Beloved brethren today’s book I’d like to review for you was written by John Bunyan (1628-1688). You’ll recognize him as the writer of Pilgrims Progress and Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. The Holy Life is a short book, published in 1684 just four years before Bunyan’s death, which expounds upon 2 Timothy 2:19. The style of this book, while not as easy to read or eloquent, is similar to Thomas Watson’s, so it lends itself to organized note taking.
The topic Bunyan addresses here is one dangerously lacking within the discussions of believers today, holiness. Many will, unfortunately, shrug this subject off as ‘legalistic’. That label gets thrown around all too often today, perhaps simply due to a misunderstanding of what legalism actually is. In this book Bunyan never suggests that holiness is a means of salvation, but rather calls believers to a holy life style as means to glorify God, and share the Gospel with onlookers. He decries those who profess the name of Christ, yet have never repented of their sins and put their faith in Him. It was much more evangelistic than I expected, while still stinging with conviction and leading with encouragement to believers.
I would recommend this book to all believers, though it would make a particularly apt gift for elders, leaders, and pastors. Due to the age of this one, it’s in the public domain. This, of course, means it’s free! Also, Librivox has a free audio recording of it as well, which you can find here. Here is the pdf, and paper back, though there does not seem to be a kindle version available, sorry friends. I pray this review has found you all doing well, dear ones, and has blessed you. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.