Author(s): John BunyanDownload
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners is one of the great classic autobiographies, part of the Christian tradition of testimony from The Confessions of St. Augustine to Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place. In Grace Abounding, John Bunyan (1628?1688), the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, describes his conviction of sin, his struggles against unbelief, his entrance into the meaning and comfort of the Holy Scriptures, and much more.
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When climbing the great Mt. Everest, the potential climbers study those who have climbed it successfully. The paths taken, the areas where they made camp, the guides that led, and the equipment packed. There is wisdom in observing those who are successful and it applies just as well to the Christian journey. Observing the journey, the traps and snares, and the methods of overcoming them are instrumental means of grace in the believers life. Bunyan, though most famous for his Pilgrim’s progress work, has written his autobiography – explaining his conversion story and the struggles he had. One would do well to mirror much of how Bunyan handled his struggles, both spiritually and intellectually.
“Your righteousness is in heaven.” The book is basically John Bunyan (author of Pilgrim’s Progress), giving an account of his conversion to Christianity, his wrestling with the truth of it and whether or not he himself was truly one of Christ’s people. An autobiography of sorts, it’s the story of the struggle to look upwards and upwards to Christ’s righteousness, rather than inwards. It finishes off with John Bunyan reflecting on his imprisonment in 1660 from his violation of the newly restored Crown’s restrictions around non conformist religious services, that would finally culminate in the 1662 Act of Uniformity. This, like Pilgrim’s Progress, was written in prison.
This is a classic. Definitely recommend it.
John Bunyan was a man like all people who struggled in serving the Lord but led a triumph life because he was committed to following Christ. This was an eye opening book to me in many ways and I loved seeing the mind of Bunyan. Are you discouraged in your walk with the Lord…well, books like these remind me that discouragement doesn’t mean giving up. Bunyan’s life reveals the victory we can have in the Lord, even through the trials! Today his Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the most popular Christian books…not because of his greatness, but of God’s blessing on Bunyan’s faithfulness!
When you hear the word “Puritan”, what do you think about? Black clothes, Legalism, or crabby ol’ men?
If this is what comes to mind, you have never read the Puritans. Instead of learning from the original sources, we normally get our information second hand. That is why the Puritans have such a bad rap. Most people who teach those things about them have never read them.
Far from our caricature of the puritans, they were warm, compassionate, and above all passionate for the Lord. John Bunyan is no exception. In fact he is the rule.
Known for his classic novel, Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan is probably the greatest known Puritan of all time and no one can accuse him of being boring.
Here, we have a sort of autobiography. We see the real life Pilgrim. Bunyan gives us a guided tour of the misery and the joy of a man seeking for God. We see a man crushed by his sin. We see his heart filled with fear that he will die in his sin. We see him find redemption through the Savior.
It is both heartbreaking and joyous. His desperation will melt your heart and his salvation will bring a tear to your eyes. If you have never read the puritans, this is a good place to start. The narrator, Simon Vance, has a wonderful English accent that lends itself to the material.
I had already read this book once but now have had the privilege of listening to the audio version and totally loved it.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I enjoyed this book courtesy of the Christian Audio review program at http://christianaudio.com and received the audio book, free of charge, from ChristianAudio.com and Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
This autobiography of Bunyan’s life is an age-less Christian classic. The first several chapters (probably 75% of the book) is Bunyan’s description of his early struggles with assurance of salvation. He describes in detail the temptations he faced to renounce Christ, and his consistent doubts and spiritual battles. Finally, he comes to assurance (by the amazing grace of God in Christ), and the rest of the book is his description of his ministry and the balance of his life. Despite the many struggles he faced, Bunyan became the greatest preacher of his day and one of the most prolific authors in the history of the English language.
Here is an excerpt:
“Indeed, I have been as one sent to them from the dead; I went myself in chains to preach to them in chains, and carried that fire in my own conscience that I persuaded them to be aware of. I can truly say, and that without dissembling, that when I have been to preach I have gone full of guilt and terror, even to the pulpit-door, and there it hath been taken off, and I have been at liberty in my mind until I have done my work; and then immediately, even before I could get down the pulpit stairs, I have been as bad as I was before, yet God carried me on, but surely with a strong hand, for neither guilt nor hell could take me off my work.”
I was blown away by this book. Bunyan’s description of his journey is life-changing. I’d highly recommend this for anyone struggling with assurance of salvation. It is obviously over 3 centuries old, so the language takes some getting used to. But that task is well worth it.
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