John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress
Hello all! Today I would like to remind some, and introduce to others, a wonderful book called The Pilgrim’s Progress. This is a book that I truly wish I had known about and read as a teen. It is definitely, in my opinion, one that should be read by every believer. Written by John Bunyan, the book gives readers a chance to follow Christian as he travels to the Celestial city.
John Bunyan lived during the 1600s. He endured persecution for preaching the gospel, even to the point of imprisonment on more than one occasion. He could have freed himself just by vowing not to preach; however, he refused. He boldly declared that he would rather stay in prison until moss covered his eyelids than neglect to do as God commanded him. It was during one of these terms of imprisonment that he penned The Pilgrim’s Progress.
Though Bunyan authored a number of other books, Pilgrim’s Progress is by far his most famous work. Published in 1678, it has never been out of print. In a day when printing was not as quick and easy a task as it is today, 100,000 copies were printed in 1692 alone! Pilgrim’s Progress has also been translated into over 200 languages.
The Pilgrim’s Progress takes the reader on a journey, allowing them to see the Christian life lived out from earth to glory. Using allegory, John Bunyan provides many lessons and examples for believers and unbelievers alike. You will learn about the tests and struggles along the narrow way. The tricks and attacks of the enemy that all encounter in some form or fashion along their journey. You will also come to understand the need for obedience and perseverance, as well as the importance of focus and determination no matter what others say and do. One will also recognize how much assistance the Lord provides to help believers reach their destination.
I believe anyone who reads it will easily see that there is a reason this book has never been out of print.
The Pilgrim’s Progress is an awesome book and quite possibly one of the most important after the Bible! Charles Spurgeon said he read it at least 100 times!!
Read it. You will not be disappointed.
And please don’t ignore part 2, Christiana. It provides even more valuable lessons and examples that are equally as important as those Bunyan presents in part 1.
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Until next time,
Let’s hear some chatter out there! Have you read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress?
What did you think about it?
How was it helpful/encouraging?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.