The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

BOOK OF THE MONTH // January

 

This book doesn’t really need an introduction, or a review if we’re honest. However, as a big fan of classic literature, I always think there’s no harm in reminding ourselves of those stories that have stood the test of time, passing on the treasure they encapsulate for the next generation. The Pilgrim’s Progress was published in 1678 – how remarkable that we are still talking about Christian’s journey to the Celestial City almost 350 years later!

This timeless allegory explores the journey that every Christian will take to reach the cross and salvation, and then the troubles and trials that we will all inevitably face. Don’t let the fact that this book is written in 17th-century language deter you, Bunyan’s writing style assumes a remarkably contemporary tone. Furthermore, the message is plain: there is a lot to deter you in your Christian walk, with enemies who mean you harm and well-intentioned people who will distract you. But there will also be faithful friends and brave veterans who will help us on our way.

Bunyan himself was clearly a devoted reader of the Scriptures. He combines doctrinal reflections and symbolism with vivid characters and a refreshing literary style. Compared to other literary classics this is not a difficult read. However, it will challenge you, and maybe even inspire you, in your Christian walk. There is a reason that The Pilgrim’s Progress has been translated into more than 200 languages, has never been out of print, and remains one of the most widely read books in the English language! Maybe it’s your turn to give it go?

 

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