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  • Hardcover: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press & Services Ltd; First edition (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852346808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852346808
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Folland on 17 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a simply yet beautifully written biography of the great John Bunyan and provides an excellent introduction to the man and his works. It largely draws on Bunyan's own "Grace abounding to the chief of sinners." In fact, it goes rather further than that as the momentous times are also portrayed. What also emerges is that the second wife to the widowed Bunyan was a remarkable person in her own right. She miscarries her first child as a result on Bunyan's incarceration, and is left looking after his four children, the eldest being a ten year old blind girl. She is worthy of a book in her own right!

I must confess to be a great admirer of the man, I would strongly advise anybody who hasn't to read the famous Pilgrim's Progress- a book for all generations. The Banner of Truth Edition is particularly good as it contains marginal notes with scriptural references and is a finely produced book. It was a best seller in its day and continued for generations to come- and rightly so. Faith Cook relates how his conversion and subsequent imprisonment helped shape the greatest piece of theological literature to emerge from this country. "Fearless Pilgrim" is an apt title for it sums up the courage Bunyan displayed in his 12 years of imprisonment. One can only marvel that God has used this terrible time in his life to produce so much benefit to so many people.

If this book suceeds in a revival of interest in this mighty man of God and his works it will be a success indeed: I wish the author well- thanks for a fine book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. W. E. Eccles on 3 May 2010
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Faith Cook has done her research and thought carefully how to present John Bunyan's life, with all its trials and tribulations, in an encouraging way. So, this is a well written and easy to read biography. It's ideal for the ordinary Christian believer. The chapters are structured to make the reading manageable and the photographs add interest. It gives 'would be' disciples of Christ a clear insight into John's struggles. It presents the price that he and his family made for Jesus without overlooking the value of them. In so doing it is challenging in our comfort seeking culture. Those wanting to be a true pilgrim will find it inspiring.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Superior Biography 28 Jan. 2009
By Tim Challies - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Faith Cook is beginning to make her mark as a Christian biographer. While she has compiled short biographies of hymn writers and other noteworthy believers, more notably she has completed several lengthy biographies of such subjects as Selina, Countess of Huntingdon; Lady Jane Grey; and William Grimshaw. And now, in her latest book, Fearless Pilgrim, she chronicles the life of John Bunyan.

It is interesting that the best-selling biography of Bunyan continues to be Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, Bunyan's autobiography. While there is no doubt that it is a classic in its own right, this book may not satiate the reader's desire to learn about Bunyan's life. It is not strictly chronological and at times and is perhaps not what we expect from a biography today. It is worth reading, to be sure, but there is much more to learn from Bunyan's life than what he reveals about himself. And so Faith Cook, like many biographers before her, steps in to fill that void.

Bunyan's name is nearly synonymous with The Pilgrim's Progress, his greatest work. But his legacy extends through other classics like Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and The Holy War. He was an amazingly prolific writer who produced scores of books, papers and other works. Many of these works were produced during the long years he spent in prison for refusing to relent from sharing the gospel. Others were written in the depths of great pain over the death of his first wife or his favored daughter. Few were written without the presence of some pain or trial.

But there was more to Bunyan than his pen. Though he had only very little formal education, he was also a pastor and one who was known across the nation for his powerful, gospel-focused, biblical preaching. No less than the great Puritan John Owen said to the king, "May it please your Majesty, if I could possess the tinker's abilities to grip men's hearts, I would gladly give in exchange all my learning." Cook does well to write about all aspects of Bunyan's life without losing herself in his books. And she does well to share the fascinating historical events that unfolded around Bunyan--the wars and revolutions that forever changed the face of England and which gave him hardship, freedom, and then more hardship and more freedom. He lived in tumultuous times and this biography gives a sense of the unique challenges he faced as a Christian in seventeenth century England.

As with most of the books published by Evangelical Press, I wish the publisher had chosen a different font. If you've read works by EP, you know the font they use--one that is oddly angular and perhaps too modern, too different. Meanwhile, extended quotes are in Papyrus, a font that is a strange choice as it can be quite difficult to read in any quantity. And then there is the cover. The book has a strange cover and one that seems rather disconnected from the subject matter. While Bunyan is there, he is in the background with children running in front and an elderly woman looking at his portrait. I do not know what the cover is trying to communicate (and neither do others I've asked). This is too bad, I think, as potential readers may be more likely to take the book seriously if it had a more dignified cover.

And it deserves one. This is a fantastic biography--one that is well-written and nicely paced. It could so easily have bogged down through discussions of Bunyan's voluminous writings, but Cook does an excellent job of saying only what needs to be said and allowing the book to move along. One endorsement of this book suggests that it is Cook's best book yet. Though I have not read all of her works, I'd be inclined to agree. This is a very good biography and one that is worthy of a place on your bookshelf.
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Wonderful biography of Bunyan 3 Aug. 2010
By DewainA - Published on
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Faith Cook has produced a well-researched, easy to read and understandable biography of John Bunyan. In the preface she almost apologizes for including some details of the English Civil war and other historical details, but in my opinion they are vitally necessary to get a full understanding of Bunyan and his situation. There are some illustrations in the book which are very helpful. I have visited Bedford and the Bunyan Museum and the Bunyan Free Meeting church, and this biography has been very helpful in filling in some missing pieces. I'd like to go back and visit Elstow to see where Bunyan was born and baptized, and these places are illustrated in the book. The only possible criticism I could have about the book (and it's a minor one) is the typeface used. The typeface used for quotations is a bit more difficult to read than I would like (see the other review).
However, the book is well worth the effort to purchase and buy, and ranks up there with Faith Cook's other work.

Another comment that has been made about the book is the cover. No explanation for the cover is given, so one must speculate about what Mrs. Cook is trying to convey. The cover is set inside a museum, with a gray-haired woman looking at a portrait of Bunyan. A group of school children (possibly on a school field trip) is racing by the portrait, watched by a museum guard. Could Mrs. Cook be commenting on the tendency of the young to lack an appreciation of history in general (and in this case, Bunyan and his life and work), racing by, without a glance at the portrait, while the older woman is contemplating and appreciating his vast contributions to the cause of Christ? I don't know, only speculating.

At any rate, I am quite sure you will not be disappointed in this book..highly recommended!
Just the facts, Ma'am. 24 Dec. 2012
By Thomas H. Brainerd - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm not a reader of biographies, so take this with a grain of salt...

I read this to fulfill the requiremetns of writing a biographical paper on a European/British Reformation figure. I thought that much of what it laid out was good, and did a good job of providing background on the interplay of the political and ecclesial landscape upon which Bunyan's life was played out. I think that the author may have done a little too much 'imputation' of Bunyan's thouhts and feelings ('Bunyan must have felt this...felt that...').
Five Stars 25 Feb. 2015
By S. TURNER - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Praise God for such men!
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