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LITTLE BOOKS BY JOHN BUNYAN.

GRACE ABOUNDING

TO THE

CIIIEF OF SINNERS.

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LITTLE BOOKS BY JOHN BUNYAN.

This Series Oj Little Books" will comprise the principal Practical, Doctrinal, and Experiinental Treatises of the Author and some of his Allegorical IVritings. Each volume will be complete in itself, and will contain one Treatise or more, according to length. And while the separate volumes will be found convenient for private use, and well adapted for presentation, the complete Scries will form a very neat and elegant Bunyan Library."

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'Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for

my soul.'-(Psal. Ixvi. 16.)

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LONDON:
BLACKIE & SON, PATERNOSTER BUILDINGS, E.C.;
AND GLASGOW AND EDINBURGH.

1873.

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OLASGOW:

W. G. BLACKIE AND CO, "'TISTERS

VILL FIELD.

CONTENTS.

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GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS;

or, A brief and faithful relation of the exceeding mercy of

God in Christ to his poor servant John Bunyan; namely in

taking him out of the dunghill, and converting him to the

faith of his blessed Son, Jesus Christ.

Here is also particularly showed, what sight of, and what

trouble he had for sin; and also what various temptations he

met with; and how God hath carried him through them.

Corrected and much enlarged by the author, for the benefit

of the tempted and dejected Christian.

To which is added, Bunyan's relation of his imprisonment;

a discourse between his wife and the judges, touching his de-

liverance at the assizes; his reflections on his imprisonment;

the continuation of his life, and manner of his death and

burial; with his true character, by one of his personal friends;

and his dying sayings.

Advertisement by the Editor: Preface,

Dedication to his Church,

I. BUNYAN'S ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF PREVIOUS TO HIS CONVER-

SION—Mean rank; taught to read and write, which he soon

forgot; taken captive by the devil at his will; very profane;

visited with fearful dreams and sharp convictions; narrow

escapes from death; marries the daughter of a pious man; re-

forms, and attends church.--Sunday sports; conviction darts

into his soul while playing at cat; gives way to despair, and

plunges into sin; reproved by a wicked woman; led, by the

conversation of a poor professor, to examine his Bible; becomes

outwardly reformed; leaves off bell-ringing and dancing; still

ignorant of Jesus,

II. His CONVERSION AND PAINFUL EXERCISES OF MIND, PRE-

VIOUS TO HIS JOINING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST AT BED-

FORD-Conviction fixed upon his spirit, by listening to the

conversation of some poor women; forsakes an evil compan-

ion; puzzled by the Ranters; the Bible becomes precious;

vision of Church fellowship; solemn doubts lest the day of

grace was past; searches the Scriptures; loves those that bear

the image of Christ; is introduced to Mr. Gifford, a Christian

minister; still in great fear; greatly relieved by a sermon on

Christ his people's love ; is severely tempted and tried,

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