John Bunyan (Christian Encounters Series) is a great introduction to the life and times of John Bunyan the famous author of Pilgrims Progress. The book is quite brief, but serves as a great background study on a man who lived through an incredible time in history. As an avid Bunyan fan I am always looking for more material to put into the hands of others to help them understand the literary genius of this ‘simple’ man who wrote one of the most widely read classics in English literature.
The book is not heavy with details, but rather takes a simple, yet scholarly approach to the life of Bunyan. It would be a great biography for energetic middle school students to read. I can see it as a handy companion to read along side of Pilgrim’s Progress which is Bunyan’s most famous work.
If you are looking for a complete biography of John Bunyan, this isn’t it. But if you are looking for an introduction to the life of Bunyan, that isn’t daunting or too challenging, this is it. I see this as being a handy reference book on the life of Bunyan. Speaking as one who has read a few Bunyan biographies and host to a Christian Heritage Conference that centered on the life of Bunyan I wasn’t disappointed to read this book, I was excited that a biography was written on this level to introduce more young minds to the life of a great man.
John Bunyan (Christian Encounters Series) is a great introduction to the life and times of John Bunyan, I highly recommend it. The retail price is $12.00 (paperback), and is available at places like Amazon.com for $8.65. I gave it four stars.
Disclaimer: As a blogger I received a complimentary review copy from the Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program (http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ ). There was no requirement to give it a positive review, just for the reviewer to call it like they see it.