Now available together in a single volume, these two classics were written by seventeenth-century England’s most famous prisoner of conscience, Baptist John Bunyan (1628-1688). Imprisoned for twelve years for his preaching, he wrote first a dramatic allegory of Christian life and followed it with the compelling story of his own conversion. Both have been beloved by generations of spiritual seekers and still speak powerfully to modern readers.
Pilgrim’s Progress recounts the perilous journey of Christian from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City, and in its second part, follows the journey of his wife, Christiana. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners is Bunyan’s fervent memoir of his own spiritual regeneration. Both works are enduring masterpieces of English prose, uniting the simple power of Biblical language with the vivid bluntness of untutored speech.
About the Author
John Bunyan (1628 1688) was born in Elstow, England,
and his life was spared twice in his early years, something he
believed God had done for a special purpose. In November
1660, when Bunyan arrived to preach in the little town of
Lower Samsell, he was informed that a warrant had been
issued for his arrest. Unwilling to denounce his Christian faith
and his calling to the ministry, he was imprisoned for twelve
years. Among the many writings he published during his
imprisonment are The Holy City, Grace Abounding to the Chief
of Sinners, and the most famous, The Pilgrim's Progress. After
his release, he continued to write and publish stirring works
that have endured through time. Among these classics are The
Holy War, Visions of Heaven and Hell, and Journey to Hell: The
Life and Death of Mr. Badman.
A former publishing executive, John F. Thornton is a literary agent and co-editor of Tongues of Angels, Tongues of Men: A Book of Sermons. He lives in New York City.
Susan B. Varenne holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is a New York City teacher and a freelance writer specializing in religion.