Books are fascinating! There are so many and many have a short life of influence, while there are some that just keep coming back into the spotlight to influence once again. It is the latter of these categories that John Bunyan’s, “The Pilgrim’s Progress” (henceforth, TPP) fits neatly and powerfully into!
I am redesigning a lecture for my seminarians in Travel Epistles. Since many of them are graduating soon it is my last semester to influence and train them. My wife and I are preparing to invite them to our home for an evening and I will take a bit of time to walk through the life and theology of John Bunyan and his amazingly influential book.
These young seminarians have just finished reading TPP twice and doing a response paper on every 7-8 chapters along the way. The TPP was not a children’s book by any means, though it is appealing to children in some aspects. The modern children’s versions are well done and recommended.
John Bunyan wrote it as a powerful allegory, based on Scripture to show salvation and sanctification all the way to the “Celestial City” (Heaven). I believe that this new generation could benefit from it greatly.
Bunyan said he wrote it to captivate his audience so that they would look at Jesus and their true state without Him as Savior as well as their walk of faith and holiness as a follower of Christ. The book certainly captivated me and I have now either read it through or listened to an audio version 8 times thus far with a goal of 50 times eventually! That goal is far short of Charles Haddon Spurgeon who read it over 100 times in his lifetime!
I recommend TPP to anyone wanting to supplement their Bible reading with a picturesque and Bible-inspired resource. I would love to see more young people reading and talking about it as well. It would be awesome to have The Pilgrim’s Progress in the spotlight again.
Click on the Bunyan picture below and follow the link to a blog post on “The Cripplegate” on this very subject. I pray the Lord will bless you through it and cause you to desire to read this fantastic book. TPP is written in modern English and this is a great benefit to a new generation! Click here to go see it on Amazon in Modern English and here for the children's picture book version.
Blessings in Christ!
Robert Thomas Clark, M.Div.
Follower of Christ