Want to learn about an author who sought to bring the gospel to ordinary people, like you and me? Then these Free Resources for Studying John Bunyan & His Works will help you learn about a Puritan man who did just that.
Whether you are providing an author study or Puritan study in your homeschool, studying John Bunyan will be a good addition to your lessons.
Charles Spurgeon himself read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress over 100 times. In fact, he said this about the book:
“Next to the Bible, the book I value most is John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.” – Charles Spurgeon
Did you know that Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the bestselling novels of all time? For 300 hundred years, it is only second in the number of copies sold to the Bible itself. Isn’t that crazy? Today, it remains the world’s third best-selling book.
The Pilgrim’s Progress
The Pilgrim’s Progress is an account of a man’s journey through his road to salvation and the burden of his sin. In the environment where the church was looked to be the only way to salvation, Bunyan tried to bring the Christian gospel message to regular folks for themselves and in an easy way for them to understand.
John Bunyan was born in England (1628 – 1688). He was converted to true Christianity as an adult after he overheard some ladies talking about salvation. The people spoke of new birth through the work of God in their hearts.
The difference between this message and his prior ideals of being a good person dramatically change his life. He felt compelled to preach the gospel. He was even arrested for it! Yup! It happened. At this time only people who were state-authorized ministers could preach the gospel. He couldn’t help himself from preaching, so he was arrested for it.
He was arrested for “teaching men to worship God contrary to the law” and remained in prison for twelve years for failing to stop preaching. It is in prison where he wrote the famous Pilgrim’s Progress.
This inspiring Christian author and preacher had a life worth studying. His passion for the Lord leaves something to be admired.
Explore these free resources for studying John Bunyan & his works in your homeschool:
John Bunyan and Pilgrim’s Progress | Our Old School Homeschool
John Bunyan Quotations Copywork Pages | Notebooking Fairy Classroom
Timeline 1601 – 1700 John Bunyan | Christianity.com
Facts for Kids – John Bunyan | Kids.Kiddle
Color a portrait of John Bunyan | Color the Bible
John Bunyan FREE Quiz and Activities | The Torchlighters
John Bunyan: The Man, Preacher and Author | Christian History Institute
Site about John Bunyan’s Life and Works | Bunyan’s Bedford
The John Bunyan Story (Video) | puritanpicks
Five Fascinating Facts about John Bunyan | Interesting Literature
FREE PDF Copies of Bunyan’s Books | Chapel Library
John Bunyan – A Baptist Page Portrait | Wholesome Words
25 John Bunyan Quotes | AZ Quotes
Pilgrim’s Progress FREE Resources:
The Pilgrim’s Progress FREE Study Guide | Chapel Library
The Pilgrim’s Progress Coloring Book – Sixty enlarged choice engravings | Bunyan Ministries
John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress Project | Mr. Bultitude
Children’s Pilgrim’s Progress FREE Resources | Children’s Pilgrim’s Progress
The Pilgrim’s Progress wasn’t his only body of work. Of course. Bunyan wrote a total of 58 Christian books and pamphlets.
John Bunyan left his legacy on earth known for despising sin and hungering for salvation. He preached Christ and hoped to glorify God in all he did. We could only be so blessed to have been known for these things.
He left us with a series of quotes to remember him and that point to the cross. I have never heard of them before our study, but they were a wonderful reminder for me of my Christian walk. I hope they help you as well.
Here are a few John Bunyan quotes that really hit home for me:
– John Bunyan has a lovely little quote, from Pilgrim’s Progress; “This hill, though high, I covet to ascend; The difficulty will not me offend. For I perceive the way to life lies here. Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear. Better, though difficult, the right way to go, Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.”
-“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
-“If my life is fruitless, it doesn’t matter who praises me, and if my life is fruitful, it doesn’t matter who criticizes me.”
-“The reason why the Christians in this day are at such a loss as to some things is that they are contented with what comes from man’s mouth, without searching and kneeling before God to know of Him the truth of things.”
-“You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed. Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan.”
-“In prayer, it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
-“The difference between true and false repentance lies in this: the man who truly repents cries out against his heart; but the other, as Eve, against the serpent, or something else.”
-“If people really see that Christ has removed the fear of punishment from them by taking it into Himself, they won’t do whatever they want, they’ll do whatever He wants.”
-“No man, without trials and temptations, can attain a true understanding of the Holy Scriptures.”
-“What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.”
-“In times of affliction, we commonly meet with the sweetest experiences of the love of God.”
-“He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.”
-“I have often thought that the best Christians are found in the worst of times.”
-“Pray and read, read, and pray; for a little from God is better than a great deal from men.”
-Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!