Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners [with Biographical Introduction]
Every Christian needs to read Grace Abounding not just for their own edification, but for their spiritual well-being as well. Bunyan tells it straight and in so doing, challenges everyone to take a hard look at their own standing in Christ. Be sure to pick up a copy of Grace Abounding and rediscover the genius of Bunyan through his own eyes. There was a young woman who seems to have joined his church and was somewhat infatuated with him. At one point she arranged to ride to church with him alone on a single horse. Well, it was quite the conflagration amongst his congregants, and his name was somewhat blackened by the entire incident.
Thank you for your insight. Could you point me to where that is found? I want to know for my own sake. I have not read his biography by A. I am just afraid to read it because it is so old. Introduction I read the book Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners in the first volume of the three volume complete works of Bunyan shown above in the picture. Review Reading this spiritual biography was of great encouragement and blessing to me. The wildly popular book was written in Bedford during Bunyan's time in prison—he was sentenced to twelve years for holding unlicensed church services.
During this time Bunyan also completed an autobiography recounting the story of his own conversion from a life of sin and impiety to one of virtue and spiritual regeneration. He reflects on a sinful youth, and how it led him towards an impious adulthood. Those who read the novel are comforted by Bunyan's honest admission to feelings of despair and doubt; even today, many people can identify with his struggles, and find inspiration in his faith and religious conviction. When I began to read this book, I thought that it would present a balanced assessment of the author's life before and after his conversion.
What I was not prepared for was the depth he described his struggles with sin and the time that led up to his actual conversion. Yet, even after his conversion, his struggles did not end. He even goes into detail over his encounter with his judges and jailors who imprisoned him for what the crown deemed to be illegal meetings that were being conducted outside of the established state church and his abject refusal to comply with the Book of Common Prayer. It's interesting that I was reading this and Blue Like Jazz which is, surprisingly, not nearly as emo as Grace Abounding at the same time, which, while separated by hundreds of years, talks about many of the same doubts and both authors end up at the conclusion that even if they can't have certainty, Jesus is so fair, so lovely, so compelling that it would be worth it to risk everything for and on him, and to say with Job, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.
Oct 05, Andreea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 03, Sharran rated it it was amazing. One of the best books I've ever read. It's probably not for everyone but I think it is certainly for those that have an understanding of the ever present battle in a Christian's life in wrestling with angst and fears. If those with OCD can read it without starting to worry about the same things such as the Bible verses and thoughts he was worried about then I certainly recommend this book for them too.
I think it will help people with OCD see that they are not alone in their thoughts and fears One of the best books I've ever read. I think it will help people with OCD see that they are not alone in their thoughts and fears. I came across this book because of an article about a doctor looking back at John's writings and life believing that John Bunyan had OCD. God Bless John Bunyan for having the courage to write down his soul's sufferings on paper for the edification of the church.
To bring comfort to those who experience tumultuous fears in this world. I didn't realize that this was mostly in autobiographical formate, but it definitely makes this book better. Bunyan mentally wrestles with the balance of the punishment we humans deserve and the grace God gives His elect. I also have experienced a lot of what Bunyan struggled with and I found this book to be a great help in realizing this is something everyone goes through at least once in their lives.
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Nov 16, Scott Marquis rated it really liked it. If ever someone poured out their soul in a book this is it. Bunyan refused to cease from preaching the gospel. For that he found himself in prison for many years. His wife and children including one blind daughter were left alone for well over a decade. Bunyan suffered much, but remained faithful to the Word. As I read Bunyan struggling with and hating his sin, I had to wonder why my hatred of sin isn't as great. Sep 27, Vaughn rated it it was amazing. Amazing book and highly recommended. Sep 01, Jonathan McCarthy rated it it was amazing.
One of my favorite books of all time. This book provides incredible insight into how the devil can work our own minds against us and how God's grace continually prevails. Aug 03, Mark added it. This book is great. The conclusion alone is worth the read for any believer. So many common struggles can be seen.
Jun 23, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can put it no better than Lewis: The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, "What? I thought I was the only one.
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immens I can put it no better than Lewis: It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision - it is then that Friendship is born.
And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude. I can see how some may balk at the style of writing, but being of a similar intense style of thought I found no qualms with it. View all 6 comments. This book accounts the life of John Bunyan. Then rest of the book is his call to ministry, scripts from his appearing before judges in court, and a short postscript on his life after being released from jail.
I prefer the last sections of the book as it is more to the point and thrilling.
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan
His pre-conversation story, although interesting, is so detailed and repetitive, I got bored! The last sections were excellent! Just to hear how firm he was in the face of irrational religious persecution. All glory be to Christ! I recommend this book for Christians struggling with past and present sins.
If you read this book you will know why he calls himself the chief of sinners and how God showed him mercy despite 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 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 Christ 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.
Today his Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most popular Christian books Aug 24, Brian Eshleman rated it really liked it. This work offers refreshing honesty from a spiritual giant. His own thoughts, he admits, make him seek Christ's grace for his own purposes. His own thoughts, he then admits, condemn him for that motive and way him down with the oppression that he can never get beyond his guilt for trying to manipulate God. As he has been honest about that sad state, his joy when rescued by the love of God is palpable. Mar 04, Veronika rated it it was amazing.
2 thoughts on “Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan”
Read it in Czech. I was so blessed by it and it was so helpful to read it during my difficult time of life. I was not able to appreciate his very repetitive and thoroughly intense writing style and yet I marvel at the God who kept him throughout his faith-struggling journey. Here's a few application gems I picked up from this book: Especially those who continually doubt their assurance, seem to loathe in self-pity, and fall in the very same temptations for years.
- Love yourself, know yourself.
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Honestly, if you struggle in being patient like I do, just reading this book i It's a 3. Honestly, if you struggle in being patient like I do, just reading this book is bound to make you at times painfully grow in this area. That was one thing that was striking when reading the book. His conversion story is SO blurry. There are some stronger landmarks in his journey certainly.
Most commonly, I have heard people attribute his conversion story to the time when his pastor preached from Song of Solomon "My love, My love" and how that opened a window of joy in Bunyan. And yet, the feeling of it is still more gray than black and white. You just sense that he was living according to the law and then at some point you happen to realize that the words "gospel" "grace" "love" come back more and more.
This feeling is in stark contrast to so many of our modern and marketable repentance stories. I think that our modern impulse is to belittle the process in favour of the seemingly rock-solid awe-emerging life event. I wonder how many of these events are actually just steps in a much larger process. In other words, I'm wondering how many of these "I prayed the prayer" confessions in Jesus just before church baptism are actually Christians.
Let's continue to urgently invite people to place their faith in Christ without devaluing the importance of process, ie how the Holy Spirit is working in their life. Bunyan might have been overly excessive in this area or too sensitive and yet I wonder.