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Saturday, August 05, 2017

John Bunyan's "The Holy War" Is A Textbook!! -- Review of Teresa Suttles's Book



Three years ago I learned that John Bunyan's The Holy War was intended to be a TEXTBOOK  !!  I was intending to post this here at that time but somehow it "slipped thru the cracks", as the saying goes.  OK, to substantiate this idea I present to you below my review of the book which sets forth this thesis. 

I know it sounds strange but please read this book review. Here is another strange thing about this.  The scholar I quote lives just several miles north of where I live in Coweta County, GA, which is one of the counties on the Southside of Atlanta !! This is how I found out about this!!



Reviews Of Books Recently Written By Southside Authors
Compiled by: Forrest W. Schultz 770-583-3258

November 4, 2014

"The Holy War" As Textbook

A Review of

Teresa Suttles John Bunyan's "The Holy War": An Updated                  Version, 2nd Ed.(Booklocker, 2014)
               244 pp $15.26 ISBN: 978-1-60910-491-7

Reviewer: Forrest W. Schultz

      John Bunyan, whose Pilgrim's Progress was a best seller in England and America for many years, also wrote another allegory, The Holy War. Literary scholar Dr. Teresa Suttles, who lives in Moreland in Coweta County, has produced an updated version of the language in The Holy War in the book under review. It still has a 17th century flavor but is easier for the modern American to read than the original.

      The Holy War is very important to Dr. Suttles because she used it in the education of her children and is promoting its use among other Christian homeschooling parents for teaching a practical application of the Christian doctrine of sin and salvation. This is a wise choice because it is a good textbook, and it is not unputdownable, like Pilgrim's Progress is. It needs to be put down for careful thought and study as you do with a good textbook. And Suttles has wisely added to each chapter questions and answers pertaining to the material in that chapter, as is generally done with textbooks.

      To sum up -- if you expect The Holy War to be a literary thriller, you will be disappointed. If you study it like a textbook, you will gain a clear understanding of the Christian view of life.


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