To Be a Pilgrim: A Modern Christian Allegory Inspired by John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress by Jon R. Caldwell
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.