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"My grace is sufficient for thee" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Before Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan wrote Grace Abounding-from his jail cell. John was not imprisoned for his youthful rebellion, but for preaching the gospel after he heard a word from God.
"For though, as yet, I was nothing but a poor painted hypocrite, yet I loved to be talked of as one that was truly godly."
For many years, John-like all Christians-struggled with his sinful nature. In Grace Abounding, he honestly declares his shortcomings, and knows that he must overcome them to fulfill his destiny.
"But one morning, when I was again at prayer,
and trembling under the fear of this,
that no word of God could help me,
that piece of a sentence darted in upon me,
'My grace is sufficient.'"
Throughout John's life he realized how vulnerable he was, and how great God's grace is.
First, I confessed I was fallen, but not fallen away….
Secondly, I confessed that I had put Jesus Christ to shame by my sin,
but not to open shame….
Discover God's abounding grace for you through this classic work that has guided countless many over the past 300 years.
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- ASIN : B0085NUBQ2
- Publisher : Destiny Image (July 28, 2011)
- Publication date : July 28, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 376 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 176 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 154251973X
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,572 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Just over half way through the book, Bunyan surrenders to the will of God in his life. He finally and fully grasp that the grace of God was truly sufficient. Then his heart is set aflame to share this grace with others and he becomes one of the great preachers and writers of all time, even though he goes on to spend a dozen years confined to prison for preaching contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Personally, it was interesting to see the cultural battle Bunyan faced at the time looking back from my vantage 500 years later to see that America is the beneficiary of his great struggles with the prevailing church of the day. As Bunyan sat in prison, he wrote about the great journey from a metal worker to a pastor of the gospel of Christ - in allegory form for the Pilgrim's Progress and in autobiographical form in Grace Abounding.
I can understand why many believe this book is a classic - the thoughts and insights that Bunyan has into the Word of God were profound and significant. It was amazing to read how Scripture flowed through his mind irrigating every thought so that his life bore much fruit. I wouldn't recommend the book to a younger reader, it is a difficult read, but well worth the effort.
We live in a day of easy believism where we are told to just pray this prayer and you are in. Then I read the testimony of great spiritual giants like John Bunyan and Charles Spurgeon, and how they struggled to enter the kingdom and it makes me think we may just have things turned upside down in the world today. John Bunyan struggled through the first half of this book claiming that satan was whispering lies into his ears. I'm thinking that satan is still whispering lies into our ears, only we are believing them!
Don't quit at half way through, it gets better! The last half gives details of his ministry, arrest and imprisonment. There is another edition of this book that has 25% more material in it. I would recommend finding that edition. I looked for it by clicking, in My Account, on the actual book, but is said that link no longer worked. It even includes the accounts of when he and his wife went before authorities trying to get him released. Also someone else included a short account of his last years of ministry and his death. Sorry I can't find it for you!
John Bunyan's autobiography is almost solely focused around how he became a Christian, and then how he defended himself against the Church of England after he became a follower of Jesus Christ.
At times Bunyan's account of his struggle with his self-doubts about whether God would ever receive a sinner such as himself are absolutely heart-wrenching. He clung so desperately to the Scriptures that said God wanted to forgive him, and yet beat himself up with other Scriptures that talked about the vileness of sin. He felt that his sin had so wounded God, that he was unsure if he could ever be forgiven.
In a way, I found this quite refreshing. It reminded me of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's warning against "cheap grace," where far too many people trivialize the high price Christ paid on the Cross. But John Bunyan acutely felt his sin.
So once he finally received God's forgiveness, he was a changed man who wanted to tell the world about his Savior. Unfortunately for the time in which he lived, his message of salvation wasn't "sanctioned" by the Church of England, which landed him in jail for over a decade. The second-half of his autobiography is a play-by-play account of his interaction with the judges who tried and sentenced him. In this account, we read the words of a man who thoroughly knew Scripture, and knew how to use it!
It's a fascinating biography, which I think any reader will enjoy.
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