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The Life of John Bunyan   By: (1819-1895)

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Edmund Venables' biographical masterpiece, ‘The Life of John Bunyan,’ is a captivating exploration into the world of one of the most influential and celebrated religious figures of all time. Venables meticulously delves into the depths of Bunyan's life, unearthing a wealth of information and shedding light on the circumstances that shaped him into the remarkable man he became.

The book skillfully paints a vivid portrait of the world in which Bunyan lived, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the social, political, and religious climate of seventeenth-century England. Venables' extensive research is evident in the rich historical backdrop he constructs, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the world that surrounded Bunyan. From the turbulent times of the English Civil War to the oppressive persecution faced by dissenters like Bunyan, Venables expertly sets the stage for the remarkable story that unfolds.

Throughout the pages, Venables masterfully chronicles the events that shaped Bunyan's spiritual journey. From his initial encounter with religious fervor to his eventual conversion, the author provides a profound understanding of Bunyan's inner turmoil and the struggles he faced as he grappled with his faith. Venables' ability to breathe life into Bunyan's thoughts and feelings is truly commendable, as readers are able to empathize with the protagonist and become emotionally invested in his life story.

Furthermore, Venables' portrayal of Bunyan's literary pursuits is an enlightening exploration into the mind of a genius. From his seminal work, ‘The Pilgrim's Progress,’ to his lesser-known writings, the author unveils the depth and breadth of Bunyan's literary accomplishments. Venables' insightful analysis of Bunyan's works provides readers with a newfound appreciation for the enduring legacy of this remarkable author and preacher.

One of the most commendable aspects of Venables' work is his objective and unbiased approach. Despite being a cleric himself, the author avoids any trace of religious fervor, instead presenting historical facts and allowing readers to form their own opinions. This neutrality adds credibility and enhances the overall impact of the book, transcending the scope of a mere biography and evolving into a compelling social critique.

In conclusion, ‘The Life of John Bunyan’ by Edmund Venables is an exceptional biography that illuminates the life and legacy of a man who defied societal norms and left an indelible mark on religious history. Venables' meticulous research, coupled with his eloquent prose, creates a captivating narrative that is sure to engage and inspire readers. Whether one is familiar with John Bunyan or discovering him for the first time, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand the life of a true visionary.

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THE LIFE OF JOHN BUNYAN by Edmund Venables, M.A.


John Bunyan, the author of the book which has probably passed through more editions, had a greater number of readers, and been translated into more languages than any other book in the English tongue, was born in the parish of Elstow, in Bedfordshire, in the latter part of the year 1628, and was baptized in the parish church of the village on the last day of November of that year.

The year of John Bunyan's birth was a momentous one both for the nation and for the Church of England. Charles I., by the extorted assent to the Petition of Right, had begun reluctantly to strip himself of the irresponsible authority he had claimed, and had taken the first step in the struggle between King and Parliament which ended in the House of Commons seating itself in the place of the Sovereign. Wentworth (better known as Lord Strafford) had finally left the Commons, baffled in his nobly conceived but vain hope of reconciling the monarch and his people, and having accepted a peerage and the promise of the Presidency of the Council of the North, was foreshadowing his policy of "Thorough," which was destined to bring both his own head and that of his weak master to the block. The Remonstrance of Parliament against the toleration of Roman Catholics and the growth of Arminianism, had been presented to the indignant king, who, wilfully blinded, had replied to it by the promotion to high and lucrative posts in the Church of the very men against whom it was chiefly directed... Continue reading book >>

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