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The Tinker’s ProgressA Biography of John Bunyan

The Tinker’s Progress

A Biography of John Bunyan

Jacob Tanner
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Known primarily for his allegorical work, The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan was also a preacher, a gifted theologian and interpreter of Scripture. Academically, he was not a learned man, but when it came to practical and experiential mastery of the Sciptures and their theology, he was as gifted as anyone. His writings have a beauty and practicality not often found. He teaches that the greater the Christian’s understanding of truth, the stronger their own passion for Jesus will be, and the greater their worship and doxology will become.

Jacob Tanner’s enlightening biography traces Bunyan’s life from his humble beginnings to his calling home to the Celestial City. From his debaucherous youth to glimpses of grace and eventual calling to ministry.

There are lessons here for any twenty–first century Christian. He can teach men to be mature, fathers to be loving, husbands to be faithful, pastors to be tender, saints to suffer well, Christians to be steadfast. One of his greatest lessons to modern Christians is how to live faithfully for Christ in a world that is antagonistic to God.

Jacob Tanner

About Jacob Tanner

Jacob Tanner is pastor of Christ Keystone Church in central Pennsylvania. A regular contributor to Meet the Puritans, Place for Truth, G3, and other ministries in the Reformed tradition, he is pursuing his M.Div through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kayla have two sons.


  • Author: Jacob Tanner
  • Release Date: July 2023
  • Pages: 208
  • Format: Large trade hardback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527110069
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


In his excellent book … Jacob Tanner has given the Church a great gift: a timeless treasure of Bunyan’s life and ministry. I pray The Tinker’s Progress will be read widely and encourage a new generation to read and study Bunyan’s theology, thereby being shaped and molded by the Bible like Bunyan. 

Dave Jenkins, Executive Director, Servants of Grace Ministries

Full of life, intrigue, and expressiveness, Tanner’s biography on John Bunyan gives us an even–handed yet sympathetic treatment of one of Puritanism’s most well–loved heroes. More than straight biography, however, Tanner sprinkles his offering with biblical and theological insights, as well as anecdotes from church history. The skillful weaving of all these elements together leaves us with a delightful and encouraging story of the beloved Tinker. Warmly recommended!

Nate Pickowicz, Pastor, Harvest Bible Church, Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire
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