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The Acceptable Sacrifice - Puritan Paperbacks (Bunyan)

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In John Bunyan’s book, Acceptable Sacrifice, he addresses the question, what can man bring to God which will be excellent and acceptable in His sight? Bunyan’s answer may surprise us – a broken and contrite heart. This is the ‘acceptable sacrifice’ of the title.

In this moving exposition of Psalm 51:17, the last work which he prepared for the press, Bunyan shows from Scripture why a broken heart is so acceptable to God. He characterizes the unbroken heart of man, showing why it must be made contrite, and explains the nature of the change which is involved. He also guides the reader in discerning whether this change has taken place, and shows how the heart, once broken, can be kept tender.

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Table of Contents:

  1. The Text Explained
  2. A Broken Heart Is Truly Excellent
  3. The Unbroken Heart, and How It Is Made Contrite
  4. Signs of a Broken Heart
  5. Why the Heart Must Be Broken
  6. Why God So Esteems a Broken Heart
  7. Keeping the Heart Tender
  8. Uses of the Doctrine
  9. Some Objections Considered



John Bunyan (1628-1688) was born the son of a metalworker near Bedford, England. He went on to become a famous preacher and writer and during his life penned over 2 million words, his most famous work being ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’.