Grace Abounding: with Other Spiritual Autobiographies

Paperback | October 15, 2008

byJohn BunyanEditorJohn Stachniewski, Anita Pacheco

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`I evidently saw that unless the great God of his infinite grace and bounty, had voluntarily chosen me to be a vessel of mercy, though I should desire, and long, and labour until my heart did break, no good could come of it . . . How can you tell you are Elected?' (GA, 47) In seventeenth-century England, the Calvinist doctrine of predestination, with its belief in the predetermined salvation of the few and damnation of the many, led many Christians to an anguished search for evidence of God's favour. John Bunyan's Grace Abounding records this spiritual crisis and itsgruelling fluctuations between hope and despair in all its psychological intensity. It is a classic of spiritual autobiography - a genre which flourished in seventeenth-century England, as anxiety over one's spiritual state encouraged rigorous self-scrutiny and the sharing of spiritual experiences. This edition sets Grace Abounding alongside four of the most interesting and varied contemporary spiritual autobiographies, making its cultural milieu more meaningful to the modern reader.

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`I evidently saw that unless the great God of his infinite grace and bounty, had voluntarily chosen me to be a vessel of mercy, though I should desire, and long, and labour until my heart did break, no good could come of it . . . How can you tell you are Elected?' (GA, 47) In seventeenth-century England, the Calvinist doctrine of p...

Anita Pacheco is Visiting Lecturer at the University College of Ripon and York St John, York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.63 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Includes:`A Relation of the Imprisonment of Mr John Bunyan'`Confessions' by Richard Norwood`A Short History of the Life of John Crook'`The Lost Sheep Found' by Lawrence Clarkson`The Narrative of the Persecution of Agnes Beaumont'Appendix: Radical and Nonconformist Groups in Seventeenth-century England