We are very interested to know about your experience with this classic book.
In the comments, let us know if you’ve read the book before and if so, what are were your impressions.
If you’ve never read it before, what are looking to get from this book?
What copy are you reading – Modern English, the original, Little Pilgrim or some other version?
I have read the Pilgrim’s Progress with illustrations by Mike Wimmer to my kids. I’ve also read the Penguin classic version twice. I am looking forward to this fourth reread because, as my life progresses and I continue my journey I find myself relating to different parts of Pilgrim’s journey.
I’m reading the Moody Classics version. This is my first time through, but I can guarantee it won’t be the last!
I remember my mother reading Pilgrim’s Progress to us when I was young. I think she read the Little Pilgrim’s Progress. But this is my first time reading it on my own. I’m reading the Pilgrim’s Progress in Today’s English. I’m enjoying it. I read a passage from chapter 1 where Christian is describing heaven to Pliable to my 80 year old mother who’s body and mind are failing:
Christian: There are crowns of glory to be given and bright garments that will make us shine like the sun in the firmament of heaven.
Pliable: That is marvelous. And what else?
Christian: We shall be with seraphim and cherubim, dazzling beings to see. There also we shall meet with thousands and thousands of the redeemed of this earth who have gone on before us to that happy land, all of them pure and good, every one walking in holiness, and enjoying the presence of the King forever.”
Mom turned to me and said: “I can’t wait!”
Just finished the first two chapters and am having a hard time getting over that Christian just abandoned his wife and children. Hoping that gets redeemed later in the book! Or, is it an example of hyper-individualism that is part of our modern American protestant theology?
Bill, sneak a quick peek at the Second Part of the book (Book Two or Chapter Twelve, depending on what version your reading).
I agree we are in a hyper-individualistic culture, but Bunyan wasn’t. First, he wasn’t American, and secondly, he was writing four-hundred years ago. I think part of this is his reality. Much of the book was written while Bunyan was in prison, separated from his wife and four children (one of whom was blind). He could have set himself free by simply agreeing not to preach to the gospel, but he couldn’t do it.
This is Bunyan writing Jesus’ words from Matthew 19 into his allegory, “…everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”