The Pilgrim's Progress (English Library) Paperback – 20 Jun 2003
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"This stunningly executed allegory has furnished the Christian imagination with names and situations that have now infiltrated most of our literature. Not often does something so popular manage also to be accurate."
--Eugene Peterson, Take and Read
This stunningly executed allegory has furnished the Christian imagination with names and situations that have now infiltrated most of our literature. Not often does something so popular manage also to be accurate.
Eugene Peterson, Take and Read" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Pilgrim's Progress is among the greatest literary masterpieces in the world. Few books so captivate attention while provoking insight into Christian character. It is an epic worthy of placement on any required reading list."--Dr. Ronald E. JohnsonAccelerated Christian Education"This book has meant a great deal to me throughout my Christian ministry. In my early formative years as a newborn believer, Pilgrim's Progress helped me over the obstacles as Christian and I traveled the highway of life together. Don't miss reading this great book."--Dr. Jack Van ImpeHost of TV's Jack Van Impe Presents"Christian" is a man on an adventurous journey across rough terrain, over sunlit hills, and through dark valleys. His trek is an intriguing allegory for today--mixed with the chivalric adventure of yesterday--as the pilgrimage takes us from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City whose builder and maker is God. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Having read and worked with a few different editions, I favour this one for three reasons. First of all, unlike some other editions, this one doesn't miss bits out. Second, Bunyan's language is largely unaltered. While updating the spelling and vocabulary undoubtedly makes Pilgrim's Progress more accessible for a wider and younger audience, it also tends to cover over some of Bunyan's teaching points. If you can cope with having to re-read some sentences and check the odd endnote, there is simply more gold in this original text than in many of the touched-up modern alternatives. Finally, this edition has Bunyan's own marginal notes, helping the reader to recognize Biblical allusions. Lots of editions have someone else's notes, but what could be better than the original?
Please don't think, by the way, that this edition is hard to read. It may be slightly harder going than a more modernized text, but Bunyan's capacities as a storyteller must not be underestimated. He had a way with words and a spiritual insight that few have been able to match. When Bunyan preached in his own day great crowds of people from all walks of life flocked to hear him - from this edition one can see why.
Overall, John Bunyan is the one worth listening to (rather than any editor) and this Oxford World's Classics edition seems to put his text and his intentions front-and-centre. I think W. R. Owens has done a super job, making available the towering masterpiece of someone who was both a heroic Christian and one of history's great popular communicators.
I haven't read Pilgrim's Progress before, and some of the sections are a little heavy, but the names and the locations are a hoot! They follow the Christian's story and trials he'll face on the way. As for the book, there are lots of extras - most sections have biblical references, and at the back is an explanation of the sections, timeline and places from John Bunyan's life as well as dictionery and phrases. Fascinating and good for uncertain Christians, and looks good on the coffee table.
The barrier of Shakespearian English has put many people off but now the way is open to the modern reader in a translation that is both modern and accurate.
In the chapters, biblical references are numbered and quoted at the end of each chapter. it is really lovely to be able to read this with your bible (usually when I read the quote in the bible, I would read further on too!) It is a truly uplifting presentation of Bunyan's tale of a Christian's journey.
It's also good that both part of the journey are there, 1. Christian's terrifying and comforting journey; the second part is devoted to Christian's wife and children's journey and is just not a repeat of Christian's story. Christiana's add different aspects of a Christian's characteristics from a woman's point of view. There is a little discussion about women in the bible which is quite validatory to women. Bunyan shows that there were many women who were followers and supporters of Christ. They provided food and lodging for the Lord. I like this added touch.
I read this when I woke up during the night and couldn't sleep. I found it therapeutic, and referred often to the bible to follow the texts fo the quotations. A good experience!
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No illustrations...The Text by itself seems a pointless exercise ...Look elsewhere.Published 1 month ago by The Ancient Mariner
Excellent book. Thank God that he gave John Bunyan this dream. It is almost as good as scripture! The characters are so appropriate, even today and the situations are very realm... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Firefox
read this at school in the 1960's and wanted to read it again. Have battled my way through and enjoyed itPublished 3 months ago by cassie