Friday, May 21, 2010

Book Review: John Bunyan's biography

Part of the Christian Encounters series by Thomas Nelson Publishers, this quick little read (166 pages) by Kevin Belmonte sheds a lot of light on a little-known man...his meager education, his familial background, his mental state, and more.

While Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress is immortal, the tinker, father, soldier, husband, dissenter, and preacher is somewhat of a mystery to historians.  Belmonte's affection for Bunyan is easily seen through his careful attention to historical detail, and also through his praise of the man.

Sprinkled generously through the book are quotations from well-known personalities, such as C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Lord Byron.  Quotations from Bunyan himself are included as well, along with plenty of historical background to lend further understanding of the tumultous environment in which Bunyan became a man.

As a wife and a mother, I appreciated Belmonte's attention to Bunyan's wife's continued impassioned pleas for her husband's release during his unjust imprisonment.  Bunyan was also a devoted father, which struck a chord as well.

Belmonte has done a super job--enough details are given to lend a thorough understanding; at the same time, the book is concise enough to read in a weekend.  I give this book four stars.  Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.


Mary Ann said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. I've been trying to consistently read something meaningful & biographies intrigue me. I'll add this title to my list!