Pilgrim’s Progress eBook
Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory about how to walk as a Christian. The entire book is presented as a dream sequence. Evil accompanies Christian, disguised as someone who would help him on his journey to the Celestial City. He will meet characters such as Pliable, who turns back at the Slough of Despond; and Ignorance, who believes he’s a true follower of Christ when he only trusts in himself. Each character is an allegory which are profoundly accurate. Christian will travel through the lands; Slough of Despond, the Wicket Gate, House of the Palace Beautiful, and the Celestial City. When the pilgrims end up in the Land of Beulah, they cross over the River of Death. Their depiction represents what we see around us and what we see in ourselves. While Christian is injured and nearly killed, he eventually prevails to the end. So can you.
The best part of Pilgrim’s Progress is that the Bible verses are added to the text. The original Pilgrim’s Progress editions listed the Bible verse references. However, the verses written out within the story impact the reader when read inside the scenes in this allegory. The text is tweaked just enough, for the young and the old, to make it readable today. Youngsters in particular will be drawn to the original illustrations. The words and imagery create a word story that create wise examples that young readers can understand and integrate into their personal and spiritual lives. This beloved example of Christian literature will be essential to the readers life as proven from its continuous publication over the past 300 years.
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John Bunyan was born in 1628, seventeen years after the Authorized Version of the Bible was approved by King James and published (in 1611). Even though the intensity of the persecution of genuine believers was diminishing (in the sense that capital punishment was not as likely), religious freedom remained limited. At the time, clergy were well educated, and there were virtually no legal opportunities for an unlicensed, poor, unsophisticated, nonconformist preacher like Bunyan.
Bunyan, a tinker by trade, insisted on preaching not only to closed groups (such as the Congregational Church at Bedford) but also in public (and to great effect); this led to ongoing confrontation with secular and ecclesiastical authorities, which resulted in Bunyan being imprisoned on at least three occasions, for a total of over twelve years behind bars, before eventually being pardoned and licensed to teach. Not only was the cold, dark prison a hazard to his health and a trial to his faith, it also imposed severe hard- ship on his wife and four children (one of whom was blind).Yet it was while in prison (between 1660 and 1672 and again for six months in 1675) that Bunyan had his famous dream(s) and subsequently wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come in two parts in addition to many other writings. It has been said that John Bunyan had a very simple personal library consisting only of his Bible and a four-volume edition of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. His inspiration did not come from advanced theological training but from the Scriptures in the light of a very close personal relationship with the Lord. In this volume, note the extensive and virtually unprecedented use of Scripture.
The Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the most read books (after the King James Bible) in the history of the English language. I want my children and grandchildren to be able to read and understand this book according to the fullness of the original intent of the author as part of our accurate, historical Christian heritage that shall continue to bear good fruit into the future.
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“What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.”
“This hill though high I covent ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend;
For I perceive the way of life lies here.
Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear. ”
“This hill, though high, I covet to ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend.
For I perceive the way to life lies here.
Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear.
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.”
― John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress
–This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
“This classic has refreshed my spirit time and again when my soul has longed for Christ-centered guidance through a maze of modern detours and diversions. I’m so grateful this special edition of The Pilgrim’s Progress is now available not only to a new generation of Christians but also to believers like myself who need direction and refreshment along our journey toward Home.”
―Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends
“If any smoothing of Bunyan’s seventeenth-century language plus new colored pictures can set The Pilgrim’s Progress aglow in the hearts of today’s young readers, this lovely book will surely do it.”
―J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College
“Every generation is heir to John Bunyan’s timeless allegory, and to each generation falls the task of commending this tale anew. The collaboration of editor C. J. Lovik and illustrator Mike Wimmer has yielded a book that could well be a classic for our time. With great care, Lovik has combined the best elements of Bunyan’s rich, evocative prose with accessibility for the modern reader. And in Wimmer, Bunyan has met his illustrator for the twenty-first century. The thirty illustrations that grace this edition are a world in themselves-the equal of any that appear in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books.”
―Kevin Belmonte, author, John Bunyan
“If you are looking for a classic edition of The Pilgrim’s Progress, with a simplified form of Bunyan’s original text, traditional color illustrations, and explanatory notes, this is undoubtedly the version for you.”
―Tim Dowley, author, The Christians
“For two centuries following its publication (Part 1 in 1678, Part 2 in 1684), The Pilgrim’s Progress gained the status of best-read book (apart from the Bible). This magnificent production by Crossway with stunning illustrations by Mike Wimmer should help reinstate Bunyan’s classic allegory to the status it belongs. It should be a question we ask ourselves: Have I read The Pilgrim’s Progress? If not, repent immediately, for in taking up this volume you will find pastoral insights from a pastor of souls to help you discover the biblical way of salvation and aid you in the journey home.”
―Derek W. H. Thomas, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries; Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
“C. J. Lovik’s new edition of The Pilgrim’s Progress almost takes one’s breath away. The text is readable, the notes are clear, and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. This is a book to be in everyone’s library and will definitely occupy a prominent place in the libraries provided for Rafiki’s children and adults in Africa. It is a joy to know that Lovik’s edition of the Bunyan classic will be read by and to thousands of children throughout the world.”
―Rosemary Jensen, Founder and President, Rafiki Foundation; author of Praying the Attributes of God and Living the Words of Jesus
“This is one of the best books I’ve ever read.”
―Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks
“The Pilgrim’s Progress has long been a favorite of many. Now there is even more to love with this beautiful, updated edition. Editor’s notes clarify the ideas in John Bunyan’s classic allegory, while footnotes show where in Scripture Bunyan found them. The detailed color illustrations will delight both new readers and long-time lovers of this beloved tale.”
―Starr Meade, author, Training Hearts, Teaching Minds; The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study; and Give Them Truth
“Like countless others, I have been greatly influenced by The Pilgrim’s Progress. Charles Spurgeon called it ‘next to the Bible, the book that I value most.’ It has already inspired generations, and I am confident that this new edition will inspire the rising generation. It is refreshingly readable while remaining true to this timeless classic. The illustrations, Scripture references, and study notes make it a superb resource for family devotions and study groups.”
―Susan Hunt, Former Director of Women’s Ministries, PCA; coauthor, Women’s Ministry in the Local Church
“The longer I journey through our dear Immanuel’s land, the more grateful I am for John Bunyan’s ‘dream’ and the cruel imprisonment that occasioned it. What a gift weary travelers have been given in this precious, timeless classic-and what beauty, insight, and encouragement was borne out of his suffering! Unafraid to challenge the outward trials of moralism, materialism, and persecution, humble enough to confess his own doubts and despair, Bunyan leads us on our way to the Celestial City we long to see. And what a gift modern readers have been blessed with in C. J. Lovik’s careful editing and Mike Wimmer’s luminous illustrations! This book is beautiful! The Pilgrim’s Progress has always been a cherished treasure, but this edition makes Christian’s story―our story―sing! I’m so thankful for it!”
―Elyse Fitzpatrick, author, Give Them Grace
“If a picture truly does speak a thousand words, this version of The Pilgrim’s Progress will be the best of all. Combining the beauty of Mike Wimmer’s illustrations with this timeless classic is a stroke of genius.”
―Steve Murphy, Publisher, Homeschooling Today magazine
–This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B09M836M85
- Publisher : Ransom Press International (November 18, 2021)
- Publication date : November 18, 2021
- Language : English
- Print length : 388 pages