This is the enthralling account of a Christian's epic journey. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Interpreter's House, the House Beautiful, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains, and finally reaches the Celestial City.
(P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks; originally published in 1670, United Kingdom
Those who have never essayed this puritan classic will be delighted by the humour and vigour of the discourse and incident in Christian's way (part one.) Who'd-a-thunk-it? The wit that emerges from the vocalisations is a delight. Love the regional accents applied by the admirable Mr Whitfield and the earthy humanity of Bunyan himself.
Part two - Mrs Christian and family - is a little less rumbustious. By now, the metaphor has been fully developed and the tone becomes more preachy. Some of the potential sexism of the first book is redressed.
Overall, Christians in particular will find much that challenges, refreshes and inspires in this faithful and imaginative dramatisation.
"bunyan's great book"
excellent book, moving and inspiring, much easier to follow by listening. Though I need to get a paper copy as well. If you are a Christian I recommend this.
"The Pilgrim's Progress"
Well what is there to say about this timeless classic that hasn't already been said?
It is an excellent story especially when one considers how the story was written, that is by a man imprisoned for his faith. Imprisoned because his expression of his Christian faith was opposed by the established church of his day.
Four hundred years forwards and in many countries people are still suffering for following Jesus as the Holy Spirit leads.
The Pilgrim's Progress is as relevant today as when first written.
I initially bought the paperback of this book, but never got round to reading it, and I'm glad in the end I listened to it, as the archaic language would probably have made me put it down. I enjoyed the tale, and although it is not perhaps deep in literary technique, character development, etc that we generally expect from books, I would recommend it to any Christian who will understand the allegory and analogy from the Bible.
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