"Christian Encounters", a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience. John Bunyan's world was a turbulent age of regicide, civil war, and revolution. Against this backdrop emerged a man whose matchless literary gifts were burnished amidst suffering and who profoundly influenced western culture. This "Christian Encounters" biography presents the life story you've never heard - how, amidst the crucible of repeated imprisonments, civil war, and violent persecution, John Bunyan crafted "The Pilgrim's Progress", a testament unlike any other to the triumph of the human spirit.
Mitch Stokes is a Fellow of Philosophy at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Notre Dame. At Yale, he earned an M.A. in religion. He also holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering. He and his wife, Christine, have four children.