John Bunyan: Recommended Resources

Dangerous Journey is an adaptation of Pilgrim’s Progress to introduce the story to children. It is available in book form from Eerdmans Publishing and in film and video from Gateway Films. Gateway also provides a 20 page leader’s guide for use with the film series. The film series is best utilized if the leader prepares the children to look for specific characters and experiences and then discuss them after the showing.

Bunyan the Preacher is a half hour film that shows a time when Bunyan was let out of his jail cell by a cooperative jailer to go and preach to an “unlawful assembly.” The sermon he gives captures the essence and imagery of Bunyan’s preaching and writing and provides an excellent experience of Bunyan’s era and message.

Primary Sources

The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Thirteen volumes projected.

Offor, G. The Works of John Bunyan, 3 vols. Glasgow: Blackie and Son, 1858–59.

Sharrock, Roger, ed. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and The Pilgrims Progress. London: Oxford University Press, 1966.

Secondary Sources

Beal, Rebecca. “Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners: John Bunyan’s Pauline Epistle ” Studies in English Literature 21 (1981), pp. 148–60.

Brown, John. John Bunyan, His Life, Times and Works. Ed. Frank Mott Harrison. London: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1964.

Greaves, Robert L. John Bunyan. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1969.

Harrison, G.B. John Bunyan, A Study in Personality. London: J.M. Dent and Sons, 1928.

Kaufman, U. Milo. The Pilgrim’s Progress and Traditions in Puritan Meditations. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1966.

Kelman, John. The Road, A Study of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. 2 vols. Port Washington, N.Y: Kennikat Press, 1970.

Knott, John R., Jr. “Bunyan’s Gospel Day: A Reading of the Pilgrim’s Progress,” English Literary Renaissance, 3 (1973), pp. 443–61.

__________. “Bunyan and the Holy Community,” Studies in Philology, LXXX, no. 2 (Spring, 1983), pp. 200–25.

Sadler, Lynn Veach. John Bunyan. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1979.

Sharrock, Roger. John Bunyan. London: Hutchinson House, 1954.

By the Editors

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #11 in 1986]

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