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Be the first to ask a question about Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. Lists with This Book. Jul 18, Stuart Turton rated it really liked it. If you pick up and read this book, one of two things will happen.

You will get 15 pages in and decide its not for you, or abounving will carry on reading and find yourself amazed at the journey God brought this poor tinker through. I found myself at first thinking something was clinically wrong with Bunyan and maybe there wasbut the more I read I wondered if there wasn’t something wrong with me.

Sure, one mans conversion cannot truly be poorer than another’s from Heavens perspective. However, to w If you pick up and read this book, one of two things will happen.

However, to walk the struggle he walked with him left me rebuked for my thoughts of entitlement and made me thankful once again for Christ’s saving work in my life. Ironically, after such a journey, I reckon Bunyan is the last saint in heaven you’d ever have to convince of Gods election. His story, if left up to him, should have concluded in Hell, but for the intervening and saving grace of God; a grace that also sustained him in the fiery furnace of Christian persecution: Nov 24, Dave added it.

May 17, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: John Bunyan was a non-conformist English pastor who lived from During his years of ministry, he spent approximately 14 years in prison for preaching without a legal license as required by England at the time.

Bunyan first describes his pre-conversion lifestyle and attitude towards the church and Christianity. God used various people and incidents in his life to gradually bring him to true faith and repentance, but not without a long struggle with guilt, doubt, and assurance of salvation. Following his testimony of his conversion, Bunyan gives an account of how he came to be a minister.

At first, he would share his thoughts with acquaintances in small groups, then he was encouraged to speak in meetings, which he felt unworthy but willing to do. He remarks, “I concluded, a little grace, a little love, a little of the true fear of God, is better than all the gifts…Let all men therefore prize a little with the fear of the Lord gifts indeed are desirablebut yet great grace and small gifts are better than great gifts and no grace.


As he experienced the peace and comfort of Christ within himself, he preached the person, johj and benefits of Christ. The humility, pure heart, and godly desires of Aabounding are evident in many ways; consider his concluding remarks for example: When I would do good, evil is present with me.

What self-tortures he put himself through rather than simply believing. I can sympathize, being prone to the same sort of overthinking and navel-gazing, myself, but I confess that I laughed at him a few times. Even he called his thoughts foolish at one point, though I don’t know as he ever learned to laugh at them. Sadly, Cowper never got the better of his doubts, and died in despair. Piper Poor Brother John! Piper was very enthusiastic about John Newton’s pastoral care of Cowper, which was certainly generous and gracious, but the man needed a kindly smack upside the head and never received it.

He needed to learn to laugh at himself. If Bunyan had had a Newton, the latter’s cheerful reasoning might have gracs him out of the slough sooner. And if Newton had had a Bunyan, he’d have needed to og a podiatrist. Anyway, although I sympathized with the author’s wrestling to understand the nature of salvation, it was pretty tedious at times to listen to his prolonged agonies of doubt, as I am sure it’s been tedious for others to listen to mine.

Sorry ’bout that, friends!

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Always a bonus to have one reader throughout a whole book. Steven Escalera was solid, steady, and unannoying, for which I am grateful. What a precious book to me. Very relieving and comforting to know that there are people in time past that have gone through similar, if not, the same conflict of the soul as I have encounter in my spiritual life.

What a blessing of a book. Sep 03, Brian rated it it was ok. The way he got into trouble and the way he got out of trouble were both irrational. The one need not alarm, and the other can hardly help, any sane person.

You didn’t have to do that to yourself. Bunyan makes Luther look like a sane and socially well-adjusted human being. This is morbid introspection on steroids on stilts, and is the most bhnyan thing I have read og, t “Bunyan’s crisis, as anyone can see to-day, was far more pathological than spiritual.

This is morbid introspection on steroids on stilts, and is the most excruciating thing I have read recently, to say the least. His relapses are so frequent that it feels like a cartoon. How could somebody think that and be sane? Then again, being loth and unwilling to perish, I began to compare my sin with others to see if I could find that any of those that were saved, had done as I had done. The grip that despair has on our soul is sometimes really that deep and it seems to have attacked rather than merely depressed Bunyan.

On the other, I would not want this published in a set ov practical Puritan works, because it may make some thing that something along these lines is necessary or sinnerrs a natural or normal part of getting saved.

Not that Bunyan was born saved.

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan

jonn I think he was right to see that he was a poorly educated infidel at first and up to around section 49, he was bunyzn trying to “be good” rather than receiving grace. I’m especially amused that he got worried he couldn’t get saved because of being an Israelite and how he realized that Muslims have just as good a claim to sincere belief as us. His descriptions of being glibly theological are actually really good and really vivid.

The moment he interrupts a bunch of women and gets convicted is an amazing moment of self-discovery that captures so much of life. I suspect we would cheer to see it happen on screen, but I do have one complaint: Whenever some Christians are just living life or discussing some theological matter, no surer way to end a decent conversation or make people, especially established Christians, feel bad is to turn the topic to “spiritual matters,” especially discussions of one’s sins.


I can think of few situations where such a discussion would be profitable. This comes to what I think the real flaw of the book is: Many people who have deeply emotional experiences like Bunyan do in fact think that this has earned their salvation. I’ve been especially guilty of this. We think that because we really meant our prayers, because we really confessed our sins, and because we really trusted in Jesus, we are saved and God is on our side.

Charles Williams says somewhere that Protestants tend jkhn not know how to imagine faith simply, slowly, almost comfortable growing. There’s something to that and this gets at the heart of the issue. We do have quite a few people who go through abnormal excitement and there is a sort of normal excitement that accompanies conversion, and we have to compare both of these things from what happened to the disciples and the Jews, which strikes me as tied up with all the differences between early modernity aboundiing the birth of spontaneity and the more public ancient world where people overflow in Psalms when they see the Spirit moving.

There’s a lot in common and there’s a lot that’s different. I want to read more on this.

Anyway, Bunyan was a good man. A troubled man who doubted himself when he was preaching and would probably have not been a fun pastor, but definitely someone fun to talk to.

He was also clearly insufficiently attuned to the concerns of his accusers: One can see the Evangelist and feel his struggle with understanding what’s wrong with gathering people, and doubtless Judge Hate-Good was no caricature.

One wishes he had read Richard Hooker. Bunyan’s insanity was such that he devoured Scripture and not only would verses pop into his head saying “take me, take me! His Biblical allusions and metaphors are almost as powerful here as in the Pilgrim’s Progress.

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I think one of my favorites was when he compared preaching from the pulpit against one of his own sins to Samson taking himself down with the Jonn. In John Bunyan, one finds a kindred spirit. The author of Pilgrims Progress invites us into his own heart – his very disturbing struggle of faith – for many years he had symptoms of what we today would call OCD – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – thoughts that almost drove him mad.

I was surprised reading this account of the violence of his inner turmoil. Yet, how determined he was to reach that state of resting in Gods grace. How different our individual experience of God. I really enjoyed this book that covered Hcief Bunyan’s life. When you read it you must put yourself into the shoes of the person described and then you will find that the thoughts of this person would probably be the same thoughts of ourselves in salvation, Christian growing, imprisonment, and preaching.

Mar 19, Donald Owens II rated it liked it. This book came highly recommended; often in ‘top ten’ and ‘must read’ lists by theology minded writers and friends. I found it an agony of someone else’s private introspections.