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Summary

First published in 1682, John Bunyan's allegorical novel The Holy War is a classic of Christian literature whose spiritual insight rivals that of even his most famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress. It tells the story of Mansoul, a utopia built to exalt the greatness and honor of its creator and leader, King Shaddai. However, when the wicked Diabolus, a former high servant of Shaddai's and the king of the blacks, assaults Mansoul, the town forgets its benevolent king and falls under his iniquitous rule. With the citizens of his beloved city lost to sin and vice, Shaddai sends his son, Prince Emmanuel, to deliver them from Diabolus' tyranny.

An epic tale of good versus evil, The Holy War is not only a masterpiece of religious literature, but also an entertaining and engaging story for all listeners.

Public Domain (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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One fitting for the up keep of one soul

It point out the everlasting battle of ones soul ,and who to lay your trust into and forever More

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  • W.
  • 13-07-15

The Holy War

This story could be the virtual reality behind today's headlines. I thought the temperament of the narrative was done in the 16th century style without the poetic language of the King James version. Nevertheless the timeless tactics of spiritually evil forces at work against good are the same today as they were when this was written. The good news is that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

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  • Marc R
  • 02-02-17

Nit quite "A Pilgrim's Progress"

It was a great read and makes a Christian thinks about how we go about day to day. Backsliding is easy because it happens silently a small bit at a time until we are engrossed by sin.

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  • Geza
  • 28-01-16

prophetic book

I think this book is not only relevant for one's own life, but also prophetic for our culture: how diabolic people and religions try to overcome our Judeo-Christian cultures, and how we can overcome those attempts. Whereas it could be, and perhaps is, used as a dense theological study, even a child can understand it at some level. It is also in a beautiful language, and nicely written.

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  • dr.will
  • 25-01-16

Excellent story and exceptional reading.

Of course this is a classic by a masterful storyteller John Bunyan. The insights, creativity, and wisdom that is given in this story ought to be heard by many believers. The narrator was exceptional in his ability to communicate the nuances of the text in a way that intrigued, instructed, and validated the power of the text. Very good job Audible.

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  • 30-11-15

Like the concept

Good concept, a little tough to stay with the details as the story went on and on. Wanted to love The Holy War like I did the Pilgrims Progress, walked away getting the allegory quickly enough, but the length hurt this one.

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  • Dave
  • 11-08-15

A tiny step below Pilgrim's Prog, but EXCELLENT!

What did you love best about The Holy War?

The allegorical story based on the Bible. Amazing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No one favorite.

Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Battle for the soul of a man.

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  • JM. Hart
  • 10-08-18

stay engaged

not a book that you can listen too casually. you'll need to stay engaged. i lost track periodically but found my way back as the allegory felt applicable to me again.

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  • Jeffrey kohl
  • 13-05-18

if you like pilgrims progress , you'll like this

Holy war is a great book , very deep and full of meaning. this is a must read for the believer today

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  • Paul
  • 23-01-18

Exceptional

This was a very good read .The audio is with definite meaning and strength conveying the books wisdom .

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  • Zack
  • 11-06-17

Packed full of scriptural truths!

I greatly enjoyed this book. The allegorical style is entertaining and every paragraph contains some scriptural truths. I also enjoyed the old English.