- Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
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- From the Archives: The Pilgrim Hymn
Many of his spiritual breakthroughs came when he was meditating on Scripture, but not necessarily reading it. God would bring a certain scripture to his mind when he needed it.
What a humbling picture of a true man of the Word! For Bunyan, every problem or challenge he faced was a theological one.
This is a great book. I particularly liked the last third of the book in which Bunyan discusses his preaching endeavors and imprisonment. His preaching was an overflow of his excitement for the Word, and he describes it as an almost involuntary reaction to his own study and application. Simon Vance, an Englishman, does a great job with the audio version narration, and I highly recommend this book for its theological, biographical, and historical value.
Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work. I received this audiobook for the purpose of writing a review. Narrator Thoughts: His voice was perfect for this role. Steady, yet full of emotion. As I listen he made the book come to life. Almost as if the real John Bunyan had invited me into his living room and was sharing this with me. I enjoyed it very much. Book Thoughts: This was such an encouraging book for me. I've struggled with doubts of my salvation and fears about being close to God.
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
To know that even those that are considered leaders in the church, have struggled and overcome fears, doubts, and attacks of the evil one. In this book, Bunyan express his heart and struggle. He opens up about his deep inner thoughts and how God calmed him and gave him peace. He takes the reader on the journey of healing that God brought about in his life. It's an encouraging and refreshing book. I liked one expression he would us in from time to time. I had to pay attention sometimes to understand what he was saying. But it did give me a good feel for the author and the times in which he lived.
If you would like a copy of this audiobook check out Christian Audio or Amazon. Writing a critique of John Bunyan is akin to questioning Job on his view of suffering. This man is a spiritual giant and wrote a book that has become a classic, a book I grew up with. That will not be the case with many writers today whose words will die with them.
In Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, Bunyan writes of his life before Christ, his conversion and his suffering for his faith. I found it interesting that the section on his imprisonment is quite short.
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If he were writing today we would expect his imprisonment to be the keynote of the book. The longest section of the book, which was about an hour or recorded time, was about his conversion. I admit it was painful for me to hear. For years it seems Bunyan was vexed over his spiritual state. He had doubts about his conversion or whether he could even be saved. I found myself saying "Get over it. Move on" and wondering if he had healthy biblical teaching, had a psychological problem or if I was missing something. I found myself leaning towards my own lack of appreciation for the grace of God.
The book was well read by Simon Vance and his reading took me to Bunyan's time. It would not have been the same if it had been read with an American accent. When you hear the word "Puritan", what do you think about? Black clothes, Legalism, or crabby ol' men? If this is what comes to mind, you have never read the Puritans. Instead of learning from the original sources, we normally get our information second hand.
That is why the Puritans have such a bad rap. Most people who teach those things about them have never read them. Far from our caricature of the puritans, they were warm, compassionate, and above all passionate for the Lord.
John Bunyan is no exception. In fact he is the rule. Known for his classic novel, Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan is probably the greatest known Puritan of all time and no one can accuse him of being boring. Here, we have a sort of autobiography. We see the real life Pilgrim. Bunyan gives us a guided tour of the misery and the joy of a man seeking for God. We see a man crushed by his sin.
We see his heart filled with fear that he will die in his sin. We see him find redemption through the Savior. It is both heartbreaking and joyous. His desperation will melt your heart and his salvation will bring a tear to your eyes. If you have never read the puritans, this is a good place to start.
The narrator, Simon Vance, has a wonderful English accent that lends itself to the material. I had already read this book once but now have had the privilege of listening to the audio version and totally loved it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Generations have been encouraged by this allegory of the Christian life, but few know much about its author.
From the Archives: The Pilgrim Hymn
Bunyan was a Baptist minister in the s who spent much time in prison for operating outside the authority of the state-supported Church of England. Sometime before, in , he wrote an autobiographical account of his journey to faith, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. Much of what he writes centers on his struggle to accept Christ, believing that his sins committed after coming to a knowledge of Christ were unforgivable.
He hoped that his struggle, as well as his ultimate rest in Christ, would be an encouragement to others who may have similar worries about becoming a Christian. EMBED for wordpress. Want more? Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! Publication date Usage Public Domain Topics librivox , literature , audiobook , audio book , Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners , John Bunyan , religion , Christianity , spiritual , autobiography. Read by Stephen Escalera. For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats if available , please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.
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