Friday, May 25, 2012

Both pleasure and profit in Pilgrim's Progress

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The classic Christian allegory of the journey of Christian from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. The second part details the journey of his wife Christiana and their four sons, a journey they refused to take with him, but later, after repenting, decide also to embark on.

Many have gleaned much from this book and been encouraged in the faith by it. Spurgeon testifies to having his wife read to him from it from time to time for the sheer pleasure of it.

Nonetheless, it is not my favorite book. There is much in there that is pleasurable and profitable to read. The types Bunyan uses cast truths and struggles in new light which prompts new reflection. At times, however, the book seems tedious, and the style of writing is archaic to modern ears and minds.

Recommendation: at least read the first half, the journey of Christian. It casts gospel truths in new light. If older language troubles you, try to find a modern-English version.

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