In the preface to the book, a friend of the Russian human rights activist Alexander Ogorodnikov Lord David Alton says that the life story of this man is a testimony of his exceptional courage and self-sacrifice, and that it is our responsibility to share it with all the future generations. The author of the book looked at that task as his mission. He wrote a truly heroic saga about a man who not only fought the Soviet regime but also defended other people.
This biography helps, among others, to remember somewhat forgotten superlatives. According to the biographer, John Bunyan's best known allegory of the Christian life, The Pilgrim's Progress, is still the world's second most published book after the Bible. In any case, it is one of the acknowledged classics of English literature. It is hardly surprising, then, that its 17th century Nonconformist writer can be labeled as "one of the most influential Christians of all time" (p. 64). Furthermore, the story of Bunyan's life embodies the struggle for religious freedom and the willingness to bear persecution for Christ's sake in an ideal-typical way. This pioneer for freedom of worship spent more than twelve years in prison for unlicensed preaching and continued to preach with the pen. Some of his greatest works originated in Bedford county jail where he was allowed only a Bible and Foxe's Book of Martyrs.