The Very Heart of Prayer: Reclaiming the Spirituality of John Bunyan


“Najapfour advances a well-researched thesis that Bunyan was in fact a sectarian Puritan. While Bunyan was not a Puritan in the sense of a reformer within the Church of England, Najapfour demonstrates that Bunyan embraced a Reformed and Puritan spirituality—godliness empowered by biblical truth. Not only does Najapfour bridge the gap between scholarly and pious readings of Bunyan, but he also explores Bunyan’s view of prayer, the Holy Spirit, and godliness in a way that enriches our minds and souls.”

—Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


“Brian Najapfour has provided the church with a helpful introduction to Bunyan’s spirituality. I commend this book, and more importantly Bunyan himself, as a conversation partner for all evangelicals who desire a Word-centered, Spirit-led, gospel-driven spirituality.”

—Dr. Nathan A. Finn, Assistant Professor of Church History and Baptist Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.


“This new study by Brian Najapfour opens up to us Puritan views on what it means to pray in the Spirit and how deeper godliness is to be sought. Here we have solid help from some of Bunyan’s lesser known devotional writings. Those who are seeking serious godliness in our own times will find a good deal to help them in this book.”

—Rev. Maurice Roberts, Minister of Greyfriars Congregation, Inverness, Scotland, and former editor of Banner of Truth magazine.


“A blend of history, biography, and practical theology, Najapfour’s book will be of profit to anyone who wants to learn more about either the life and times of the remarkable John Bunyan or about prayer.”

—Dr. Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.


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  1. For a new book on John Bunyan, please see “The Holy War: Annotated Companion to The Pilgrim’s Progress,” Daniel V. Runyon, Ed. Pickwick Publications, Eugene, OR, 2012.

  2. Brian, I am reading “The Very Heart of Prayer” with great interest and will be writing a review of it in “The Recorder,” a publication of the International John Bunyan Society. I think you would greatly enjoy getting to know the many serious scholars who study the works of Bunyan, and I would like to invite you to Princeton in August to meet with us. For more information please see
    Daniel V. Runyon, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of English
    Spring Arbor University
    Spring Arbor, MI 49283

    1. Dan, thank you for your interest in my book. As a member of the International John Bunyan Society, I receive a copy of “The Recorder.” I look forward then to reading your review in the next issue of that publication.

      I hope to meet you someday.

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