Tinker's Daughter (Daughters of the Faith Series): A Story Based on the Life of Mary Bunyan

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John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress, only mentioned one of his children in his memoirs--Mary. Born blind, her story still intrigues us today. Mary developed a fierce determination for independence despite her disability after years of proving she was not hindered by her blindness. Only when she admits she needs help does she tap into the Source of all strength.

Imagines the search for faith experienced by the ten-year-old blind daughter of John Bunyan, author ...

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The Tinker's Daughter: A Story Based on the Life of Mary Bunyan

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John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress, only mentioned one of his children in his memoirs--Mary. Born blind, her story still intrigues us today. Mary developed a fierce determination for independence despite her disability after years of proving she was not hindered by her blindness. Only when she admits she needs help does she tap into the Source of all strength.

Imagines the search for faith experienced by the ten-year-old blind daughter of John Bunyan, author of "Pilgrim's Progess," during her father's imprisonment for preaching found contrary to the edicts of the Church of England.

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Warm and inspiring, The Tinker's Daughter abounds with word pictures that bring meaning to the world of blind Mary Bunyan.  Sure to touch a family's heart!
-Lois Walfrid Johnson, Author, Adventures of the North Woods and The Riverboat Adventures Series

A great read!  Mary Bunyan's life shows the power of God's Word to change hearts and overcome hardships, whether you live in the 1600s or today.
-Pamela Walls, Author, Abby & The South Seas Adventures series

Wendy Lawton has a gift for transporting her readers back in time and making that time so real.  One cannot help but admire Mary Bunyan, who, though blind, is able to accomplish so much.  What a wonderful example of love, sometimes tough love, in action.  Mary's life is her testimony, and this powerfully written story makes one want to be like her.
-Lauraine Snelling, Author, Golden Filly and High Hurdle series

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802440990
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Daughters of the Faith Series
  • Pages: 131
  • Sales rank: 530,682
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Farewell at the Forge

2. Black of Night

3. Quarrel in the Kitchen

4. Slough of Despond

5. St. Andrew's Day Fair

6. An Unusual Friendship

7. Gypsies, Beggars, and Tinkers

8. Putting the Pieces in Place

9. Uproar at the Cottage

10. Gifre's Attack

11. The Healing Begins

12. All Things Through Christ

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    I found Mary Bunyan's story very interesting. She was a blind gi

    I found Mary Bunyan's story very interesting. She was a blind girl, and she had an independent spirit. This book is only a fictional account of her life. Her papa, the famous John Bunyan (author of Pilgrims' Progress) was a preacher. Mary is proud to say he is her father, even when he gets in trouble with the authorities and is sent to prison, because he is doing good works. Mary believes in God, but she also thinks she can handle life by herself, without extra guidance. However, that is not where this story steers Mary. Someone new steps into her life to teach her a lesson.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Great Series for Girls

    The Tinker's Daughter is a story based on the life of Mary Bunyan. John Bunyan, the puritan preacher who wrote Pilgrim's Progress, had 10 children. Only the name of one of them is known, Mary. It is also known that she was blind from birth. This story is loosely based upon those few facts and what can be known about what life was like for the Puritans. At the beginning of the story, John has been taken to Prison and his second wife Elizabeth is expecting her first child. Mary sets out at the beginning to find a way to provide for their family while her father is in prison.

    There are several things I love about this story.
    -It is well written. Attention was paid to details--even in how color was described in terms of sound or touch, which is appropriate when speaking to someone who has never seen color (or at least that's what I found when I researched it).
    -I like the use of the glossary at the back and the italicized words to help readers know which words are explained in the glossary. It is very helpful and makes the story more sound more feasible.
    -The story of how Mary came to truly trust God to take care of her and her family was a sweet, hopeful, and encouraging story.
    -I am glad that the author explained at the end what is and isn't known about Mary Bunyan. This will help readers understand that this is historical fiction--but it is not a biography. Just as many movies say they are based upon a real story, so are many books. These adaptations are not 100% true to the real story, but they resemble what is known.

    I did ask my daugher, who is 7, to read it and she acquiesced, but she didn't get into it. I think this is because though she can read the book, she still wants a few pictures. This would be a great book for 4th-8th grade girls. It is listed in Heart of Dakota's history read alouds for 6-8th grades.

    Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishing for review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    I enjoyed this book

    This book was an excellent historical story. The story was inspirational in that the main character found God through her shortcomeings, and accepted that she needed Him, but I found this book kind of slow reading. It took some time for the events to actually happen. I would still recommend this book, however, because it is always enjoyable to me when historical figures are brought to life on the pages of a book.

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