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Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  2,049 ratings  ·  170 reviews
The world-famous, much-loved classic Pilgrim’s Progress is here retold for children. This abridged version uses the original words of John Bunyan as selected by Oliver Hunkin to present a gripping narrative. Filled with intricately detailed illustrations, this handsome, large-format book makes an ideal gift.
Hardcover, 126 pages
Published July 10th 1985 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (first published 1985)
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Jan 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ok, that title sounds like a cheesy Rex Reed movie review. But this book really did grab me. The illustrations are generously sized and very detailed. No matter how many times you have read Pilgrim's Progress you will be challenged to see things in a new light. And your kids will be drawn into the timeless story.

In a day when Western culture has lost its Biblical morrings and no longer sees life as a pilgrimage, a jounrey to Heaven, this book draws us out. It pulls us from the search for inner
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read to all three kids over the weekend and everyone loved it.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book with my daughter. Such a beautiful allagory of our journey on the straight and narrow path.
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This Children's picture book version of Pilgrim's Progress is well done. It has some graphic monster drawings (that any other book I would probably choose not to have in our Children's library), but if I am to show my young boys monsters I want them to associate them with evil and exactly what this book says. Excellent story excerpts and boys want to read it over and over again. ...more
Samuel Bierig
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just great! Third time through for me and our two older ones. Some pretty gnarly art in here for little ones though.
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My old review of Pilgrim's Progress is too long, but I want to comment on it without deleting it. Goodreads should let up on the wordcount nazi thing and allow long reviews to be posted on goodreads--and then release such reviews as books. Or not. Anyway, I totally forgot I'd written that review of Pilgrim's Progress, in my freshman year at college no less! That would have been before I even got into social Trinitarianism, FV dark, and Doug Jones, and when I was into neo-Calvinist culture-making ...more
Frank Theising
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
An abridged, illustrated version of John Bunyan’s 1678 classic The Pilgrim’s Progress. Taken directly from Bunyan’s text, the archaic language may be difficult for young/new readers but our daughters have no trouble following the story when I read it aloud. For those unfamiliar with Bunyan’s allegory, this book does not shy away from covering serious issues of Christian life and faith (trials, temptation, doubt, martyrdom, grace, etc). I think in part because this is not your typical sugar-coate ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
this was a true story!
We have been working through this book slowly, but only by my limiting how many pages a day we actually get to read. If I let them the boys would have been done with this in a week! They loved it and made so many Biblical connections. Far more than I had thought, honestly. We have been drawing a map of Christian's journey and very often in casual conversation the boys bring him up.

I'm very thankful for this illustrated version.
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read in May 2015, July 2016, June 2018, December 2019, February 2021, and many times before.

Fantastic illustrations that capture the young imagination, very well-abridged text that stays true to the original, and of course, one of the best stories ever written. I still love this volume years later.
Read aloud to the boys. Seems like a great introduction to the classic, which I think we're not *quite* ready for yet. The illustrations are very well done.

My boys (7.5, 5.5, 2.5) enjoyed it quite a bit.
Aug 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My 3 year old son really loved this story, even though it was fairly text heavy for his age & most of the vocabulary was over his head. I stopped often to recap what was happening & he was especially intrigued by the art work. It would have been too scary for me at that age, but every time we read, he would beg for just a couple more pages. So happy to introduce him to one of the most epic stories!
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this through with Tanzen. The language is archaic, but I think it is worth reading and explaining to children. We will read it again, I am sure.
Sarah Middlestead
Eli: 4⭐️, Abby 3⭐️, Grace 2.5⭐️
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful!! My children listened to me read it aloud in two sessions! One of the best stories ever written, hands down.
Deanna Weigel
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it with my kids. They loved it and the illustrations were so fun to look at while we read.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
An old story renewed; with beautiful graphic illustrations, much of the original cadence and the same powerful reminder that the life of faith is indeed a dangerous journey.

While the book has great read-aloud potential, the pictures might be disturbing for very young children.
Joah Pearson
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Abbreviates the Pilgrims Progress without losing its flavor or depth. Wonderful way to introduce kids to Bunyan's amazing allegory - much better than the CGI feature film that came out recently. ...more
Desiree Muller
Aug 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read through this once over the course of a couple of months and then followed along today as we watched the movie, which is really just an audiobook with the pictures of the book zoomed in. We enjoyed the story both slowly and in one chunk. Definitely one to share with your family.
Blackest Soul Ever
Mar 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: "christians" who've forgotten what the basis of their faith is supposed to be
Recommended to Blackest by: mom
i'd read/had this book read to me by my mother when i was young. i'm not entirely sure at what specific age. i recently ordered my own copy and found the story applicable as more of a universal truth than just one that applies only to those of the christian faith. i ordered it more for the illustrations than the writings. i'm definitely glad to have a copy, both for sentimental reasons and for the wisdom contained in it. the story is simply told, but the struggles that christian endures can be c ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is not the fully unabridged version, which I haven't read, but this version still carries with it the essence of the story (I imagine), which is perfectly complemented by the illustrations. So good are the illustrations that I used them for an art project about 'Pathways to Life'. What is most amazing about this book to me though was that it was all inspired by a dream that the author had. I truly believe that God was behind that creative revelation and the book has continued to encourage t ...more
Gorgeous paintings by Alan Parry on every page, full of drama and even humor. Oliver Hunkin’s text stays close to the 17th century original although abridged. Unfortunately that makes it less accessible to young readers who would love the illustrations. I also can’t imagine what the book designer was thinking to use italics instead of quotation marks to indicate dialogue. Some pages use block paragraphs with no space between them instead of indenting the first line. Inadequate proofreading? In s ...more
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This is a beautiful story of Pilgrim's Progress made readable for children. The illustrations are absolutely amazing. If children are small, I'd read it with them as the pictures and the accompanying story may possibly frighten them !! For all of us who have (or have had) little boys who are looking for daring adventure books, this is a GEM !! ...more
Philip Mcduffie
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the first audio book that I have ever listened too and I enjoyed it thoroughly. This version of the Pilgrim's Progress is not as good as the original (once you take out one word from Bunyan's original you have lessened the work), but it was fantastic. Grab a hold of the Pilgrim's Progress and be spiritually encouraged as you make your own journey to the Celestial City. ...more
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Some words are a bit outdated, but that is the only negative I can think of with this book; the story and the illustrations are magnificent. Taylor loves this book. If you want a children's version of the story of Pilgrim's Progress, this one is excellent. ...more
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just read this with my boys. They loved the book and asked every day if we could read another chapter. The pictures are fantastic and help tell the story. My 8 yr old wants to read the "bigger version". This is a great intro to Pilgrim's Progress! ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
One of the most accessible renderings of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress yet created. The story is a treasure, full of golden nuggets of wisdom applicable to anyone in the world. The pictures are great and bring the story alive for children.

I highly recommend this book for all ages.
John Yelverton
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This illustrated version of "The Pilgrim's Progress" makes it ideal to read to your children without losing any of the power or the context of the classic work. Furthermore, the artwork is fantastic and truly ignites the imagination of the reader. I cannot recommend this book enough to you. ...more
Becky Pliego
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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