I first read this as a young girl; inspired by the March sisters in "Little Women." I remember the quest Christian was on as full of dangers and tempt...moreI first read this as a young girl; inspired by the March sisters in "Little Women." I remember the quest Christian was on as full of dangers and temptations. I don't remember reading part two of the story when Christiana and the boys take centerstage. I remembered Christian’s trouble of staying on the straight and narrow and falling into the mire ... the sloth of despond. I've been there myself over the years, but I keep pressing on.
This time I listened to the story on audiobook. I loved the spoken language .. the "thus said," "where for," "whence come you " ... Bunyan's poetic measures were apologized for, but I found them to be quaint and enjoyed hearing them. Here's a favorite:
"Apples were they with which we were beguiled, Yet sin, not apples, hath our soul defiled ...."
When Christian and Hopeful approach the beautiful "By-path" meadow full of lilies, and they lay down to sleep, for some reason I began to think about the yellow-brick road and Dorothy lying down in the field of poppies.
Pilgrim’s Progress the second time around,years later,was good. I now have more knowledge of allegories made to the Biblical word. I recognized Christ’s temptation in the wilderness, Lot’s wife turned to a pillar of salt, and Jacob’s ladder.
This book is a part of Alcorn's novel Edge of Eternity. I listened to it on audio, and have never read Randy Alcorn, so I can't compare with other wri...moreThis book is a part of Alcorn's novel Edge of Eternity. I listened to it on audio, and have never read Randy Alcorn, so I can't compare with other writings by this author. I can compare it to Pilgrim's Progress
Nick Seagraves reminded me of a modern Christian (main character in PP). The book begins with Nick longing to reach the other side of a chasm and enter Charis “city of light.” We learn of trials he faces, and become involved with him as he battles temptations and an extremely ugly beast. Christian in Pilgrim's Progress seeks a similar destination, while struggling with the same sort of demons. Nick meets a woodsman, who represents Jesus Christ. He sees sacrifices made by this man and seeks atonement for his sins. In the end, the story encourages us to learn to live and love others by the example of the woodsman. … And Nick does find his way to Charis, I'll leave you to read how for yourself.(less)
**spoiler alert** 3-23 I am listening to this as an audio book. There are four main characters: Megan, Kendall, Lelani, and Anna. These girls are roomm...more**spoiler alert** 3-23 I am listening to this as an audio book. There are four main characters: Megan, Kendall, Lelani, and Anna. These girls are roommates, and are celebrating the holiday season on their own. Megan's mom is on a cruise, Kendall wants to avoid her young annoying nieces and nephews, Lelani doesn't want to go to Hawaii where her family lives, and Anna is excited about the idea of an old-fashioned Christmas party hosted at their house this year. Each girl seems to have some "boyfriend issues" and there is Kendall's alcoholism problem to get a handle on. 3-26 The girls invite the most unlikely guests to their party. Megan invites an elderly woman she met as a client needing her parlor redecorated. Kendall invites her Nana from the nursing home, and Lelani invites an elderly shoplifter who she befriends at her Nordstrom job. Anna is angry with Lelani, who she blames for her breakup with her boyfriend Jake. She has moved back home, but whether this move is permanent remains to be seen. Megan is trying to put God first and alienating her boyfriend Marcus, and Lelani is cooling it with Gil (Anna's brother) until things are smoothed over with Anna. Then there's Kendall who had her heart broken when Matthew Harmon (famous actor) shunned her advances. 3/27 The Christmas party reunites the roommates, although it is not attended by their social group. Their elderly guests enjoy themselves, and the girls feel good about having them over. After the party they confess their problems to each other and they bond. Christmas morning they decide to work at the mission feeding the homeless. This reminds them of a parable, where Jesus tells of a rich man who had a wedding party yet all his rich friends where too busy to come. Instead the poor came and celebrated with him, just as the homeless came together at the mission. The experience awakens the girls, especially Kendall, bringing realization of all the blessings they have. Their boyfriends arrive to help with the cleanup. Kendal has the most serious situation as she worries that she may have gotten pregnant from her one-night affair. The girls promise to help her, and she seems to have started to make a change for the better.(less)