The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the by John Piper

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16 13 This is the term he uses to describe his occupation in his own will. John Brown, John Bunyan, p. 29. It refers to repairing tools with hammer and forge. , p. 42. , p. 45. 16 John Bunyan, Grace Abounding, pp. 10-11. qxd 50 9/21/07 10:05 AM Page 50 THE HIDDEN SMILE OF GOD Precious Books Came with His Wife He “came to the state of matrimony” when he was twenty or twenty-one, but we never learn his wife’s name. What we do learn is that she was poor, but had a godly father who had died and left her two books that she brought to the marriage, The Plain Man’s Pathway to Heaven and The Practice of Piety.

1 How can a man pronounce a blessing on imprisonment? Bunyan’s life and labor give one answer. Just before his release (it seems2), at age forty-four, Bunyan updated his spiritual autobiography called Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. He looked back over the hardships of the last twelve years and wrote about how he was enabled by God to survive and even flourish in the Bedford jail. One of his comments gives me the title for this chapter. He quotes from the New Testament where the apostle Paul says, “We had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).

45. 16 John Bunyan, Grace Abounding, pp. 10-11. qxd 50 9/21/07 10:05 AM Page 50 THE HIDDEN SMILE OF GOD Precious Books Came with His Wife He “came to the state of matrimony” when he was twenty or twenty-one, but we never learn his wife’s name. What we do learn is that she was poor, but had a godly father who had died and left her two books that she brought to the marriage, The Plain Man’s Pathway to Heaven and The Practice of Piety. ”18 But God’s work had begun. He was irreversibly drawing the young married Bunyan to himself.

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