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John Bunyan was born 11/28/1628, Elston, England.  In 1650 he married a young woman, whose inheritance from her father was just two books; Arthur Dent‘s Plain Man’s Pathway to Heaven and Lewis Bayly‘s Practice of Piety, – these strongly influenced John toward Christ.  Four years later he began to preach and was later arrested for preaching without a license from the established church.  Later still he was imprisoned and remained in the Bedford Jail some 12 years.

Bunyan’s Godly pen produced Pilgrim’s Progress the 2nd most popular book for many decades.  He also wrote Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, The Life and Death of Mr. Badman, The Holy War and The Heavenly Footman.  Bunyan died 8/31/1688.

Bunyan Quotes:

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. ”

“One leak will sink a ship and one sin will destroy a sinner.”

“What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.”

“Though there is not always grace where there is the fear of hell, yet, to be sure, there is no grace where there is no fear of God.”

“He that lives in sin, and looks for happiness hereafter, is like him that soweth cockle and thinks to fill his barn with wheat or barley.”

“Prayer will make a man cease from sin or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer”


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“I preach what I felt and what I smartingly did feel;

even under that which my poor soul did groan and tremble to astonishment.”

            – John Bunyan             


John Bunyan died this date 8/31/1688 at London, England.  He was born at Elstow (near Bedford) in November of 1628.  He married in 1648 but she (uncertain of name) died.  He later (1655) married Elizabeth.  Bunyan was the father of six children.


As is well known, he was imprisoned several times between 1660 – 1672.  His jail time became his writing time, and though moderns can be sorry England jailed him, we can be glad he used his time to write such great material.


Bunyan penned Some Gospel Truths Opened (1656), Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666), Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), and Holy War (1682).  His classic (a true term here, if ever it is true) Pilgrim’s Progress has had an unknown number of printings.  It is said to be been early translated into 70 languages!  No book, except the Bible, was more widely read in its day.


Have you READER, read Pilgrim’s Progress?  If you have not, you are not fully educated, though you hold a Ph.D.

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