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The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
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Mar 02, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: classic-fiction, religion-theology, fiction, owned-books
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So you know when you hear that Citizen Kane is the best movie ever because of how revolutionary it was during its time period, and then you watch it and you realize that the key phrase is "during its time period"? Well, reading Pilgrim's Progress is likely to leave many with the same feeling. No doubt one of the greatest modern religious texts in terms of what it provided for early Puritans (an easy and concrete representation of their theology and daily living practices), it leaves a little to be desired for those modern readers who are not steeped in Puritanical literary history. Don't get me wrong, any book where you actually get to challenge your temptations to a sword fight is pretty cool, but the language and pace of the book removed the excitement from even those scenes. Not to mention there are a few failed analogies in this allegory, especially in part II. Apparently Christian women don't have to fight their own battles of faith, you just have to find your own Mr. Great-heart and tag along for the ride (and be prepared to marry off your kids at a moment's notice). Overall, I would recommend this classic work to those who are trained to appreciate this genre and style (not me obviously), but not so much to anyone else.
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message 1: by Sir (new) - rated it 2 stars

Sir Rodeheaver My thoughts exactly

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Brian Jonson Spot on

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Alex Cole Never ever compare Citizen Kane to Pilgrim's Progress plox.

R.G. Phelps Ryan, thank you for your thoughts on The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. I'm within shouting distance of finishing this great classic and have enjoyed Bunyan's name selection for his characters. I have also enjoyed his scripture insertions throughout the book as explanations for his storyline as the various characters proceed towards their pilgrimages. Their is really nothing new in the presentation of scripture in this manner, or in the presentation of any concept through the utilization of a fictional storyline. In fact I just read a business book with a fictional storyline and was so blown away how the author kept her reader's attention that I published a business book covering Accounting concepts utilizing a common fishing trips experiences. I was pleased with how my book came together and do feel that some of my readers will definitely "Get it." But again, my surprise was the fact that this concept had been utilized by John Bunyan to explain an individual's progress in becoming a Christian...

vincent m vaichus A must read....there is a reason Pilgrims Progress is the second most widely read book in the world, behind only the Bible, because it is a book which allows a believer in Jesus Christ to easily identify with his new life and "visualize" what he's about to go through and be encouraged to press on towards the goal of finishing well; not getting discouraged or giving up.

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