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The Acceptable Sacrifice (Puritan Paperbacks) [Paperback]

John Bunyan
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26 Jan 2004 Puritan Paperbacks
In “Acceptable Sacrifice,” John Bunyan's words are delivered with compelling conviction as he passionately portrays the beauty of the only sacrifice that is acceptable to God. With carefully crafted words he describes the wonder and majesty of a heart broken before the Lord. The broken hearted are not forsaken or ignored, for they are 'His jewels, His beloved.' Bunyan reminds readers that returning to their first love (the love of Christ) is always the best move in times of distress. “Acceptable Sacrifice,” which, outside of the Bible, is one of the best books ever written, will help Christians to regain that first love. Anyone who wants to follow God with all their heart, or to have a clearer understanding of how the grace of God not only saves us but enables us to follow Him even to the cross, should read this book, where Bunyan shows how Christ works in our lives and brings us to the full joy of knowing God (as opposed to simply knowing that He exists).
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The Banner of Truth Trust (26 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851518524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851518527
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Bunyan (1628–1688) was an English Christian writer and preacher, famous for writing Pilgrim's Progress. Though he was a Reformed Baptist, in the Church of England he is remembered with a Lesser Festival on 30 August, and on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on August 29. Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim's Progress in two parts, the first of which was published in London in 1678 and the second in 1684. He began the work in his first period of imprisonment, and probably finished it during the second. The earliest edition in which the two parts combined in one volume came in 1728. A third part falsely attributed to Bunyan appeared in 1693, and was reprinted as late as 1852. Its full title is The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem 23 Aug 2008
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This little book by Bunyan is truly a little gem. It is set out intypical puritan style with lots of headings and subheadings but they are easy enough to read. Having read this it brings to your mind the great need to approach God in true Humility of mind and heart. Bunyan explains why Jesus's saying 'Blessed are those that weep' are truly loved by God. Bunyan explains that God is a close friend to those who are sorrowful of heart. This book will give you a warm glow inside. An ideal book to read underneath a great Oak on a summer's day as it will truly bless you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brokenness that bears much fruit 2 Dec 2012
By Valerie Caraotta - Published on Amazon.com
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The contents in The Acceptable Sacrifice is believed to be a culmination of the years of toil John Bunyan went through and from countless hours he poured over the Word of God to better know the heart and mind of his Savior. Four chapters encompass this work and include the excellency, character, and reason for a broken heart and why a broken heart is esteemed by God.
If you have ever wondered why your suffering has ostracized you from the world system, then this book will enlighten and encourage you to know God is in control. Some may discount Bunyan's quote "The Lord kills before He makes alive, He wounds before His hands make whole" by claiming that a good God would not inflict tough heart wounds to His beloved. God however, knows how to shape a man and in His creation with free will given, knows indeed the pride and " issues of life" that prevent one from humbling themselves before Him. Chapter 3 will more extensively review the necessity of why the heart must be broken. He will bind up our wounds- but not until we come to Him with a contrite heart. Bunyan shares that the brokenhearted love to hear God speak and are of great esteem with God.
You will gain insight into just what a broken heart and contrite spirit is. The Word of God must be managed by the power of God to break the heart.
* A broken heart is a receptacle for the graces of His Spirit.
*A heart broken cries for the mercy of God and esteems Him.
* A broken heart is submissive.
The end of the book gives the life summary of John Bunyan, a truly broken man. The last part of his imprisonment saw the dross surface and pure gold remain in his greatest work, The Pilgrim's Progress.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not what was expected 28 May 2013
By montana - Published on Amazon.com
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My original copy of Acceptable Sacrifice was a full copy of Bunyan's book.
This is like a "cliff notes" of it. I am very disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacrifice God Delights In-A Broken Heart 3 May 2013
By J. Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
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John Bunyan is most well known ,by far,for his classic allegory on the Christian life 'The Pilgrims Progress'. Many who have no interest in theology have appreciated the book,but its greatest benefit has been to help believers better understand what it is like, for those who know and love God,to live in this fallen world.One of the reasons Bunyan could write a book with such great theological stature and Biblical accuracy was because of his great familiarity with both the God of the Scriptures and His Word.He is right there with the Great Puritan Theologians of his era.Thus his doctrinal and practical works on the Christian faith are extremely valuable to those who hunger and thirst for truth.

The Acceptable Sacrifice is Bunyan's exceptional treatise on Repentance.He opens up for us Psalm 51:17, which gives us the heart of true Biblical repentance.-A heart which is broken and contrite before the Lord.David was guilty of adultery and murder and when he is finally brought to his senses;he cries out to God for mercy,he confesses his enormous transgressions before his God who sees and knows all,he acknowledges and groans over the depravity of his nature,he desires to have his sins cleansed(what can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus says the hymn writer),he no longer has any assurance of his right standing with God(and is fearful that he will forever be cast away from His presence).He has come to realize that what the Lord wants from him(even with all that has transpired)is a broken and contrite heart.Its interesting to note that while God highly esteems this sacrifice(a heart that is contrite-that bows before the Lord and trembles at His word)the world does not place any value on this at all.

To understand what something is,it is often helpful to look at its opposite or what it is not.The author gives us some idea of what a heart that is not contrite is like:it is obstinate against the Lord and His salvation,it is full of evil imaginations,it is a deceitful heart,it is an unbelieving heart,it is a proud and autonomous heart-as the prophet Jeremiah declares 'it is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked'.

That the Lord God highly esteems a broken and contrite heart is clearly revealed in His Word. 'For thus saith the high and lofty one that inhabits eternity,whose name is Holy,I dwell in the high and Holy place,with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.' Isaiah 57:15.The Lord is so far above(in majesty,power holiness and greatness)any of His creatures,yet He delights to dwell with the broken and humble hearted.Mr.Bunyan gives us a number of reasons why the Almighty places places such high value on this particular sacrifice- 1.At its root it is Gods work(and He delights in His work which breaks the heart of stone and makes it pliable(this pliability makes the heart receptive to the work of the Holy Spirit).2.A broken heart bows before God and seeks His honor and glory in all things(it is the opposite of a heart and soul that is at enmity with God and would rather have its neck broken,than to bow in submission to the Lord).3.A broken heart is sensitive to the dangers of sin and appreciate of God's deliverance from sins wages.Thats why David could write, 'Bless the Lord,O my soul:and all that is within me,bless His Holy name.' Psalm 103:1,'...who redeemeth thy life from destruction'. Psalm 103:4a.

John Bunyan's 'The Acceptable Sacrifice' is without doubt one of the standard Christian books on Repentance.I hope its value is not overlooked by the Lord's people for many generations to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable Sacrifice 25 Mar 2010
By L. Chyko - Published on Amazon.com
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Going back to our first LOVE, the LOVE OF CHRIST, is always the best thing to do in times of distress. This little book will help you to remember your first LOVE! Anything that can help us regain our focus on JESUS CHRIST is worth looking at. Along with daily scripture reading, this book is an enhancement to the study of GOD'S WORD. Thanks....
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 April 2013
By Laurie - Published on Amazon.com
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An incredible book that should be read, studied, engraved in mind, and seared to the soul. A life changer absolutely.
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