The Pilgrim’s Progress

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What to expect

Next to the Bible, The Pilgrim’s Progress has probably been more widely read than any other book in the English language, and rightfully so. It is considered by many critics to be the greatest allegory in any language. And to think that it was written by a jailed tinker who received very little formal education.

This classic allegory tells of a Christian’s epic journey toward heaven and the many temptations and distractions he encounters along the way. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains before finally reaching the Celestial City.

Critics Review

  • “This is the great merit of the book, that the most cultivated man cannot find anything to praise more highly, and the child knows nothing more amusing.”

    Samuel Johnson
  • “The most influential religious book ever written in the English language.”

    Alexander M. Witherspoon, professor of English at Yale University
  • “Written in homely yet dignified biblical prose, the work has some of the qualities of a folktale, and in its humor and realistic portrayals of Mr. Worldly Wiseman, Faithful, Hopeful, Pliant, and Obstinate, it anticipates the eighteenth-century novel.”

    Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
  • “Next to the Bible, the book I value most is John
    Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. I believe I have read it through at least a hundred
    times. It is a volume of which I never seem to tire; and the secret of its
    freshness is that it is so largely compiled from the Scriptures. It is really Biblical
    teaching put into the form of a simple yet very striking allegory.” 

    Charles H. Spurgeon

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