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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Darton, Longman & Todd (19 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023252954X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0232529548
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A multi-layered, multi-faceted book written for anybody who is interested in the inner journey within the spiritual life. --Birgit Ewald, Reform Magazine

About the Author

Simon Parke is modern-day writer and mystic. He was a priest in the Church of England for twenty years as well as a script-writer for Spitting Image and a Sony award-winning for radio writer. As well as many books, including The Beautiful Life (Bloomsbury), One-Minute Mindfulness (Hay House) and Shelf Life (Random House), he has written a weekly column in the Daily Mail for the last four years. A pilot episode for his comedy/drama Shelf Life is currently being made by ITV Studios.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Wright on 21 Oct. 2012
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At the beginning of this book there is a quote from H A Williams which says

'To become fully yourself is a terrible risk.
It would commit you to God knows what and lead you to God knows where.'

If we were all more aware of ourselves it would be at this point only the brave would continue to read on.
This book allows people to read it at different levels. On a surface level it's a good story with some wonderful illustrations, but read from a deeper place, it offers an invite to journey to find out about ourselves warts and all.

As I said before 'Only the Brave'

But Pippa is brave and she sets out on this journey, and I was with her every step of the way.
I shared her fear, her frustrations, her anger, her longing and ultimately her joy. I'll even admit to shedding a few tears.

'Pippa's Progress' like 'Pilgrim's Progress' is an allegory and therefore every character and place is a metaphor for a state of being or a way to understand a state of being.

Read at this level it is deeply insightful. Simon Parke is able to capture the width, depth and breadth of human madness and human beauty.

The book is about Pippa's Journey, but it also invites every reader to travel alongside her to discover not only a truthful relationship with themselves but also the holding of something bigger and more mysterious altogether.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Packe on 22 Oct. 2012
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A person who tries to suggest that we are utterly insane in the way we live in our culture will often receive a hostile reaction. If that person goes on to suggest that it is important for humans to attain a higher level of consciousness, they risk losing all credibility and themselves being considered insane.

There is, however, a case to be made. Simon Parke has valuable insight, and can go on to find wonderful ways of putting it across with all of its impact and none of the hostile or incredulous reaction. That is his magic, and you will feel it in Pippa's Progress.

"The goal of life is to become who we are...The path is not to take you from one place to another, but from here to a deeper here." I especially liked that.

Having read it, I encourage anyone to try Pippa's Progress and perhaps try a bit of exploring of their own as they go. It is open to interpretation - it might seem light or it might seem very deep.

And then try it in different ways with a few of Simon's other books (I liked Solitude a lot, it really made me think).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lay Anglicana on 27 Dec. 2012
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I picked up this book in the naïve expectation that it would be a light-hearted take on Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, perhaps combined with Swiftian satire on the way we live now. Only 175 pages long, I anticipated a rapid and enjoyable read. Had I known more about Simon Parke, I would have known in advance that, while it was indeed that, the book is both more beguiling and more difficult to stand aside from or to escape than you might imagine.

But first, the fun part. I really enjoyed the puns and the allegorical names, as in Bunyan's version. I don't want to spoil your fun by listing them all here, so perhaps I can take the twelfth stage, the City of Socialmeja, as an example. Here, Pilgrim's guide is a young woman called Dee Straction as they go through this `gleaming city teaming with life'. Dee explains:

`it's where we're all, like, connected with every one and every thing!'...'So I'm talking to you, sure' said Dee, `total attention and all that, but I'm also texting a friend, tweeting my whereabouts to my 476 followers, checking my Facebook page, watching a film and trying to rent a house with some friends - all at the same time on this little gizmo!

Of course I laughed, as will you. But I also had a slightly uncomfortable feeling - surely I couldn't be like Dee Straction? Could I? And it is like that throughout Pilgrim's peregrinations.

In some ways, Pippa's journey is rather like those strategy games which you can play online - or on your own computer (the 2012 versions of Dungeons and Dragons for example). And in places we think we can see where she has taken the wrong move, with disastrous results. But, as in a pantomime, Pippa is deaf to our cries of `look out behind you!' She needs to make her own mistakes, just as in real life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. H. Craig on 9 Nov. 2012
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Where would Pippa's journey end? Where would the writer take his Pilgrim? I was tempted to take a peak at the end of this un-put-downable little gem but resisted and let the author's brilliant, simple, witty style carry me on from page to page. Journey's end, for Pilgrim Pippa was a delightful surprise when I got there. In spite of the subject matter I shall buy a copy of the book for my atheist daughter's Christmas present.
I see that the author was a Spitting Image script writer and he brings that kind of humour to a story which pokes gentle fun at the kind of distractions and false trails that many of us follow in our search for 'heaven'. This is a book for all ages from 10 to 100. I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Innes on 9 Mar. 2013
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I loved this book and fairly romped through it. However, it is one of those books that requires a more thorough study or you are in danger of missing some real gems among its pages. At some time I think I need to go through it again with a pencil this time, underlining and marking passages of note. I'm sure there's plenty sermon material in here too. And lots of `Aha' moments too.

If you are a reader of Parke's column you will also know he has a delicious sense of humour which is also evident in Pippa's Progress. I think this would also make a good Confirmation present - or adapted as a course perhaps?
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