John Bunyan (1628-1688) was born in Harrowden, Elstow, England. Early he was a tinker who followed in his father's occupation. He had years of vain pleasures followed by law abiding religiosity. After he struggled in his thinking, Bunyan became a true Christian and was baptized in 1653. His natural gift for preaching became evident, and his ordination was by popular demand. His conviction to preach was at whatever the cost and in 1660 he was imprisoned for 12 years for preaching without a license. He is a favorite among the Puritans and was an ambitious writer with over 60 works to his name, including the famous "The Pilgrim's Progress."
John Bunyan Family and Friends:
Other spellings of Bunyan: Bonyon, Bonnionn, Buingnon, Bunyun, Buniun, Boynon, Binyan.
Father – Thomas Bunyan – a whitesmith (made pots, kettles and tools) who taught the trade to John Bunyan.
Father's Wife #1 – Anne Pinney – died childless.
Mother – Margaret Bentley - died when John was 16. A resident of Elstow as well.
Father's Wife #3 – married very soon after Margaret's death.
John Bunyan's Wife #1 – not much known, but a spiritual influence.
John Bunyan's Wife #2 – Elizabeth.
Children (1st wife) –
- Mary – a blind child, died before her father.
- Elizabeth – married Gilbert Ashley, a miller.
- John – brazier.
Children (2nd wife) –
- Sarah – married William Browne. John's only descendants came from this marriage.
Brother – William.
Sister – Margaret - died right after her mother.
Aunt (Maternal) Rose Bentley (Margaret's sister) married Edward Bunyan (Thomas' brother).
Uncle (Paternal) Edward Bunyan (Thomas' brother).
Aunt (Paternal) Elizabeth – married Thomas Watson.
Grandfather (Maternal) - William Bentley.
Grandmother (Maternal) - Mary Goodwin.
Grandfather (Paternal) - Thomas Bunyan.
Grandmother (Paternal) - Elizabeth Leigh.
Grandmother (Paternal) - Anne.
- Charles Doe – close friend who published some of Bunyan's works.
- John Gifford – Pastor John Bunyan heard in his early days.
John Bunyan's Book list:
- Acceptable Sacrifice (The); or, The excellency of a broken heart: showing the nature signs and proper effects of a contrite heart.
- An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
- An Exposition on the First Ten Chapters of Genesis, and part of the eleventh. An unfinished commentary, found among the author's papers after death.
- Barren Fig-Tree (The); or, the doom and the downfall of the fruitless professor: showing that the day of grace may be passed with him long before his life is ended—the signs by which such miserable mortals may be known. A treatise founded upon Luke 13:6–9.
- Book for Boys and Girls (A); or, temporal things spiritualized.
- Bunyan on the Terms of Communion, and Fellowship of Christians, at the Table of the Lord: comprising I. His confession of faith, and reason of his practice. II. Differences about water baptism, no bar to communion; and III. Peaceable principals and true.
- Bunyan's Last Sermon. Which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God. John 1:13.
- Bunyan's Prison Meditations; directed to the hearts of suffering saints and reigning sinners.
- Case of Conscience Resolved (A); whether in the church it is the duty of women to separate themselves, and worship without their men.
- Caution to Stir up to Watch Against Sin (A): A poem.
- Christ a Complete Saviour; or intercession of Christ and who are privileged in it.
- Christian Behaviour; being the fruits of true Christianity; teaching husbands, wives, parents, children, masters, and servants, how to walk so as to please God.
- Come and Welcome, To Jesus Christ; or, a plain and profitable discourse on John 6:37: showing the cause truth and manner of the coming of a sinner to Jesus Christ; with his happy reception and blessed entertainment.
- Defence of the Doctrine of Justification by Faith in Jesus Christ (A); showing, that true gospel holiness flows from hence; or Mr. Fowler's pretended design of Christianity proved to be nothing more than a trample under foot the blood of the Son of God.
- Desire of the Righteous Granted (The); or, A discourse of the righteous man's desires. From Proverbs 11:23 and 10:24.
- Discourse of the Building, Nature, Excellency, and Government of the House of God (A), with counsels and directions to the inhabitants thereof.
- Discourse of the House of the Forest of Lebanon (A), showing it to be typical of spiritual things.
- Discourse Touching Prayer (A); wherein is briefly discovered, 1. What prayer is, 2. What it is to pray with the Spirit, 3. What it is to pray with the Spirit, and with the understanding also.
- Discourse Upon the Pharisee and the Publican (A); Wherein is handled these great and weighty things; the nature of prayer; of obedience to the law; how far it obliges Christians, and wherein it consists.
- Doctrine of the Law and Grace Unfolded; or, a discourse touching the law and grace; the nature of the one, and the nature of the other; showing what they are, as they are the two covenants; and likewise, who they be, and what their conditions are, that be under either of these two covenants: wherein, for the better understanding of the reader, there are several questions answered touching the law and grace, very easy to be read, and as easy to be understood, by those that are the sons of wisdom, the children of the second covenant.
- Ebal and Gerizim; or, the blessing and the curse: being a short exhortation to sinners by the mercy and severity of God. A poem.
- Few Sighs from Hell (A) — A few sighs from hell, or the groans of the damned soul. An exposition of the parable of the rich man and the beggar; wherein is discovered the lamentable state of the damned; their cries, their desires in their distresses, with the determination of God upon them; a good warning word to sinners both old and young, to take into consideration betimes, and to seek, by faith in Jesus Christ, to avoid, lest they come into the same place of torment; also a brief discourse touching the profitableness of the scriptures for our own instruction, in the way of righteousness, according to the tendency of the said parable.
- Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners; or a brief and faithful relation of the exceeding mercy of God in Christ to his poor servant John Bunyan; wherein particularly showed the manner of his conversion, his sight and trouble for sin, his dreadful temptations, and how he despaired of God's mercy, and how the Lord at length through Christ did deliver him from all the guilt and terror that lay upon him. Where unto is added a brief relation of his call to the work of the ministry, of his temptations therein, as also what he hath met with in prison. All which was written by his own hand there, and now published for the support of the weak and tempted people of God.
- Greatness of the Soul (The), and unspeakableness of the loss thereof; with the causes of the losing it. First preached at Pinner's Hall, and now enlarged and published for good.
- Heavenly Footman (The); or, a description of the man that gets to heaven, together with the way he runs in, the marks he goes by; also some directions how to run so as to obtain.
- Holy City (The) or The New Jerusalem, wherein its goodly light, walks gates, angels, and the manner of their standing, are expounded; also her length and breath, together with the golden measuring-reed explained, and the glory of all unfolded; as also the numerousness of its inhabitants, and what the tree and water of life are, by which they are sustained.
- Holy Life the Beauty of Christianity (A); or, an exhortation of Christians to be holy. Holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever. Psalm 93:5.
- Holy War (The) made by Shaddai upon Diabolis, for the regaining of the metropolis of the world; or, the losing and taking again of the town of Mansoul.
- Israel's Hope Encouraged; or, What hope is, and how distinguished from faith, with encouragements for a hoping people.
- Jerusalem Sinner Saved (The); or good news for the vilest of men, being an help for despairing souls: showing that Jesus Christ would have mercy in the first place offered to the biggest sinners. To which is added, an answer to those grand objections that lie in the way of them that would believe. For the comfort of those that fear they have sinner against the Holy Ghost.
- John Bunyan's Catechism, called Instructions for the Ignorant: being a salve to cure the great want of knowledge which so much reigns both in young and old. Presented in a plain dialogue, fitted to the capacity of the weakest. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6.
- Life and Death of Mr. Badman (The), presented to the world in a familiar dialogue between Mr. Wiseman and Mr. Badman.
- Light for Them that Sit in Darkness; or, A discourse of Jesus Christ, and that he undertook to accomplish, by himself, the eternal redemption of sinners. Also how the Lord Jesus addressed himself to this work: with undeniable demonstrations that he performed the same. Objections to the contrary answered.
- Of Antichrist and his Ruin; and of the slaying of the witnesses.
- Of Justification by an Imputed Righteousness; or, no way to heaven but by Jesus Christ.
- Of the Law and a Christian. The Christian released from the law as it thundereth from Sinai, by faith in Christ, yet we must obey it in love as holy, just, and good.
- Of the Trinity and the Christian. How a young or shaken Christian should demean himself under the weighty thoughts of the doctrine of the trinity, or plurality of persons in the eternal Godhead.
- On the Love of Christ: A short poem.
- One Thing is Needful; or serious meditation upon the four last things—death, judgment, heaven, and hell. A poem.
- Paul's Departure and Crown; or, An exposition upon 2 Timothy 4:6–8.
- Pilgrim's Progress (The) from this world to that which is to come: delivered under a similitude of a dream.
- Questions about the Nature and Perpetuity of the Seventh-day Sabbath; and proof that the first day of the week is the Christian Sabbath.
- Reprobation Asserted; or, The doctrine of eternal election and reprobation promiscuously handled; wherein the most material objections made by the opposers of this doctrine are fully answered, several doubts removed, and sundry cases of conscience resolved.
- Resurrection of the Dead, and Eternal Judgment (The); or, The truth of the resurrection of the bodies, both good and bad, at the last day, asserted, and proved by God's word; also, the manner and order of their coming forth of their graves; as also, with what bodies they do arise; together with a discourse of the last judgment, and the final conclusion of the whole world.
- Saint's Knowledge of Christ's Love (The); or, The unsearchable riches of Christ, on Ephesians 3:18, 19.
- Saint's Privilege and Profit (The); or, The throne of grace.
- Saved by Grace; or, A discourse of the grace of God. Showing I. What it is to be saved; II. What it is to be saved by grace; III. Who they are that are saved by grace; IV. How it appears they are saved by grace; V. What should be the reason that God should choose to save sinners by grace, rather by any other means.
- Scriptural Poems; being several potions of scripture digested into English verse.
- Seasonable Counsel; or, Advice to Sufferers from 1 Peter 4:19.
- Solomon's Temple Spiritualized; or gospel; light fetched out of the temple at Jerusalem, to let us more easily into the glory of the New Testament truth.
- Some Gospel Truths Opened According to the Scriptures; or, The divine and human nature of Christ Jesus; his coming into the world, his righteousness, death, resurrection, ascension, intercession, and second coming to judgment, plainly demonstrated and proved.
- Strait Gate (The); or, Great difficulty of going to heaven, plainly proving, by the scriptures, that not only the rude and profane, but many great professors, will come short of that kingdom.
- Treatise on the Fear of God (A); showing what it is, and how distinguished from that which is not so. Also, whence it comes, who has it, what are the effects, and what the privileges of those that have it in their hearts.
- Vindication of Gospel Truths Opened According to the Scriptures (A); Edward Burroughs confuted by the word of God; preface; distinction between Christ within and Christ without; reasons for errors; five proof that Jesus did appear in the world as the Christ of God; the witness of Richard Spencely, John Burton, and John Child.
- Water of Life (The); A discourse showing the richness and glory of the Grace and Spirit of the Gospel, as set forth in scripture by that term, The Water of Life.
- Work of Jesus Christ as an Advocate (The), clearly explained and largely improved for the benefit of all believers. From 1 John 2:1. This treatise proves that the office of Christ is distinct from his office as intercessor.