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Pilgrim's Progress: Updated, Modern English. Includes Original Illustrations. (Part I)

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Often disguised as something that would help him, evil accompanies Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. As you walk with him, you’ll begin to identify today’s many religious pitfalls. These are presented by men such as Pliable, who turns back at the Slough of Despond; and Ignorance, who believes he’s a true follower of Christ when he’s really only trusting in hi ...more
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Published November 26th 2014 by ANEKO Press (first published 1678)
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Linda
This is a wonderful allegory full of Christian truths - everyone who calls themselves a Christian should read it. But it's an important literary classic as well and any student of English literature should be familiar with it. For example, I recall in a college English Lit. class when we were reading Vanity Fair, the teacher didn't even mention where the title came from (PP) and how the meaning of the title is relevant to the story.

There are various versions out there - the best ones include Bun
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Lena Morrison
I do my reviews in the form of a letter, which is why they are written like this.

Dear John Bunyan,

I'll admit, this was better than I expected. It might have helped a little that the one that I had was translated into a more modern English.
For an allegory, this works really well. Christian is a good character. He's like an actual Christian. He's zealous for Jesus, he loves others, but he also messes up and fails every once in a while. His journey is really cool to decipher. Each character and
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Karli W
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading this book and it exceeding all expectations (which were pretty high to begin with).
Jonathan
Mar 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new Christians seeking guidance and encouragement
Recommended to Jonathan by: Mom
Shelves: theology
Though this book might be more appropriately filed under “Classics”, I’m placing it on the “Theology” shelf, for reasons I will outline below. A staple of Christian literature for hundreds of years, Bunyan’s tale has been read and referenced by children and ministers alike. Grounded as it is in the theology of the Reformation (theology which, running counter to the teachings of the Church of England, landed the author in prison), the book certainly contains a wealth of solid doctrinal teaching. ...more
Kevin
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story. This allegory is truly wonderful because it is both fiction and a true story all at once. Christian's pilgrimage can be applied to the believer's Christian pilgrimage at every point. Bunyan had such keen insight into the fiber of life with Christ at the center. He, like the other puritans, was a true pastor and counsellor. We can learn much from his life, just as we can learn from the journey of his pilgrim.

Part two, involving Christiana and the children, will remain especiall
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Katy Sammons
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two books in this volume included as Part 1 and Part 2, and I completed Part 1, "The Pilgrimage of Christian, Faithful, and Hopeful," in May 2017. We read this book as a congregation and discussed it on Wednesday evenings. I also listened to an audiobook in the original English and listened to Derek Thomas's lecture series. I am thankful to now be literate in this work and to understand the countless references made to it in the preaching and teaching to which I am exposed. I will save ...more
Carol
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Thank heavens I read this in modern English! This is the story of salvation protestant style. Since I have a strong background in this I skimmed the book. It would be an excellent source for a bible study, however in my humble opinion not so good for book club. Well it was our classic fiction choice.
Michael Kidd
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bunyan's famous work needs no review from me. This was my second time through The Pilgrim's Progress. But my first through this modern English edition. It was just as enjoyable as the first time. Always an encouragement to a weary soul.
Serena
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 3 1/2 stars? This took me over a year to finish! It seemed awfully self righteous at times, but interesting in a historical context and had a sweet ending. So happy I finally finished! 😆
Manda
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I liked Book 1 much more than Book 2.
Faye Smith
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
I really enjoyed this book! Especially the first part, which followed Christian's journey.
Angie Fehl
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

In his foreword, Alan Vermilye writes that this book is the result of one and a half years spent studying Bunyan's orginal work, trying to get it into a fresher, more accessible format for the modern reader. The original gist of the story remains unchanged for the most part (more on that later), but the presentation is offered in a way that more closely resembles modern day conversational English.

As I settled into the reading of this work, my mind buzzed with "this sounds awfully famil
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Zapata Parra
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a relatable and hopeful journey!

I've only recently heard of the Pilgrim's Progress, and that it was a Christian classic that every believer should read. I also heard it was originally written in old english, which can be challenging to understand. However, in this version with modern english, it is very easy to understand and equally as powerful! Many aspects of Christian's journey stood out to me, as well as convicted me, and I felt as though I was walking right along side him the whole wa
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 J. Crispell
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contains both Christian's and Christiana's stories. Nicely updated. Worth the read.
Donald R. Reese
Aug 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible translation from the original to the e-book format...so much so it hardly made any sense. I wish I could get my money back for it, it was so bad.
Cassie
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read Part 1- the tale of Christian’s journey.
Holly Clouse
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Cristian should read this book. Then, read it to your children!
Ndumiso Ndlovu
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I can see why it was a favorite for heroes in the faith like Charles Spurgoen. I will go through this book once a year!
Christina Weigand
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read that resonates through the ages the adventures of Christian mirror the journeys and challenges we all face as humans living in a fallen world.
Jeremy Johnston
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most published and widely recognized books of all time is John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. Since its first appearance in 1678, the impact of Bunyan’s masterpiece on the Church of Jesus Christ is incalculable. The famous 19th century Poet Preacher C. H. Spurgeon read The Pilgrim’s Progress over one hundred times during his lifetime, and he regularly encouraged saints to read and reread it. C.S. Lewis, the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, called The Pilgrim’s Progress “a book th ...more
Santiago Emanuel
The book is great,I already knew "A Christmas Carol" and "Mere Christianity"(with their guides),which I have used at academic school and church school respectively.In the case of "Pilgrim´s Progress" ,it is a well known classic but hard to digest,what I read shows a soft and entertaining,always edifying,path to reading and understanding.
Myersandburnsie
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A re-read but this audio version...pre read for next school year. I enjoyed this abridged version very much.
Emgbane
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Sharon
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shortly before he passed away in 2011, my brother James came home for a visit. He spent time with various family members and friends, so they may be familiar with this (his) story. I just happened to be home when he shared it with our Mother.

For a few months he had been having a recurring dream. One in which he left his house, got into his car and just drove. There were obstacles here and there, things that slowed him down, side tracked him, frustrated him, but eventually he made it to the botto
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MaryEllin
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been curious about Pilgrim’s Progress ever since I read Little Women in my childhood, as Bunyan’s work is prominently mentioned throughout. Once it was included as No. 80 on The Great American Read, I finally moved it to the top of my pile. I found it simple and yet taxing to read, largely due to the old-fashioned style of characters simply discussing plot points at length. As a modern-day Christian who has done much Bible study and spiritual reading, I also might quibble with the all-good/ ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pilgrim's Progress: Updated, Modern English. Includes Original Illustrations. (Part I)

About the Book:

Often disguised as something that would help him, evil accompanies Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. As you walk with him, you’ll begin to identify today’s many religious pitfalls. These are presented by men such as Pliable, who turns back at the Slough of Despond; and Ignorance, who believes he’s a true follower of Christ when he’s really only trusting in himself. Each character re
...more
Sheila
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pilgrim's Progress is a classic that is just as powerful today as it was when it was first written in 1678. If you are like me though, you have struggled with the reading of this beloved book. The way we speak now has changed a lot through the years and sometimes picking up a book from a different time period can be challenging to read.

I am excited to tell you about the new publication of Pilgrim's Progress. It is updated, in Modern English, but still has the original illustrations. This made s
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Nick Kantas
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It really is unfortunate that we have to give one overall rating here, as opposed to one for style, one for content, etc. In any case, let me justify my 4 stars.
For content, effect of edifying the reader, and insights to the Christian pilgrimage, I give about a 4-4.5. Another reader aptly pointed out a gap in the allegory of Part II, which basically suggests that women do not have to “fight” their spiritual battles so long as there is someone else to do it for them (this could get nuanced quick
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Haley
Sep 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Haley by: My mom for school
The Pilgrims Progress, in Modern English, an exquisite renown allegory representing the Road all Christians must travel... This book is a "classic of classics".

Part One

Poor Christian must travel on leaving everything that was once so dear to him. With his burden of sin on his back and being led by Mr. Evangelist, Christian starts his long journey of life with his scroll also as a guidance. Now, he goes on a long travel meeting friends, such as Faithful and Hopeful, meeting enemies, such as Mr
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Rowan
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After half dozen attempts I have finally been able to read and complete this classic that is so loved by so many people thanks to some wisdom received about choosing an edition in modern english rather than a reprint in the language that it was originally written.

Like many reviews here I found the poetic allegories easy to understand but frustratingly difficult and off putting to read. I would call it a test for the reader for the journey especially at the beginning. That said once I got going w
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John Bunyan, a Christian writer and preacher, was born at Harrowden (one mile south-east of Bedford), in the Parish of Elstow, England. He wrote The Pilgrim's Progress, arguably the most famous published Christian allegory. In the Church of England he is remembered with a Lesser Festival on 30 August.

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