Pages from History: John Bunyan – Author of Pilgrim’s Progress is born

John Bunyan

John Bunyan

28 November, 1628: English preacher John Bunyan (d. 31August,1688), author of more than 60 books, including the famous Pilgrim’s Progress, is born in Elston, England.

In 1655, Bunyan was baptized by immersion by Pastor John Gifford of Bedford and called to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bunyan was arrested November 12, 1660, for preaching without the approval of the Anglican Church. He was charged with “teaching men to worship God contrary to the law” and was in jail more than twelve years.

His most well-known work, The Pilgrim’s Progress, was written while in the Bedford jail. During Bunyan’s lifetime there were 100,000 copies circulated in the British isles, besides several editions in North America. It has been continuously in print since its first printing. Bunyan’s remarkable imagery was firmly rooted in the Reformation doctrines of man’s fallen nature, grace, imputation, justification, and the atonement–all of which Bunyan seems to have derived directly from Scripture. ~

John Bunyan’s Works
The Collected Works of John Bunyan was carefully edited by George Offor, first published in 1853 and revised in 1862. These files are from the 1862 edition.

These pdf books can be downloaded at no cost and read for free. It can be accessed at

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