Essential Christian Classics: Bunyan, Foxe, Sheldon, Smith
Here are four great Christian books everyone should know, abridged and lightly updated for ease of reading. The Essential Christian Classics Collection contains The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith, Foxe's Christian Martyrs by John...
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Here are four great Christian books everyone should know, abridged and lightly updated for ease of reading. The Essential Christian Classics Collection contains The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith, Foxe's Christian Martyrs by John Foxe, In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon, and The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.
John Foxe (1516-1587) was a professor at Oxford, then a minister in London before being forced to flee to Europe when Queen Mary came to power. While in Europe he wrote this classic and published it after returning to England when Queen Elizabeth took the throne.
Charles M. Sheldon (1857-1946) was a social activist, minister, and author in Topeka, Kansas. He once disguised himself as an unemployed printer to see how he would be received. Shocked by the indifference of the Christian community, he wrote In His Steps, which became an immediate best-seller.
John Bunyan (1628-1688) was born in Elstow, England, and his life was spared twice in his early years, something he believed God had done for a special purpose. In November 1660, when Bunyan arrived to preach in the little town of Lower Samsell, he was informed that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Unwilling to denounce his Christian faith and his calling to the ministry, he was imprisoned for twelve years.
Among the many writings he published during his imprisonment are The Holy City; Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners; and the most famous, The Pilgrims Progress.
After his release, he became the pastor of a church in Bedord, England and continued to write and publish stirring works that have endured through time. Among these classics are The Holy War; Bunyan's Visions of Heaven and Hell and Journey to Hell: The Life and Death of Mr. Badman.
Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911) was a writer and evangelist, active in America and England. She did not have an easy life. Of her seven children, only three lived to adulthood. In spite of, and perhaps because of, her unhappy circumstances, she was able to advise Christians on how to find and keep the joy of the Lord in A Christian's Secret of a Happy Life, her widely read and much loved book of Christian Holiness theology. Constant themes in her writings include the assurance of salvation and freedom from anxiety, as she portrays the richness of God's love and His desire to relate to us as the perfect Parent, Savior, Protector, and Friend. Hannah was also active in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Her other books include The Open Secret, and The Commonsense Teaching of the Bible.