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Book Recommendation: Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, by John Bunyan

posted Feb 6, 2013, 1:59 PM by William Masopust   [ updated Feb 6, 2013, 2:00 PM ]

I recently ventured to read this book for the first time. I knew what to expect from a John Bunyan work, for I have read Pilgrim's Progress (a free download on the Books page on this site) a few times. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners takes on the characteristics of Bunyan's unique writing style. It's not a very difficult read, and it's not very long. Simply put, it's an outstanding book.

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners is sort of autobiographical in that it is the first person account of John Bunyan's coming to Christ in salvation and also an account of one of his imprisonments. Bunyan struggled greatly with sin and temptation and was completely convinced that there was no place for him in Heaven. He often wrestled with the twisted words of Satan, or who he referred to as the Tempter. But, through diligent searching through the Scriptures, Bunyan was able to see the power and majesty of the Holy God and trust in His ability to save him and protect him. It's a very compelling story and I was glued to it the whole way through.

If I had to use two Scriptures to describe this book, it would be these:

  1. "We must, through much tribulation, enter into the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22)
  2. " out your own salvation with fear and trembling..." (Philippians 2:12)

Should you be interested in reading Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, you can find it for free in a couple of different formats. If you have an Amazon Kindle, you can download it for free to read on your Kindle. If you don't have a kindle, you can download a free PDF of the book on the Books page on the RCV site.