The Heavenly Footman (Christian Heritage Series)
The principal concern of Bunyan's great allegories was to assist the Christian in discerning the way to heaven. Drawn from Bunyan's meditations on the Pauline concept of "running to win the prize" (1 Corinthians 9:24), The Heavenly Footman is a...
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The principal concern of Bunyan's great allegories was to assist the Christian in discerning the way to heaven. Drawn from Bunyan's meditations on the Pauline concept of "running to win the prize" (1 Corinthians 9:24), The Heavenly Footman is a classic Puritan text on facing the challenges of Christian living. Bunyan's "Footman" is an athlete who perseveres in the effort of "winning" the race. Bunyan's terse and urgent style imparts vital guidance on how to stay the course. Bunyan wants Christians to meet the challenge of the race so that we might all meet in Heaven. As he states in this book: "Farewell, I wish our souls may meet with comfort at the journey's end." Bunyan is well known for his perception and discernment in depicting human motivations as he gives us the "description of the man who gets to heaven".
"This is the true, heart-searching, heart-warming John Bunyan, on full throttle"
- J.I. Packer, from his Introduction.
Isobel Kuhn questioned whether God even existed. Mary Slessor grew up in a slum with an alcoholic father. Joni Eareckson broke her neck during a diving accident and Corrie Ten Boom just lived with her family in a little watch shop in Harlaam Holland. What is so special about these girls and how did they change their world Isobel Kuhn believed in God and then obeyed his call to travel to Asia to tell the Lisu people about God. Mary Slessor put herself through evening classes and eventually became one of the first white women to venture into the interior of Africa. Joni Eareckson struggled through her treatment and endless hospital visits to become the inspiration to many Christians. Corrie Ten Boom spent most of her life just living in Holland until the Nazis started killing the Jews. Corrie Ten Boom put her life on the line to save the lives of many Jews in the hiding place a hidden room behind her wardrobe in a little watch shop in Haarlem Holland.Mary Slessor Missionary in Africa Co
Throughout Bunyan' great allegories his prime concern was that people would be able to discern the way to heaven. The 'Footman' is an athlete dogged in the pursuit of 'winning' the race. Bunyan wants us to be able to run the race of the Christian life and finish the course so that we might all meet in Heaven, Based on the text 'so run that ye may obtain' (1st Corinthians 9:24) Bunyan's terse and racy style gives us vital guidance on how to complete the journey. This is regarded as one of the classic texts to have come from the Puritan era on Christian living. Bunyan is well known for his perceptiveness in describing human motivation and thought processes.
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.