{Post by the Husband} Book Review: Pilgrim’s Progress

May 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

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I recently completed John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”, a classic allegory written about a man named Christian who is making his way to the Celestial City.  Bunyan’s definitive work is a simple yet profound depiction of the Christian life.   Each character Christian encounters on his journey is aptly named according to their behavior.  For example, he travels with good friends named Faithful and Hopeful, he fights dreadful enemies like Apollyon, and he dialogues with distracted sojourners like Talkative and Ignorance.  Through each of these interactions, Bunyan explores aspects of the Christian faith and pitfalls that may befall hapless pilgrims.

Reading this book was very encouraging to me as I found it to be an accurate picture of what a true Christian life should look like.  Rather than promising your best life now, Pilgrim’s Progress emphasizes that we have not yet reached our home, but God will use the trials and difficulties of our journey to prove our faith and prepare us for the Celestial City.  As Paul says, “these momentary light afflictions are preparing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17


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