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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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Pilgrim’s Progress was published 9/28/1678.  It is THE Classic Christian, man-penned book.  Even if you are not a Believer in Jesus you owe it to your education to read it.  No book other than the Bible had such a wide influence in the past.  Illusions are found in many other writings. 

Written by John Bunyan, born 11/28/1628, died 8/31/1688 (note all the 8’s in his life).

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As so I penned It down, until at last it came to be,

For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, Apology for his Book

 

Dark as pitch.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. I

 

The name of the Sloughwas Despond.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. I

 

He that is down needs fear no fall He that is low, no pride.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. II

 

Saint abroad, and a devil at home.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. I

 

Every fat (vat) must stand upon its bottom.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. I

 

Know, prudent cautious self-control Is wisdom’s root.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. II

 

Nae man can tether time nor tide.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. II

 

It beareth the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where it is kept is “lighter than vanity.”
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. I

 

John Bunyan, (it is said) published on this date9/28/1678, his famous Pilgrim’s Progress. 

(Note: It was licensed in February but may well not have been published till September.)

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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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There was a man, Bunyan, by name,

Twelve years imprisoned – England’s shame.

In jail, his pen found a story,

The world’s greatest allegory,

Pilgrim’s Progress preserves his fame.

          – eab, 2/10/10

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He…that hath his portion first must needs have a time to spend it; he that hath his portion last must have it lastingly.  Ch.2

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 22.

 

To back is nothing but death; to go forward is fear of death and life everlasting beyond it; I will yet go forward. Ch.3  

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 26.

 

The end of the world is compared to our harvest; and you  know men at harvest regard nothing but fruit. Ch.5

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 42.

 

…According to the strength or weakness of his faith in his Saviour so is his joy and peace so is his love to holiness so are his desires to know Him more and also to serve Him in this world. Ch.5

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 43.

 

John Bunyan on this date 8/18/1688, preached his last sermon in London.  Bunyan gave the world one of its greatest books (perhaps 2nd only to the Bible).  John was born in November 1628 at Elstow, near Bedford, England.

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