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Few Christians have impacted the church as has John Bunyan. If you enjoyed Pilgrim’s Progress, The Holy War, or any of his various evergreen writings, do also allow yourself the reward of soaking in John Bunyan’s classic, Christian poetry. You will be delighted as a child, challenged if a sinner, and rewarded richly as a fellow believer.
The classic drama of Christian’s journey to discover eternal life offers readers encouragement and direction for their own pilgrimage.
About the Author
John Bunyan (1628-1688) was an English preacher and author best known today for his religious allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress, which became one of the most published books in the English language in the centuries following Bunyan’s death. He spent twelve years in prison for leading religious gatherings other than at the established Anglican parish church. It was during this time in prison Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, though it was not published for another six years after his release in 1672.
THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS AS YOU’VE NEVER READ IT BEFORE
The rag man is doomed aboard the U.S.S. Destruction, a cruiser in the United States Navy turning circles in the middle of the ocean.
Christian Newman, a First Class Boatswain’s Mate and deep sea diver is the rag man. Burdened with the guilt and shame of his sin as revealed in the book in his hand, he must escape the nuclear holocaust appointed for his ship and its crew in the final judgment; a condemnation which will sink the cruiser below Davey Jones’ Locker.
When Evan Gelist Herald, a preacher and evangelist, points the rag man toward a small hatch on the beach, the sailor jumps ship and his adventure begins. With a course set for the hatch and the cross of Christ on the narrow way, his pilgrimage will take Newman through many dangers, toils and snares in his journey to the Celestial City. He will meet with angels, actors, lions, liars, giants, dragons, zombies, angry mobs, Satan‘s Spout, and a multitude of circumstances to test his faith in Christ and his love for Christ.
MORE THAN A MERE MODERN TRANSLATION…
John Bunyan’s famous allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress, is one of the most read books in the English language, second only to the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
Today, however, there are Christians who have never read The Pilgrim’s Progress. There are others who have attempted to read it, however, 17th century puritanical English has been a bit difficult for some modern readers. With others still, who may have read a more updated version of Mr. Bunyan’s allegory, for them, the modern edition still needed more explanation or commentary.
Because the book is in novel form, the telling of John Bunyan’s great allegory can be conveyed while maintaining the power, impact and poetic beauty of the original. To Be a Pilgrim goes beyond a mere modern translation of Cromwellian English and takes the imagery of puritan history and connects its themes with many of the issues the church faces today.
A FAMILIAR YET UNIQUE STORY
To Be a Pilgrim is unique because, although it follows the basic story line of The Pilgrim’s Progress, new characters and circumstances have been introduced in order to connect the 17th century past with the 21st century present. Therefore, those familiar with John Bunyan’s classic tome will find a fresh story within these pages… and those who have never read The Pilgrim’s Progress will enjoy the accessibility of the timeless truths the Bedford preacher illustrated so many years ago.
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- The Holy War
- The Pilgrim’s Progress
- Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
- The Heavenly Footman or, A description of the man that gets to heaven: with directions how to run so as to obtain
- The Pharisee and Publican
- The Jerusalem Sinner Saved; or, Good News for the Vilest of Men
- An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
- The Acceptable Sacrifice: The Excellency of a Broken Heart
- The Life and Death of Mr. Badman
- and more
Often disguised as something that would help him, evil accompanies Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. As you walk with him, you’ll begin to identify today’s many religious pitfalls. These are presented by men such as Pliable, who turns back at the Slough of Despond; and Ignorance, who believes he’s a true follower of Christ when he’s really only trusting in himself. Each character represented in the Pilgrim’s Progress allegory is intentionally and profoundly accurate in its depiction of what we see all around us, and unfortunately, what we too often see in ourselves. But while Christian is injured and nearly killed, he eventually prevails to the end. So can you.
The best part of this book is the Bible verses added to the text. The original Pilgrim’s Progress listed the Bible verse references, but the verses themselves are so impactful when tied to the scenes in this allegory, that they are now included within the text of this book. The text is tweaked just enough to make it readable today, for the young and the old. Youngsters in particular will be drawn to the original illustrations included in this wonderful classic.
About the Author
John Bunyan was born November 1628, in Elstow, England. A celebrated English minister and preacher, he wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), the book that was the most characteristic expression of the Puritan religious outlook. His other works include doctrinal and controversial writings; a spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding (1666); and the allegory The Holy War (1682).