book for you.“ ~ Edward T. Welch, author of When Peo­ple Are Big and God Is Small, Addic­tions: A Ban­quet in the Grave, and Blame It on the Brain?

I can­not com­mend this book enough. We need more and more books like this that remind us that the focus of the Chris­t­ian faith is not the life of the Chris­t­ian, but Christ.“ ~ Tul­lian Tchivid­jian, Pas­tor of Coral Ridge Pres­by­ter­ian Church and author of Jesus + Noth­ing = Everything

Buy this book. Buy one for a friend and live in the free­dom that only the good news of the gospel can bring.“ ~ Elyse Fitz­patrick, author of Idols of the Heart

Barb tells the story of God’s unre­lent­ing com­pas­sion toward sin­ners like us with pro­found wis­dom.“ ~ Michael Hor­ton, J. Gre­sham Machen Pro­fes­sor of Sys­tem­atic The­ol­ogy and Apolo­get­ics, West­min­ster Sem­i­nary California

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Read more about Extrav­a­gant Grace on P&R’s web­site by click­ing here.

Bar­bara Duguid is a coun­selor and min­istry assis­tant at Christ Pres­by­ter­ian Church (ARP) in Grove City, Penn­syl­va­nia, where she crafts the weekly liturgy. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of six chil­dren, and she holds an advanced cer­tifi­cate in bib­li­cal coun­sel­ing from the Chris­t­ian Coun­sel­ing and Edu­ca­tional Foun­da­tion in Glen­side, Pennsylvania.


Just In: Housewife Theologian by Aimee Byrd

This book is for women—for all women who want to explore beneath the super­fi­cial and get to know God, and them­selves, better.

While striv­ing to find mean­ing amid the mun­dane and ordi­nary, many women find them­selves swal­lowed up by culture’s expec­ta­tions, try­ing to escape the labels that trap and define them. But Aimee Byrd is deter­mined to reclaim terms like house­wife, which have divided many women, to unite them instead in their com­mon calling.

What is this call­ing, and how can women rise above what the world offers? By tak­ing back another term—the­olo­gian—and know­ing God inti­mately. Aimee will help you eval­u­ate your Chris­t­ian life and see your world from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. Great for jour­nal­ing and for group discussion.

What are people saying about Aimee's book?

Aimee Byrd has cre­ated a resource that will ben­e­fit women tremen­dously. . . [and] will cer­tainly facil­i­tate some fan­tas­tic dis­cus­sions in your small groups.”

- Glo­ria Fur­man, author of Glimpses of Grace: Trea­sur­ing the Gospel in Your Home

With wis­dom, warmth, and wit, Aimee chal­lenges women to think bib­li­cally about all of life. She con­nects sound doc­trine to daily life in a way that inspires us to inten­tion­ally live out the gospel.”

- Susan Hunt, Author and Women’s Min­istry Con­sul­tant, Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion and Pub­li­ca­tions, Pres­by­ter­ian Church in America

Aimee Byrd turns the word house­wife on its head, bring­ing it back to life.”

- Tril­lia New­bell, author, writer, Edi­tor of Karis, the Women’s Chan­nel at The Coun­cil on Bib­li­cal Man­hood and Womanhood

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Aimee Byrd is just an ordi­nary mom of three liv­ing in Mar­tins­burg, West Vir­ginia. Aside from that amaz­ing gig, Aimee has made a fool of her­self in mar­tial arts train­ing, sur­vived col­lege, dab­bled in ceram­ics, owned a cof­fee shop, braved lead­ing the youth group with her hus­band, become a Bible study teacher and blog­ger, and done a lit­tle speak­ing on the side. Since her children’s sched­ules have majorly cut into her social life, she has resorted to writing.

Inter­ested in Aimee’s blog?  Check it out here!

New Series Release — Christian Answers to Hard Questions


When faced with hard ques­tions, how do you even begin to answer? Part­nered with West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, P&R Pub­lish­ing presents its new book­let series which kicks-off with 6 new book­lets. Rang­ing from 32–48 pages, these book­lets include bib­li­cal and schol­arly rea­son­ing from authors who have been address­ing these hard ques­tions for years. Writ­ten to equip and strengthen laypeo­ple in their defense of the faith, Chris­t­ian Answers to Hard Ques­tions chal­lenges con­tem­po­rary oppo­si­tion to Chris­tian­ity with con­cise, prac­ti­cal answers. Be on the look­out for upcom­ing book­lets in the series!

Chris­t­ian Inter­pre­ta­tions of Gen­e­sis 1 by Vern S. Poythress

Sev­eral inter­pre­ta­tions of Gen­e­sis and sci­en­tific evi­dence endeavor to demon­strate har­mony: among them young-earth cre­ation­ism, mature cre­ation, the day-age the­ory, the analogical-day the­ory, and the frame­work hypoth­e­sis. Vern Poythress explores which is best.

Chris­tian­ity and the Role of Phi­los­o­phy by K. Scott Oliphint

The role of phi­los­o­phy must be sub­servient to the­ol­ogy,” says Scott Oliphint, who demon­strates that it is only when we begin with God and his Word that we engage in true philosophy.

Cre­ation, Evo­lu­tion, and Intel­li­gent Design by Gon­za­lez & Richards

What are cre­ation­ism, evo­lu­tion, and intel­li­gent design really about? Has mate­ri­al­ism dis­placed God as the best expla­na­tion for our exis­tence? Jay Richards and Guillermo Gon­za­les serve up a guide for the perplexed.

Should You Believe in God? by K. Scott Oliphint

Peo­ple increas­ingly demon­strate a dis­be­lief in God. In a con­ver­sa­tional style, apol­o­gist Scott Oliphint dis­cusses why belief is still a prefer­able and more coher­ent posi­tion than unbe­lief and answers com­mon objec­tions to Chris­t­ian belief.


The Moral­ity of God in the Old Tes­ta­ment by G. K. Beale

Can God be morally good if he com­manded the Israelites to exter­mi­nate the Canaan­ites? G. K. Beale tack­les trou­bling pas­sages in the Old Tes­ta­ment to show that Scrip­ture can be true and God still good.


Was Jesus Really Born of a Vir­gin? by Bran­don D. Crowe

Do you know why the vir­gin birth of Christ is a sig­nif­i­cant doc­trine? Seven objec­tions to the vir­gin birth are con­sid­ered, along with an inves­ti­ga­tion of the rel­e­vant bib­li­cal texts.


Price: $4.99 per book­let Pages: Range between 32 and 48 pages each Bind­ing: Paper
Series Edi­tors: Peter A. Lill­back and Steven T. Huff