Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English

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Sovereign Grace Publishers,, Feb 1, 2008 - Fiction - 142 pages
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I feel that older literature has this underestimated quality, being that the obsolete nature of their style becomes vanquished with time. This book provides the basic allegory of what a Christian's moral path should be, how he learns about the mire of the world, and how he can escape it. It hones in on the suffering a Christian must endure, but that this suffering will beget paradise with God and Jesus in heaven, and that if you welcome grace into your life, that grace will strengthen you on your journey. He uses names such as Obstinate and Pliable and has a guide named Evangelist. I mean, not really furtive but I feel that the intent wasn't to feint the reader, but to look within the message.
I would rate it higher - it's a fairly short read - but the style is very dated obviously, and the message is very Christian. This isn't a negative thing, it just really pushes the Christian agenda which can neglect how to be a real human being. To call the world the "City of Destruction" and the experiences of the world the "Mire of Despond" the irony is right in your face.

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Page 13 - For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse : for it is written, Cursed is every one -which continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.
Page 7 - AS I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep : and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags,' standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back.

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John Bunyan was born in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, in 1628. He learned to read and write at the village school and was prepared to follow his father's trade as a brazier when the English Civil War broke out in 1644 and he was drafted into the Parliamentary army. His military service brought him into contact with Oliver Cromwell's Puritan troops. Beginning in 1648, Bunyan suffered a crisis in religious faith that lasted for several years. He turned to the Nonconformist church in Bedford to sustain him during this period. His first writings were attacks against the Quakers. Then Charles II was restored to the throne and Bunyan was arrested for conducting services not in accordance with the Church of England. He spent 12 years in jail. During this time, he wrote his autobiography, Grace Abounding, in which he described his spiritual struggle and growth. During his last years in prison, Bunyan began his most famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress, a two-part allegorical tale of the character Christian and his journey to salvation. Part I was published in 1678 and Part II in 1684. The second part deals with the spiritual journey of Christian's wife and sons, as they follow in his footsteps. With its elements of the folktale tradition, The Pilgrim's Progress became popular immediately. Well into the nineteenth century it was a book known to almost every reader in England and New England, second in importance only to the Bible. So great was the book's influence that it even plays a major role in Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott. Such expressions as "the slough of despond" and "vanity fair" have become part of the English language. Bunyan's other works include The Life and Death of Mr. Badman and The Holy War. He also wrote A Book for Boys and Girls, verses on religious faith for children. Bunyan died in London on August 31, 1688.

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