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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (February 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486426750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486426754
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Often rated as important as the Bible as a Christian document, this famous story of man's progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful drama of the pilgrim's trials and temptations follows him in his harrowing journey to the Celestial City.
Along a road filled with monsters and spiritual terrors, Christian confronts such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, Talkative, Ignorance, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But he is also joined by Hopeful and Faithful.
An enormously influential 17th-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language, The Pilgrim's Progress remains one of the most widely read books in the English language.

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This is a very interesting book.
Angel Byrd
I recommend owning a print copy for marking and notes but this version is wonderful for convenience and portability.
Stephen B. Futch
After the Bible and Mere Christianity, this is MUST READING.
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182 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Christian Buckley on November 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I came across this book years ago when I was accepted to University. The book was on the preferred reading list for new students, and so I picked up a copy without knowing anything about it. For those who may have read a "modern English" version of this classic, I'd say go back and read it again in its original form. I've read both, and I prefer the book the way it was written and published in 1678. It reads somewhat like a script, with sections beginning with the name of the person talking, and a constant barrage of characters coming and going.

The book begins with an apology from the author in the form of prose - John Bunyan was a very humble man who spent years in prison for his religious beliefs. My copy also includes a fascimile of the orginal title page from the first edition. The story follows the life of a man named Christian and his travels through the world, trying to find the Celestial city and have the burden on his back removed. As with everything in this story, there is no hiding the truth about who the characters are and what they want with the protagonist - all of the names are quite literal in their descriptions of the characters. For example, he encounters people named Piety, Simple, Sloth, and Presumption. And throughout the story, his burden is literally a heavy weight on his back.

The book has two section, both written in the similitude of a dream. The language is rich and beautiful (which is why I recommend the un-modified version), and sends a message of faith and optimism. I highly recommend it.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. Mighty on May 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book many years ago and what had struck me about it was how easy it was to follow and understand. I decided to get another copy since the one I read before had disintegrated.

This is indeed the true script of the Pigrim's Progress with it's unabridged length and archaic language. It's fine to read if you have read other versions that are easier to understand but if this is your first time reading the Pilgrim's Progress, you will be spending half your time deciphering what you just read.

Overall, still a good book but beware the prose of the book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By The Actor on January 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a brilliant work on the Christian life. Historically, it has been the second-best-selling book of ALL TIME, right after the Bible itself. I'd say its status is well-deserved; it is pretty much THE classic work on the Christian life.

As fiction, this work is thoroughly engrossing. While many books will not "age" well, this classic is timeless. It has truly stood the test of time. It is very fun to read, and the old English is not hard to get past.

This is great theology too. It belongs on the bookshelf of every Christian.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. O on March 27, 2007
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This book is often overlooked as it can be a hard read in the original language. We read this with a group of people and work and followed along with the audio. The message is profound and transcends time as it metaphorically links the struggles of all believers to the saving grace of God. GREAT BOOK TO READ with a group and then have discussion - would also be good to listen to audio of the book to get the full effect of the time it was written in and not have to worry about miss pronouncing something.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 6, 2007
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This book has been around almost as long as the King James Bible but it still holds tremendous potential for helping one understand the Bible. It is a delight to read because of the clever way biblical content is woven into the story. The author was considered relatively undeducated in his day but his vocabulary and content make one marvel at what passes for education in our day. If you were brought up reading the King James Bible, you'll love this work in it's 17th century language. There were several places where I chuckled at the author's deft manner.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Perry on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the most important extra-biblical works ever published, a work of ennormous value to your walk of faith. Though written to a congregation in the 17th century, it is still pertinent to today's believers....highly recommended!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah A. Lane on July 1, 2006
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Christian leaves behind his sinful life in search of the Celestial City, little knowing of the dangers and trials, as well as the joys, which will meet him on the way. John Bunyan reveals uncanny insight of human nature, and a keen perception of the spiritual realm, in this facinating allegory told with pathos and poignancy, as well as humor. Journey with Christian as he battles against the forces of darkness, persecuters in Vainity Fair, smooth talking compromisers, the Giant Despair and his evil wife, Diffidence, and, ultimately, as he reaches his destination in the beautiful city where sorrow is unknown.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Allen on October 12, 2007
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Written primarily while Bunyan was in prison for preaching outside of the Church of England during the late 1600s, this allegory marks the steps of a character named Christian through a journey to the Celestial City (Heaven). Disgusted by his life of carnality in his home town, Christian sets off on a journey prompted by talking with a man named Evangelist. He goes through a variety of struggles and eventually arrives at the cross where Christ takes his burden away.

He then continues on his journey and has to fight an apocalyptic dragon known as Apollyon who wants him to return to his former life then attempts to kill him. Christian uses the sword of the Spirit (aka the Bible) to combat the dragon and continues on his journey. He also goes through the valley of the shadow of death.

A friend that he meets along the way is named Faithful and travels with him a while until they reach the town of Vanity Fair. It is here where their steadfastness and commitment to their faith and striving for the Celestial City causes an uproar amongst the citizens of the city. Christian and Faithful are imprisoned and then Faithful is burned at the stake sending him on to the presence of Christ early.

Christian escapes and continues in his journey while picking up another companion named Hopeful. They encounter people such as Flatterer who leads them astray, the giant Despair, Atheist, and countless other such characters who's actions are described by their names.

Eventually, Christian and Hopeful arrive in the Celestial City and are welcomed in by the King. As I read this passage, it made me think of finishing a race in which the crowd is lining the passageway and cheering the runners on to the finish.
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