Logos Bible Software is offering a free book each month in 2012. For April, you can download John Bunyan’s Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. The book can be read with either Logos Bible Software, Vyrso, or Bilbia.com, either on your desktop computer or using the Logos App for iPad or the Android. Follow the link to download the book and enter the drawing for the Complete Works of John Bunyan.
According to Hugh Martin, “Grace Abounding is among the greatest stories of God’s dealings with the human soul—to be put on the shelf beside such treasures as Augustine’s Confessions, Law’s Serious Call, Baxter’s Autobiography, and Wesley’s account of his own spiritual travail” (from Martin’s preface to the 1955 edition of Grace Abounding). Written in 1666, Grace Abounding describes Bunyan’s spiritual journey from unrepentant sinner to a preacher of the Gospel. In fact, the book was written while Bunyan was in prison for preaching without a license. As a member of the Puritan Free Church, Bunyan was a non-conformist preacher who refused to be silent when ordered to cease his ministry. When he was arrested, he told the magistrates, “If you release me today, I will preach tomorrow.”
The title of the book is taken from 1 Timothy 1:15, where Paul describes himself as the “chief of sinners” who has received mercy and grace from the Lord Jesus Christ. Bunyan is keenly aware of his own estrangement from God.
Grace Abounding is a classic Christian work which has long been available in the public domain via Project Guttenberg and similar sources. Logos has converted the text for use on their Logos platform and added a brief introduction to the work.