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Pilgrim's Progress, The (From This World to That Which Is to Come)

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One of the greatest allegorical stories ever written, The Pilgrim's Progress recounts the story of Christian's journey to Heaven through the trials and tribulations of life.


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Christian appears to the author in a dream, reading a book where he learns that the city in which he and his family live will be destroyed by fire. He sets out, alone, on his journey to the Celestial City, through the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, the Valley of Humiliation and the Valley of Death. He meets many like-minded pilgrims on his way, such as Faithful and Hopeful but before they attain their goal they encounter the Giant Despair and the River of Death itself.

The masterpiece of the English Puritan tradition, The Pilgrim's Progress has been translated into over one hundred languages and remains popular with readers worldwide because of its imaginative power and its vivid and heartfelt language.

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"His Pilgrim's Progress has great merit, both for invention, imagination, and the conduct of the story; and it has had the best evidence of its merit, the general and continued approbation of mankind. Few books, I believe, have had a more extensive sale. It is remarkable, that it begins very much like the poem of Dante; yet there was no translation of Dante when Bunyan wrote. There is reason to think that he had read Spenser."         ~Samuel Johnson

Excerpt

"Talkative's false discovery of a work of grace

TALK. I perceive, then, that our talk must be about the power of things. Well, it is a very good question, and I shall be willing to answer you. And take my answer in brief, thus: First, Where the grace of God is in the heart, it causeth there a great outcry against sin. Secondly--

FAITH. Nay, hold, let us consider of one at once. I think you should rather say, It shows itself by inclining the soul to abhor its sin.

TALK. Why, what difference is there between crying out against, and abhorring of sin?

FAITH. Oh, a great deal. A man may cry out against sin of policy, but he cannot abhor it, but by virtue of a godly antipathy against it. I have heard many cry out against sin in the pulpit, who yet can abide it well enough in the heart, house, and conversation. Joseph's mistress cried out with a loud voice, as if she had been very holy; but she would willingly, notwithstanding that, have committed uncleanness with him. Some cry out against sin even as the mother cries out against her child in her lap, when she calleth it slut and naughty girl, and then falls to hugging and kissing it."

Biography

In 1655, Bunyan was baptized by immersion by Pastor John Gifford of Bedford and called to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bunyan was arrested November 12, 1660, for preaching without the approval of the Anglican Church. He was charged with "teaching men to worship God contrary to the law" and was in jail more than twelve years.

His most well-known work, The Pilgrim's Progress, was written while in the Bedford jail. During Bunyan's lifetime there were 100,000 copies circulated in the British isles, besides several editions in North America. It has been continuously in print since its first printing. Bunyan's remarkable imagery was firmly rooted in the Reformation doctrines of man's fallen nature, grace, imputation, justification, and the atonement - all of which Bunyan seems to have derived directly from Scripture.

Editor Sharrock, Roger
Author Bunyan, John
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 336 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1987
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