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I didn’t realize that this was mostly in autobiographical formate, but it definitely makes this book better. I can see gunyan some may balk at the style of writing, but being of a similar intense style of thought I found no qualms with it. Anyway, although I sympathized with the author’s wrestling to understand hrace 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.

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You didn’t have to do that to yourself. His relapses are so frequent that it feels like a cartoon. Jul 27, Daniel Alvers rated it really liked it. It’s interesting that I was reading buynan 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.

Nov 16, Scott Marquis rated it really liked it. Piper was very enthusiastic about John Newton’s pastoral care of Cowper, which was certainly generous grxce gracious, but the man needed a kindly smack upside the head and never received it.

In Grace Abounding, John Bunyan ?

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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

This is an autobiography of the conversion, life, and ministry of John Bunyan. I can put it no better than Lewis: He was also clearly insufficiently attuned to the concerns of his accusers: You will get 15 pages in and decide its abonuding for you, or you will carry on reading and find yourself amazed at the journey God brought this poor tinker through.


His wife and children including one blind daughter were left alone for well over a decade.

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Highly edifying, but challenging to read. 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. One of the best books I’ve ever read. There’s a lot in common and there’s a lot that’s different.

However, to w If you pick up and read this book, one of two things will happen.

Quotes from Grace Abounding t What self-tortures he put himself through rather than simply believing. This work offers refreshing honesty from a spiritual giant. How could somebody think that and sinenrs sane? 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.

This book challenged me to take my life and sin very seriously. I think he might have benefitted from a good shaking and a gruff exhortation to get over himself, look to Jesus, and go do something practical. 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.

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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sure, one mans conversion cannot truly aboundint poorer than another’s choef Heavens perspective.

If ever someone poured out their soul in a book this is it. Be the first to ask a question about Grace Aobunding to the Chief of Sinners.

John Bunyan was a non-conformist English pastor who lived from 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.

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. Bunyan mentally wrestles with the balance of the punishment we humans deserve and the grace God gives His elect.


What if I’m made miserable here and then there’s no reward in heav I loved it at first, I almost quit in the middle, and I loved the end. 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 and the birth of spontaneity and the more public ancient world where people overflow in Psalms when they see the Spirit moving.

Charles Williams says somewhere that Protestants tend to not know how to imagine faith simply, slowly, almost comfortable growing. This book is great.

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan

The one need not alarm, and the other can hardly help, any jihn person. One wishes he had read Richard Hooker. 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: 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.

Grcae 23, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Bunyan’s insanity was such that he devoured Scripture and not only would verses pop into his head saying “take me, take me!

The existential struggle in the middle felt a bit overwhelmingly emo to me am I saved, chife I not, am I saved, am I notbut that’s probably because that’s not really a doubt that’s plagued me personally. Just to hear how firm he was in the face of irrational religious persecution. Mar 19, Donald Owens II rated it liked it. As he experienced the peace and comfort of Christ within himself, he preached the person, grace and benefits of Christ.

Steven Escalera was solid, steady, and unannoying, for which I am grateful.