Through the ages, Christians have communicated to the world through written works of art. The pen, the typewriter, the computer, or the laptop would crank out words that had the reader witness the beauty of a romantic world, the horrors of war, the wonder of nature, the suspenseful mysteries, or the heart stopping feats of valor.
The authors are countless but we will read about their lives and their stories. Their contributions to society are immortalized in their works.
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John Bunyan (November 30, 1628 – August 31, 1688) was an English writer and Puritan preacher best remembered as the author of the Christian allegory The Pilgrim's Progress. In addition to The Pilgrim's Progress, Bunyan wrote nearly sixty titles, many of them expanded sermons.
The Pilgrim's Progress became one of the most published books in the English language; 1,300 editions having been printed by 1938, 250 years after the author's death.
As a child, Bunyan learned his father's trade of tinker and was given some rudimentary schooling. In Grace Abounding (Bunyan's autobiography) Bunyan recorded few details of his upbringing, but he did note how he picked up the habit of swearing (from his father), suffered from nightmares, and read the popular stories of the day in cheap chap-books.
By his own account, Bunyan had as a youth enjoyed bell-ringing, dancing and playing games including on Sunday, which was forbidden by the Puritans, who held a particularly high view of Sunday, called the Lord's Day. One Sunday the vicar of Elstow preached a sermon against Sabbath breaking, and Bunyan took this sermon to heart. That afternoon, as he was playing tip-cat (a game in which a small piece of wood is hit with a bat) on Elstow village green, he heard a voice from the heavens "Wilt thou leave thy sins, and go to Heaven? Or have thy sins, and go to Hell?" The next few years were a time of intense spiritual conflict for Bunyan as he struggled with his doubts and fears over religion and guilt over what he saw as his state of sin. His deep spiritual experience finally led to his conversion.