The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

The Pilgrim's Progress

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 confronts such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despai...


Details The Pilgrim's Progress

TitleThe Pilgrim's Progress
ISBN9780486426754
Author
Release DateFeb 10th, 2003
PublisherDover Publications
LanguageEnglish
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...
  • Alex
    2015-01-09
    Pilgrim's Progress is about two delusional assholes wandering around being dicks to people, so it's basically a takeoff of Don Quixote. But 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. They're such jerks.It starts with a guy named Christian abandoning his family to wander off in search of a magical city. "H...
  • 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 ...
  • 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....
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jonathan Terrington
    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 ...
  • Teresa Proença
    2017-09-04
    A minha fé que este fosse um livro do meu agrado era nula mas - antes de ler um outro livro, que lhe faz algumas alusões - entreguei-me ao sacrifício. A partir do meio, estava estafada. Estas penitências custam-me muito. "O segredo da felicidade. O poder da fé. A força libertadora do amor.", é uma frase aliciante da contracapa (em maiúsculas). A pena é eu não acreditar nestas coisas...Também se lê na contracapa que este "é considerad...
  • Amy
    2012-10-28
    Third time through, finally found an audio version we love! My fourth child will start this in the fall. Love it and highly recommend because of the great discussion.
  • 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...
  • M.K. Aneal
    2012-09-26
    One of my favorite books!!!
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Laura
    2013-07-21
    From DailyLit:Christian leaves his family to seek the "Celestial City," a place unlike the sinful world he has seen so far. On the way, he encounters many challenges, each time proving that he can withstand what might lead him astray. A classic allegory about faith and the many tests a soul must face over the course of a lifetime's spiritual journey.Read free online at DailyLit.Free download available at Project Gutenberg.And the free audio versi...
  • R.A.
    2017-09-24
    {2nd read}This is a good book!!! The whole book was great, but I've always loved the last bit the best. When Christian and Hopeful read the Celestial City! It's so wonderful and amazing! And that small part when Ignorance arrives - from riding the rowboat across the river - I always smile, because I remember it so well in the movie! Even though he went to Hell in the end, it still made me laugh when he so proudly rowed across that dangerous river...
  • Rachel Schultz
    2018-02-06
    What a blessing to the church. The last chapter is a treasure.
  • Annie
    2017-07-17
    Reads like satire, but just... isn't? I feel like it's mocking itself but I really don't think it is? It's just really hard to take this book seriously. It's incredibly dated, mind-numbingly boring, and obscenely moralizing. This book felt like my entire childhood of nuns making me kneel on the hard marble floor for laughing in chapel on Friday mornings. I love allegory as much as your mom, but I do like just a tiny bit of subtlety. In Pilgrim's ...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2017-10-29
    Catching up with the classics # 4I found this a rather clever piece of religious and moral teaching. The book consists of two parts-Christian’s travails to reach the Celestial Kingdom then his wife and children follow. I didn’t enjoy part two nearly as much as part one. It was a bit more preachy. But the names of the characters such as: Mrs. Wanton, Mr. Timorous, Mr. Brisk, and the demon-lion Apollyon tell the tales of what our heroes face al...