The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

The Pilgrim's Progress

Often rated as important as the Bible as a Christian document, this famous story of man's progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful drama of the pilgrim's trials and temptations follows him in his harrowing journey to the Celestial City.Along a road filled with monsters and spiritual terrors, Christian confro...


Details The Pilgrim's Progress

TitleThe Pilgrim's Progress
ISBN9780486426754
Author
Release DateFeb 10th, 2003
PublisherDover Publications
Number of pages324 pages
GenreClassics, Fiction, Christian, Religion, Christian Fiction, Christianity, Theology, Literature, Fantasy, Spirituality
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Reviews The Pilgrim's Progress

  • Paul Bryant
    2012-04-23
    In the dawn of the day Reader began his quest for the Great Denoument with a glad heart, his countenance suffused by the Joy of Literature Yet Unread and unburthened by Mercantile Drear. He knew he should soon pass threw Goodreads City which was said to be very Malevolent yet still he feared not and sang out hymns and epithalamions addressed to the Archangels Proust, Joyce and Bolano which should look over him as he ventured. Eftsoons, he met wit...
  • Paul
    2007-08-27
    I read this book during my second deployment to Iraq as well and it took me quite a while to finish it. I had seen this book referenced often and I wanted to read it on my own. The overall consensus is that it is a very compelling book and will pull at your soul's emotional strings with its simplicity and candor. But also there were three major hurdles to finishing this book--for me, at least:It was first published in 1678 so it is not an easy re...
  • Ryan
    2008-03-02
    So you know when you hear that Citizen Kane is the best movie ever because of how revolutionary it was during its time period, and then you watch it and you realize that the key phrase is "during its time period"? Well, reading Pilgrim's Progress is likely to leave many with the same feeling. No doubt one of the greatest modern religious texts in terms of what it provided for early Puritans (an easy and concrete representation of their theology a...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2009-10-09
    I have a few versions of this on my shelves from the nicely bound hard back to paper backs I can hand out (you know "loan").This is (as I'm sure most already know) an allegorical journey depicting the struggles of living the Christian life. John Bunyan was a Baptist imprisoned when it was against the law to be a be Baptist. He was imprisoned for (aprox.) twelve years for refusing to convert to Anglicanism (Church of England)...this sort of thing ...
  • Ian
    2012-04-23
    A Response to Paul Bryant's Review:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...Mr. HonestThen it came to pass a while after, that there was a post in the town that inquired for Mr. Honest Paul Bryant. So he came to the house where he was, and delivered to his hand these lines: “Thou art commanded to be ready against this day seven-night, to present thyself before thy Lord at his Father’s house. “And for a token that my message is true, all the ...
  • Jessica
    2008-09-05
    The Pilgrim's Progress is a wonderful work written by a 17th-century Puritan, John Bunyan, from his prison cell in a time of persecution. J.C. Ryle wrote of this book, “I do not doubt that the one volume of Pilgrim’s Progress, written by a man who knew hardly any book but his Bible, and was ignorant of Greek and Latin, will prove in the last day to have done more for the benefit of the world, than all the works of the schoolmen put together....
  • Alex
    2015-01-09
    Pilgrim's Progress is basically a takeoff of Don Quixote, with two delusional assholes wandering around being dicks to people, but it plays its jokes closer to the vest. The dreaming narrator seems unconscious of the fact that the pilgrims are both jerks. I suppose it's possible that they're not supposed to be jerks at all, but...no, that can't be right. It starts with a guy named Christian abandoning his family to wander off in search of a magic...
  • Stephen
    2007-09-01
    simply amazing. There is a reason why many literary critics consider this the best Christian book/read next to the Bible. This book although not a difficult read compared to other literary classics will definitely challenge you with its many allegories and metaphors of the Christian life. For anyone who thinks the Christian life is a soft cushy way needs to read this book.
  • K.D. Absolutely
    2010-01-16
    Fascinating allegory about man’s search for salvation. The fact that this was first published in 1678 by John Bunyan (1628-1688) and its message still rings true up to now makes this an appropriate read for those who believe in life after death. The only problem is that if you hate classics, then you will find this a struggle to read. Methinks however, that if you like novels with pilgrimage as theme (Paolo Coelho’s Pilgrimage is a good examp...
  • Roy Lotz
    2013-07-18
    Midway upon the journey between my home and work did I open the case of my kindle, and in that case I did there find a kindle. Then, I turned this kindle on and lo! what there did I find? The Pilgrim’s Progress. And so mine eyes began to read the screen. Thus, I did set upon another journey at that time, traveling from the beginning of the book to the end. And there I did find many new acquaintances.My first companion I came upon was Mr. Amusem...
  • Jonathan
    2011-09-15
    I'd wanted to write this review a while ago. However since I can't write it then I'll have to write it now. The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous examples of allegory and also one of the most popular books ever published. I've heard that at one time it was as common to find this book in a home as a copy of The Bible. This was one of those books I was introduced to as a child. You probably think I was an odd kid, reading books like this...
  • Emily
    2009-08-31
    This isn't easy for me to do, but I admit it. I give up. I can't make myself slog through this anymore.I picked this up as part of my ongoing project to read classics I've somehow missed out on in the first 31 years of my life. Also, an old friend listed it as one of her 20 Most Memorable Books on facebook, so I was expecting to be moved. Or instructed. Or touched. Maybe that was part of the problem. But I've had it out from the library for 6 wee...
  • C.
    2008-09-21
    I must say that I struggled rather with this book; I continually procrastinated from picking it up, and even when I actually got around to reading it, it was frankly pretty boring. Nonetheless, I'm sure it's a much better book than I give it credit for; context is all, so don't come back to me with essay-length descriptions of the circumstances under which it was written (I already know. I can and do read. Also I possess a brain) I did not like t...
  • Adam
    2012-09-05
    The Pilgrim's Progress, or Christianity for Dummies by John Bunyan.So... John Bunyan was a crazy and apparently exceedingly stupid man who wrote one of the most popular books ever in the Western literary tradition. I write of this book, obviously. The book's popularity and even its status as a Historically Important Classic is a harsh reminder of how immensely stupid and crazy humans, generally, are and always were. Because this book's status is ...
  • Brian
    2016-01-31
    I first heard of this book in Bible college. Today Christianity offers many opposing viewpoints and brings confusion and arguments to many. To those who hunger for and seek truth I understand the difficulty. I had my own journey and had to fail and become desperate before I found the real thing. This book gives clear and concise guidance on the Christian faith and makes it fun and exciting, as we follow a man's dangerous journey to escape the des...
  • Lise Petrauskas
    2014-11-15
    Oh, Pilgrim's Progress, how glad I am that I have finally read you and that I'll never have to read you again. Thank you for being shorter and easier to read than I was expecting. Little Women (obvious references) and The Lord of the Rings (not so obvious), both books I've loved since childhood, came to mind as having been heavily influenced by you in different ways. The value in this book lies, for me, in the fact that it gives me some insight i...
  • David Sarkies
    2015-04-11
    7 things you probably knew about Pilgrim's Progress22 April 2015 Well, I will have to thank the Classics of the Western Canon discussion group for selecting Pilgrim's Progess for this month's read because otherwise it would have continued to sit on my shelf until such a time as I got around to reading it. Okay, I probably don't follow the readings of many of these groups as closely as some do, but they can be good to spur me on to reading a book ...
  • Shantelle
    2011-11-01
    This great classic, The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, was actually different than I expected. After reading the "children's version" for school when I was younger, I was picturing something decidedly more lighthearted and adventurous. But nonetheless, this was a good read!In this book, John Bunyan describes his dream, where he sees a man named Christian living in the City of Destruction, with a great burden on his back. The poor man must fig...
  • John
    2014-02-05
    I first read Bunyan's masterpiece in college. It was lost on my youth. Being groomed by some thoughtful literature professors who had an allergic reaction to allegory I found the book dull on every level. I thought it was trite, preachy, simplistic, and didn't connect with it on an emotional level. I picked up the book again because of a nagging suspicion that it was me, not Bunyan that failed in our first meeting. I'm so glad I did. As much as a...
  • Mary Kate
    2012-09-26
    One of my favorite books!!!
  • Tara
    2008-07-06
    I just read this for the second time. It is really an amazing story. Through various characters that the pilgrim, Christian, and later his wife, Christiana, meet in their journies, we are introduced to various aspects of our own character and how those traits can help or hinder us in life's journey. The journey/story can get tedious at times, and while the story doesn't have the drama or excitement of a C.S. Lewis book, I find that John Bunyan's ...
  • El
    2015-08-06
    (I read this book as part of a reading project I have undertaken with some other nerdy friends in which we read The Novel: A Biography and some of the other texts referenced by Schmidt.)It took me from Aug 6 to today to read the first half of the book. And then I read the second half of the book in one sitting.Here's the thing - this is not a good bedside table book. Aside from its soporific quality (because it's boring), it really needs to be re...
  • Schuyler
    2015-01-01
    One editor at a writing conference admonished her students to be careful not to attempt to copy the Bible exactly in their writing. The Bible is complete and perfect, and it is foolish to try to copy it too closely; you'll only make a less powerful knock-off. Perhaps Pilgrim's Progress could be the one excusable exception. :)The story is rich and true; it never dragged for me but once, and even that didn't take long to get through. Bunyan writes ...
  • Joe Cassada
    2014-06-11
    I read it again, for the first time. I wish all Christians would read this book - and read it regularly. And don't settle for those abridged versions or those versions that leave out the second part. Bunyan wrote two parts to the book: one about Christian, and the other about Christiana (Christian's wife). The second part is very helpful in adding some detail and explanation to the first. So be sure to to get a version with parts 1 and 2. Lamenta...
  • Lena Morrison
    2014-10-28
    I do my reviews in the form of a letter, which is why they are written like this.Dear John Bunyan, I'll admit, this was better than I expected. It might have helped a little that the one that I had was translated into a more modern English. For an allegory, this works really well. Christian is a good character. He's like an actual Christian. He's zealous for Jesus, he loves others, but he also messes up and fails every once in a while. His journ...
  • Ted
    2013-01-08
    Read this decades ago. It's still considered by many a classic, but to me it's more a curiosity. Thinking back on the experience through the intervening haze, I have the impression that it could be likened to buying indulgences in medieval times; and the one about as worthwhile as the other.
  • Arpana
    2008-04-29
    I read this as a kid and loved it. Then I read it as an adult.What a freaky load of old schizoid tosh.
  • Steven
    2015-02-24
    Grand and visionary Christian allegory that is more like Lord of the Rings than the Bible.
  • Gary
    2017-02-23
    Bunyan leaves nothing to the imagination. All the characters that "Christian" meet on his journey to the Celestial Kingdom are named so you know who they are (Mr. Atheist, Piety, Faith,...., and towns are named Destruction, Vanity Faire and so on). It is an easy book to read and follow. "Man is the measure of all things" is a formulation for humanism. Bunyan strives to take people out of the equation. We must outsource our authentic selves (he sa...