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John Bunyan | The Reformed Reader

John Bunyan | The Reformed ReaderBorn near Bedford, the son of a brazier. He learned to read and write at the village school and was apprenticed to his father's trade. He was drafted into the Parliamentary army between 1644 and 1646 and married the year after. His first wife owned two Puritan religious works that had a profound effect on him. In 1653 he joined a Nonconformist church and his first writings are criticism of the Quakers. His first wife died, leaving four children and he became an itinerant preacher. He married again, probably during 1659. In 1660 he was arrested for preaching without a bishop's license. He was imprisoned for a total of twelve years in Bedford goal. In prison he studied the bible constantly and wrote pamphlets and nine books, including the first part of The Pilgrim's Progress - an allegorical tale which was a major influence on generations of writers. He eventually became Pastor of Bedford and in his later years was able to preach without persecution. He died in London. His writings were very popular despite their complexity.

John Bunyan | The Reformed ReaderI would quote John Bunyan as an instance of what I mean. Read anything of his, and you will see that it is almost like the reading the Bible itself. He had read it till his very soul was saturated with Scripture; and, though his writings are charmingly full of poetry, yet he cannot give us his Pilgrim's Progress—that sweetest of all prose poems—without continually making us feel and say, "Why, this man is a living Bible!" Prick him anywhere—his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is.  —Charles Spurgeon

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Pilgrim's Progress
A Few Sighs From Hell
Of AntiChrist and His Ruin
The Barren Fig Tree
A Book for Boys and Girls or Temporal Things Spiritualized
John Bunyan's Dying Sayings
Christ a Complete Savior, or the Intercession of Christ and Who Are Privileged In It
Christian Behavior

Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ, or a Plain and Profitable Discourse on John 3:17

A Discourse Upon the Pharisee and the Publican
The Holy War
Justification by an Imputed Righteousness or No Way to Heaven But by Jesus Christ
A Discourse Upon the Pharisee and the Publican
Reprobation Asserted
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