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49 Original Copperplate Engravings Included in this Special Edition Few Christians have impacted the church as has John Bunyan. If you enjoyed Pilgrim's Progress, The Holy War, or any of his various evergreen writings, do also allow yourself the reward of soaking in John Bunyan's classic, Christian poetry. You will be delighted as a child, challenged if a sinner, and rewa 49 Original Copperplate Engravings Included in this Special Edition Few Christians have impacted the church as has John Bunyan. If you enjoyed Pilgrim's Progress, The Holy War, or any of his various evergreen writings, do also allow yourself the reward of soaking in John Bunyan's classic, Christian poetry. You will be delighted as a child, challenged if a sinner, and rewarded richly as a fellow believer.


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49 Original Copperplate Engravings Included in this Special Edition Few Christians have impacted the church as has John Bunyan. If you enjoyed Pilgrim's Progress, The Holy War, or any of his various evergreen writings, do also allow yourself the reward of soaking in John Bunyan's classic, Christian poetry. You will be delighted as a child, challenged if a sinner, and rewa 49 Original Copperplate Engravings Included in this Special Edition Few Christians have impacted the church as has John Bunyan. If you enjoyed Pilgrim's Progress, The Holy War, or any of his various evergreen writings, do also allow yourself the reward of soaking in John Bunyan's classic, Christian poetry. You will be delighted as a child, challenged if a sinner, and rewarded richly as a fellow believer.

30 review for John Bunyan's Poetry [Illustrated]: Divine Emblems (Bunyan Updated Classics Book 3)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    [Note: This book has been given free of charge by Aneko Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] As the third book written by John Bunyan that I have received free of charge from this publisher [1], the second of which I had never heard of, it is clear that we have a positive trend when it comes to remembering the works of this seventeenth century independent pastor who spent more than a decade in jail for preaching without a government license. So far at least, the more I am becoming famili [Note: This book has been given free of charge by Aneko Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] As the third book written by John Bunyan that I have received free of charge from this publisher [1], the second of which I had never heard of, it is clear that we have a positive trend when it comes to remembering the works of this seventeenth century independent pastor who spent more than a decade in jail for preaching without a government license. So far at least, the more I am becoming familiar with the forgotten and obscure books of John Bunyan, the more I appreciate them. This particular book was written for children, and it is worthwhile not only as a short book of poems in its own right written for reasons of instructing faith and cautioning youth against folly, but also for the way that the book is a reminder of a time when more was expected of children with regards to being sensitive to biblical allusions as well as an understanding of creation and agriculture than is often the case at present. This volume is especially to be praised for its sharp sense of humor, and this is a book that will please adults who enjoy spiritual poetry [2]. This short volume of about 100 pages is composed mostly of 49 poems by Bunyan and then some material including the original note to the editors and a short publishing history of the book. This book comes as a surprise in several ways, part of it because it shows that there was a fairly wide appreciation of the way that God's creation can be used in moral instruction. In many places this book reads like the Book of Proverbs, which was aimed at a similar audience and has similarly moving poetry and moral reflections drawn from village life. What was also a surprise and a revelation was the extent to which some of these poems packed considerable punch. Bunyan makes use of the way that spiders were then thought to be particularly venomous by having a talking spider rebuke a sinner who wishes to squash the spider he views as being a moral irritant though not aggressive to him in the book's longest poem. Some of the verses included hit hard even today, such as this one about clothing (31): "God gave us clothes to hide our nakedness, And we by them do it expose to view. Our pride and unclean minds to an excess, By our apparel, we to others show." Likewise, Bunyan's comments about a simple penny loaf are full of much deeper importance about the threat of starvation (75): "Thy price one penny is in time of plenty, In famine doubled, 'tis from one to twenty. Yea, no man knows what price on thee to set When there is but one penny loaf to get." As long as there are children and adults who are interested in reading meditations taken from a time when people were in greater communion and contact with God's creation, this book of poems will draw appreciation, as Bunyan was an excellent poet with a fine sense of wit and considerable skill at constructing rhyme and meter. Rural contemporary audiences in particular will find this book to be immensely pleasing as an aid to personal devotions as well as for purposes of homeschooling, as it offers a chance for young readers who like to think on ants and spiders and snails and horses and riders and who by such fondness can become familiar with some very pleasing poetry from almost 350 years ago that still reads well even now, and likely will as long as there are audiences who can draw moral truths from God's creation and who can appreciate the way that the author draws his own insights from the words of the Bible. This is the sort of book that will likely help a reader to wonder how many more forgotten classics were written by the man who, if he is remembered today at all, is only as the writer of Pilgrim's Progress, and not as a writer of considerable skill and somewhat alarming productivity. [1] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015... http://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/... [2] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Read for Goodreads 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, Expert Level. Poet at Heart: Read a book of poetry We're coming up to the end of the challenge, and that means it's time for me to get through all the categories I was putting off. Poetry is one thing I just don't enjoy. Not saying it's bad, just that it's not my thing. So, yeah. I liked this well enough for poetry, but, well, it's still POETRY. Blech! It's amazing, really. Where I might just see a box of candles fall to the ground, he sees the Chr Read for Goodreads 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, Expert Level. Poet at Heart: Read a book of poetry We're coming up to the end of the challenge, and that means it's time for me to get through all the categories I was putting off. Poetry is one thing I just don't enjoy. Not saying it's bad, just that it's not my thing. So, yeah. I liked this well enough for poetry, but, well, it's still POETRY. Blech! It's amazing, really. Where I might just see a box of candles fall to the ground, he sees the Christian walk. The eyes of a poet and the words to match. No, it's not all brilliant poetry, and maybe the rhymes seem a bit forced, but there's so much insight and depth of meaning here that it is worth the read for any Christian looking to see their faith, and their walk, more clearly. As an aside, however, the editor really needed to stop with the footnotes. They added nothing, for the most part, and I found them distracting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Djlyndgaard

    Good thoughts. Difficult reading style. Wonderful spiritual insights. Good thoughts on our actions and choices. Reminders of God's vast live and grace to sinners, but we must choose to walk out our faith in Him. Hard to focus on what's being said in old English. Good thoughts. Difficult reading style. Wonderful spiritual insights. Good thoughts on our actions and choices. Reminders of God's vast live and grace to sinners, but we must choose to walk out our faith in Him. Hard to focus on what's being said in old English.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Just finished up another title for my reading challenge this year: _Paul Bunyan's Poetry Divine Emblems_ by Paul Bunyan. It has been quite some time since I've read something from centuries past, and I must admit that this was rather a fun read and full of simple symbolism for the young audience of the day. #ReadingChallenge2020 #book4of15 #classic #poetry #religious #PaulBunyan Just finished up another title for my reading challenge this year: _Paul Bunyan's Poetry Divine Emblems_ by Paul Bunyan. It has been quite some time since I've read something from centuries past, and I must admit that this was rather a fun read and full of simple symbolism for the young audience of the day. #ReadingChallenge2020 #book4of15 #classic #poetry #religious #PaulBunyan

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Stilley

    Enjoyable. I like his use of imagery.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andy Bintoro

    A classic poetry from a classic author. I enjoy reading this, even though maybe i'm not familiar with poetry on that age. Some poetry was very deep, ask us to meditate upon it. A classic poetry from a classic author. I enjoy reading this, even though maybe i'm not familiar with poetry on that age. Some poetry was very deep, ask us to meditate upon it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tom Roberson

    Simple Truth Simple gospel truths set to verse. Causes one to think about their salvation through self examination as they recognize traits from the verses in themselves.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Good little book of thought-provoking spiritual poems. A preacher may find a few illustrations here as well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    GERALD GENTRY

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael

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    Tobias N.

  12. 4 out of 5

    DeMark Manigo

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donald Standeford

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenny- Lee Lee Woodward

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    Alena

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kent

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Matala

  18. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Uvile-Ovayo Kweyama

  20. 5 out of 5

    Norman

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cris M. Welling

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

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    Blake Roseberry

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    Megan Dyson

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    Debbie Verran

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    Chelsea

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aaron David

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    Robert A. Campbell

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bland Joshua

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

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