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John Bunyan's Pilgrim Progress

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 Prisoner Pens Best Seller




English preacher and author John Bunyan’s famous allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress is second only to the Bible in number of copies sold through the ages and throughout the world. Though the life of his family was a severe struggle with poverty, Bunyan's parents were able to send him to school. In his own words, "It pleased God to put it into their hearts to put me to school, to learn me both to read and write." 


Many of Bunyan's books were written during his twelve years in prison. In spite of promises of toleration by the king, old laws against Nonconformists were revived.  Bunyan had been convicted of not attending the Church of England and for holding unlawful meetings. During his imprisonment, his jailers permitted Bunyan to leave jail to preach and he often preached to 40 or 50 inside the jail. The shift in the political winds allowed Bunyan to preach when he was released from prison, only to find himself arrested once again when those winds changed direction. It was during this later imprisonment that Bunyan probably wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress. It was published in 1678 and immediately became a very popular book. Bunyan enjoyed immense influence and became the most well-known Nonconformist in England.


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