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Family Duty by John Bunyan a Free PDF and Review

May 27, 2021 by SLIMJIM

Family Duty by John Bunyan

John Bunyan. Family Duty.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, July 12th 2016. 35 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Want a booklet on a biblical view of family?  Specifically would you want to have something to read concerning the roles of a husband, wife, father, mother, and children?  This is one that I would recommend.  I read this in one sitting and pulled nearly an all-night reading since it was spiritually edifying.  This booklet is by the famous preacher and Christian author John Bunyan.  It is amazing to think that he died in 1688 but his work is relevant for the 21st Century; that is a testimony of how when writers focus on being biblical it always is timely.

The booklet is divided into four parts.  Part one is on the duty of fathers, the next part is duty of wives, then duty of parents to children and finally duty of children to parents.  Each of these four sections have further subsections in typical Puritan fashion.  For instance under duty of fathers there is “Duty to the Family’s spiritual needs” and “Duty to the Family’s Outward needs.”  The section for duty of parents to children have three points: Instruction, Correction and Cautions.

I thought this booklet was biblical and practical.  For instance in the exhortation towards fathers the author said we must distinguished between offenses a family member has against you versus directly against God.  It is important as Bunyan note that if it is towards us primarily we should forgive.  I would also add to Bunyan’s observation that if it is directly towards God the offense as the primary motivation of a family members’ transgression we shouldn’t take it so personally; though we should care and pray about it and respond properly.  I also thought the advice to both husbands and wives of those married to unbelieving spouse were also quite pastoral of Bunyan and also practical.  For something written in the seventeenth century readers might assume it is unhealthily patriarchal but there is a respect of wives Bunyan has that’s driven by the Word of God.  My favorite quote from the booklet is “The wife is master next after her husband, and is to rule all in his absence” (15).  It stood out to me as a good reminder that my wife is a leader of my family specifically with my kids.  So it’s important I guide and lead her to also cultivate her as a spiritual leader of my children.

An edifying read.  Even if you think you are well versed with a biblical view of marriage I think this is still worthwhile as it’s something to refocus our duty whether we are children or a parent.

Author: Narrow Path Ministries

Non-denominational, Independent, Bible believing Church

13 thoughts on “Family Duty by John Bunyan a Free PDF and Review”

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    Thank you brother, this sounds like a beautiful piece of literary work and sorely needed in many American families these days, that is grounded on the primary societal factor or unit; the family. Going back many centuries the Japanese firmly taught and believed that the family is the primary unit of any great society and civilization, without which none of it is truly possible.

    I have to admit I hadn’t read this book but will look forward to it; although the name Bunyan rang a loud bell for me, and got me thinking back to my elementary school days which I can distinctly remember how I was captivated by the legendary story of “Paul Bunyan,” who I bet was the inspiration for the 1960’s Jimmy Dean smashing hit that my dad introduced me to when talking about some of his all-time favorite recording artists of the Country genre who were way up on the list with Johnny Cash from out in the Big Country, where this big hit came from; Big Bad John!

    Getting into Paul Bunyan just now I want to paste two headings in a search that stand out and are also inspirational as part of Great Americana all in place with the Great Christian Heritage of our Great Nation under God!
    First here is the Wikipedia encapsulation: Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack and folk hero in American and Canadian folklore.

    His exploits revolve around the tall tales of his superhuman labors, and he is customarily accompanied by Babe the Blue Ox. The character originated in the oral tradition of North American loggers, and was later popularized by freelance writer William B.Wikipedia

    Birthplace: Various claimed, Bemidji, Minnesota, Akeley, Minnesota, Brainerd, Minnesota, Bangor, Maine, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Oscoda, Michigan, Ossineke, Michigan, Manistique, Michigan, St. Ignace, Michigan, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wausau, Wisconsin


    Nationality:French-Canadian American

    Modern Day Paul Bunyan

    “Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack in American folklore who has long been the hero of the American logging camps. His exploits, which revolved around the tall tales of his superhuman labors, were told by the fires of bunkhouses in the northern camps from Wisconsin to Maine, from Minnesota to Oregon, to Washington and California for decades.”

    “Paul Bunyan is a larger-than-life folk hero who embodies frontier vitality. He is a symbol of might, the willingness to work hard, and the resolve to overcome all obstacles. He was popularized by newspapermen across the country in 1910 and has been a part of the American culture ever since.”


    Well sorry I didn’t know much about the book, yet; but wanted to add some good family Americana to this great reading venue you offered here! Great idea!

    God bless you.

    God bless America!

    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III


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