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The Tinker’s ProgressThe Life and Times of John Bunyan

The Tinker’s Progress

The Life and Times 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 Scriptures 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 Middleburg, 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: January 2024
  • Pages: 200
  • Format: Large trade hardback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527110069
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


Perhaps no single pastor has shaped the Christian imagination more than John Bunyan, but few today know much about this tinker–turned–pastor. Jacob Tanner beautifully tells the story of Bunyan’s life and ministry, allowing us to observe and be shaped by Bunyan’s progress down the pilgrim’s path.

Scott Aniol, Executive Vice President and Editor–in–Chief, G3 Ministries; Professor, Pastoral Theology, Grace Bible Theological Seminary, Conway, Arkansas

This work provides insightful reflections on historical events used by God to produce one of my spiritual heroes. I highly commend this work to anyone who desires to get to know the man who gave us ‘The Pilgrims Progress’ better.

J. Garrett Kell, Pastor, Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia
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