John Bunyan (1628-1688) was born at Elstow, England, about a mile from Bedford, and became one of the most influential authors of the seventeenth century. Few writers in history have left such a wealth of Christ-centered writings.
Bunyan’s moving conversion is recorded in his Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. Bunyan was arrested November 12, 1660, for preaching without the approval of the Anglican Church. He was charged with “teaching men to worship God contrary to the law” and was in jail more than twelve years. His most well-known work, The Pilgrim’s Progress, was written while in the Bedford jail. [source]
"Barren fig tree, dost thou hear?...Barren fig-tree, fruitless
Christian, do not thine ears tingle?" (The Barren Fig Tree)