Bunyan’s time in prison was not as bad as some as he was allowed visits from his family who brought him food and from time to time. He was even allowed out of prison and he took advantage of this to preach as often as he could. The prison was very crowded, the hygiene was dreadful and life very hard. In order to support his family he made shoe-laces and wrote. Before being imprisoned Bunyan had written a few tracts and a couple of books which had been published. In prison he wrote numerous things including ‘A Discourse Touching Prayer’ published in 1662 and his autobiography ‘Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners’ published in 1666 which became very popular.