The Pilgrim's Progress
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John Bunyan's 1678 fable The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most fundamental works of English literature. This is the tale of a spiritual journey that demands the utmost commitment from all who embark upon it. Christian is a young man who seeks the "Celestial City," a place of beauty and peace much unlike the sinful world he knows. Leaving his home and family behind, Christian encounters challenges and villains on his way, each time forced to prove that his faith can withstand all those who would lead him astray. Christian's family is inspired by his noble example and soon follows in his path, hoping to be reunited with him in paradise. The Pilgrim's Progress is a classic allegory about faith and the many tests one must face over the course of a lifetime's spiritual journey.
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John Bunyan (1628-88) took inspiration for his classic work, The Pilgrim's Progress, from his personal experiences with faith. Bunyan lived a simple life in an English village, subject to the same trials and tribulations as most of his fellow men. Coming to terms with what he felt to be a series of reckless choices in his youth, Bunyan began his spiritual journey fresh with his acceptance to the Baptist Church. His conviction brought him to speak out on religious issues of the day, some of which brought him much trouble and suffering. Undaunted by consequences or disagreement, Bunyan felt he answered a higher calling. When he was thrown in prison for his violation of laws regarding preachers' licenses, Bunyan took the opportunity to write The Pilgrim's Progress. His work would change the face of Christian literature forever, and children and adults alike have taken comfort and inspiration from it for hundreds of years.Back to top
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Before I was aware, I this begun.
In more than twenty things which I set down.
Like sparks that from the coals of fire do fly.
The book that I already am about.
I did it my own self to gratify.
From worser thoughts which make me do amiss.
And quickly had my thoughts in black and white.
For length ...
Reviewed by HollyToll on Apr 4, 2009
Ingenious! An allegory of the Christian life and struggles.
The characters portray aspects of the Christian walk, both good and evil. Biblical references throughout keep the reader on track with the author's point that life is a journey with many pitfalls and deceivers. An immensely enjoyable read. I even recognized some of the characters from my own life!
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