The Wisdom of Pilgrim’s Progress

Few books other than the Bible have been so reprinted as much as John Bunyan’s 1678 classic, The Pilgrim’s Progress: From This World to That Which Is To Come, Delivered in the Similitude of a Dream.

Why is that? Is it because of the long title? Paradoxically, it has been read by common folk in the evangelical protestant communities to their children through the centuries. Not only that, but it has also garnered praise by scholars as well.

It was surprisingly, and astoundingly written while John Bunyan was in prison, it is an allegory of adventure, trials, and triumph, of a Christian as he walks from the City of Destruction, toward the Celestial City. Its second part is about the equally perilous and exciting journey of his wife, Christiana.

What’s ridiculously amazing about it is that it is great at the literal “as it is” denotation level, and yet it refers and encourages too at its parallel spiritual connotation, meanings and equivalents.

In my personal copy of the book, it bears illustrations and biblical passages inserted inline for reference, and I have to say ” Wow! How biblical can a work of fiction be?!”

I have been at it for about two years now , repeatedly, and its so abounding in wisdom, there’s always something new to relate to and be encouraged with; especially now in the pandemic lockdowns, wherein everyone has more time to read.

Such a pleasurable read, it’s our steady topic in conversation & studies in my women’s group, and I am certain that my kids will grow up reading, hearing, and talking about it too!

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