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GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS: In a Faithful Account of the Life and Death of John Bunyan

by Bunyan, John

Condition: Very Good


John Bear, Lancaster:, 1843 pp. 188. 16mo. 140mm. Original publisher's pictorial full maroonish-orange cloth binding decorated in blind and with a small decorative design on the front board in gilt. Spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Cover gilt and spine gilt is bright. All text edges gilt. Spine faded with some wear to head and base of spine. Boards faded around edges. Corners bumped. Contents clean. Hardbound. Very Good. Gift inscription on inside flyleaf 'John jh. Ruth, Rothsville, Pa.' These small volumes were typically given as gifts. During the Civil War era their small size made them perfect for taking to camp or into the battlefield. John Bunyan (1628-1688) was an English writer and Puritan preacher best remembered as the author of the Christian allegory The 'Pilgrim's Progress.' In addition to The Pilgrim's Progress, Bunyan wrote nearly sixty titles, many of them expanded sermons. Bunyan came from the village of Elstow, near Bedford. He had some schooling and at the age of sixteen joined the Parliamentary army during the first stage of the English Civil War. After three years in the army he returned to Elstow and took up the trade of tinker, which he had learned from his father. He became interested in religion after his marriage, attending first the parish church and then joining the Bedford Meeting, a nonconformist group in Bedford, and becoming a preacher. After the restoration of the monarch, when the freedom of nonconformists was curtailed, Bunyan was arrested and spent the next twelve years in jail as he refused to give up preaching. During this time he wrote a spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, and began work on his most famous book, The Pilgrim's Progress, which was not published until some years after his release. NW51. Hardcover. Very Good.

In an age when religious radicalism was regarded as socially subversive, Bunyan's Grace Abounding describes the spiritual regeneration of one who came from 'that rank that is meanest and most despised'. God and Satan are the chief protagonists in Bunyan's drama: they exist not as theological concepts but as terrifyingly immediate adversaries in the competition for Bunyan's soul. 'What care I,' says Satan to Bunyan, 'though I be seven years in chilling your heart, if I can do it at last?' Bunyan finds his spiritual defences not so much in God as in the Bible, and Grace Abounding charts his passionate and imaginative involvement with this ultimate source of spiritual wisdom.




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