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  • 64 Works by John Bunyan
  • 10 Books about John Bunyan

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The John Bunyan Collection brings you the best of Bunyan's works, and also includes some of the greatest biographies written about him. With this bundle you will better understand, and learn from, the 17th century author.

John Bunyan (1628-1688), best known as the author of Pilgrim's Progress, was born at Elstow, near Bedford, in 1628. The Bunyan family had been settled in that country since the beginning of the thirteenth century. Thomas Bunyan, his father, was a 'brazier', or tinker, and John was brought up in his father's trade. But after his mother's death in 1644, he enlisted in the army; probably on the side of the Parliament, but as to this there is no direct evidence. In 1646, the army was disbanded; but before that Bunyan had passed through an experience which left a lasting mark on him. “When I was a soldier,” he says, “I with others were drawn out to go to such a place to besiege it; but when I was just ready to go one of the company desired to go in my room, to which when I had consented, he took my place; and coming to the siege, as he stood sentinel he was shot into the head with a musket bullet and died.”

Shortly after this Bunyan married, but nothing is known of his wife's family. With her, Bunyan talked of religion, and read in two books which he names: The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven, by Arthur Dent (first published in 1601), and The Practice of Piety (1612). During the four years he went through a terrible spiritual struggle. In speaking of himself afterwards, he describes himself as the worst of sinners; in which he is known to have indulged is “swearing, lying, and blaspheming”, but from coarser vices he seems to have been free. The fury of his spiritual struggle, and the darkness of his own description of himself, both were due to the strength and depth of his own nature. At last it ended. Those who wish to know how Bunyan came to the light should read his own wonderful story of it.

In 1653, he joined Mr. Gifford's church in Bedford, which then worshiped in St. John's Church, and a year or two later he went to live in that town. He began about this time to preach, and so great was his success that he was set apart more especially for this work. At the Restoration (1660), the pastor of Bunyan's church was dead, and their building was taken from them and given back to the Established Church. On November 12, 1660, Bunyan was arrested for unlicensed preaching; and being again arrested in 1661, and refusing to abstain, he was kept in prison with only one short interval until 1672, when he was released at the Declaration of Indulgence. He spent his time in making many hundred gross of long tagg'd laces', and possibly in other work of the kind. He also preached, and now and again was allowed to go out and attend the meeting of his church, which meet in different houses as best it could. Bunyan wrote and published several books of meditations while in prison; one of which was the most remarkable auto biographies ever written, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. (1666)

In 1672, on his release, Bunyan was chosen minister of the community at Bedford with whom he worshiped, and a barn in Mill Lane was licensed for their meeting place. He seems to have been imprisoned again, in the winter of 1675-6, in the jail on Bedford bridge and there to have composed Pilgrim's Progress (published in 1678). The book at once leaped into fame; it has been republished scores of times, and translated into more than seventy languages. In 1685 the Second Part, dealing with Christiana and her family, was published. The year 1682 saw the issue of the Holy War made by Shaddai upon Diabolus. In 1688 he traveled to London, and there died and was buried in Bunhill Fields.

Of all Bunyan's books, only two are still commonly read, and these will be read as long as the memory of England survives: Pilgrim's Progress and the Holy War. Both are allegories, a droll composition as a rule; but these books are so true to human nature, so full of pictures of life and character, that children enjoy them as stories without understanding, while their elders admire them for other qualities as well.

Products Included In This Bundle

Holy war
By: John Bunyan
Heavenlyfoot
By: John Bunyan
Memoirbunyan
By: John Bunyan
Bunyanshome
By: John Brown
Barrenfigtree
or The Doom and Downfall of the Fruitless Professor
By: John Bunyan
Jerusalemsave
or Good News for the Vilest of Men
By: John Bunyan
Gospelopen
or The Divine and Human Nature of Christ Jesus
By: John Bunyan
Reproassert
By: John Bunyan
Greatnesssoul
and Unspeakable of the Loss Thereof With the Causes of the Losing It
By: John Bunyan
Scrippoems
Being Several Portions of Scripture Digested Into English Verse
By: John Bunyan
Pastorletters
Addressed to Several Members of the Church of Bedford
By: John Bunyan
Thinkertinker
By: William Hamilton Nelson
Lawchrist
Of The Law and a Christian
By: John Bunyan
Lifedeathbadman
Presented to the World in a Familiar Dialogue Between Mr. Wiseman and Mr. Attentive
By: John Bunyan
Bunyanchar
By: Alexander Whyte
Acceptsac
or The Excellency of a Broken Heart
By: John Bunyan
Departcrown
or An Exposition Upon 2 Timothy 4:6-8
By: John Bunyan
Struggler
By: John Bunyan
Graceunfold
or A Discourse Touching the Law and Grace
By: John Bunyan
Antichristruin
And of The Slaying The Witnesses
By: John Bunyan
Christianbehav
By: John Bunyan
Aholybeauty
or An Exhortation to Christians to be Holy
By: John Bunyan
Legacybunyan
The Legacy of John Bunyan
By: W.Y. Fullerton
Thingneedful
or Serious Meditations Upon the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell
By: John Bunyan
Wateroflife
By: John Bunyan
Lifebunyan
By: J. M. Wilson
Justification
or No Way to Heaven but by Jesus Christ
By: John Bunyan
Welcomejesus
or A Plain and Profitable Discourse on John 6:37
By: John Bunyan
Solomontemple
Gospel Light Fetched out of the Temple at Jerusalem, to Let Us More Easily Into the Glory of New Testament Truths
By: John Bunyan
Sighshell
The Groans of the Damned Soul
By: John Bunyan
Lifejohnbunyan
By: Edmund Venables
Straitgate
By: John Bunyan
Naturesabbath
And Proof That the First Day of the Week is the True Christian Sabbath
By: John Bunyan
Ebalgerizzim
By: John Bunyan
Prisonmed
Directed to the Heart of Suffering Saints and Reigning Sinners
By: John Bunyan
Dispharpub
Wherein Several Great and Weighty Things are Handled
By: John Bunyan
Lightforthem
or A Discourse of Jesus Christ
By: John Bunyan
Saintknowledge
or The Unsearchable Riches of Christ
By: John Bunyan
Richesbunyan
Selected from His Works, for The American Tract Society
By: Jeremiah Chaplin
Savedgrace
By: John Bunyan