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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (June 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080246520X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802465207
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Now, as they approached, Mr. Greatheart drew his sword to defend the women and children..."

Feel like the only person with struggles in the Christian life?  Wonder if anyone else has traveled the same road?  Millions of Christians have cherished John Bunyan's allegorical tale of the journey Christian and Christiana made to the Celestial City.  Written in the 1600s, this immortal classic is now available in a modern-day, understandable text.

Christian leaves his home in the City of Destruction and begins a long journey to the Celestial City.  His adventure is full of encounters with interesting people such as Faithful, Hopeful, and Ignorance.  Traveling through places such as Vanity Fair and the Valley of the Shadow of Death, he reaches his heavenly home but learns rich lessons during the journey.  The story has immediate application to everyday life.

Later on, Christian's wife, Christiana, decides to join her husband in the Celestial City.  As she travels, Christiana comes upon a different set of people--Greatheart, Mercy, Honesty, and others.  Her story illustrates how Christians follow different paths but with the same destination--eternity with Jesus.

About the Author

JAMES THOMAS is the author of Pilgrim's Progress in Today's English. He is now at home with his Lord.

JOHN BUNYAN (1628-1688) was a Puritan preacher and writer in England. Bunyan had very little schooling. He followed his father in the tinker's trade, and served in the parliamentary army from 1644 to 1647. In 1655, Bunyan became a deacon and began preaching. He experienced marked success from the start and was the pastor of the Bedford church.

Bunyan is the author of The Pilgrim's Progress which he wrote in 1676 while imprisoned for preaching without a license. His numerous other titles include Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and Holy War.


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Quick easy read.
Lawrence C. Gray
Put it this way...if you enjoy reading your Bible in the King James version then by all means stick with the original Pilgrims Progress.
didntvoteforhillary
As a matter of fact, I have read this book twice, and have given away as presents to friends several copies.
Jack T. Kellogg

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165 of 170 people found the following review helpful By didntvoteforhillary on October 25, 2010
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I decided to go ahead and get this version of Pilgrims Progress in spite of...nay even because of the unfavorable reviews. I noticed that those who revere the antiquated English of the original version wrote their reviews in modern English, and I would guess that they also speak in modern English. Therefore why must one labor through a book written in an antiquated language when a more readable version...written in language closer to that which you use everyday...is available? Put it this way...if you enjoy reading your Bible in the King James version then by all means stick with the original Pilgrims Progress. If you prefer to read your Bible in one of the more modern English formats, then you will enjoy this version. I think you will find it delightful, inspiring and thought provoking. Don't let the lit snobs guilt you into buying what you may not like and therefore won't read. This has nothing to do with dumbing down or lack of reading comprehension or anything like that. It is simply personal preference.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Zeldock on May 1, 2011
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"Pilgrim's Progress in Today's English" is a good introduction to Bunyan's famous allegory, particularly for anyone who's unwilling or unable to work through the 17th-century English of the original. This updated version, first published in 1964, is a polished effort, with contemporary but dignified language. It includes both Parts of "Pilgrim's Progress" -- the stories of Christian and Christiana -- and footnotes referring to the Bible passages that Bunyan cited. This version is broken up into chapters with informative titles, along the lines of a modern novel.

My only reservation about this "Pilgrim's Progress" is that it's not merely a retelling in modern English. It's actually a retelling *and a condensation.* All of Bunyan's poetry has been removed, and many episodes have been streamlined. To give just one example of the latter, when Christiana and her companions are on their way to the Interpreter's House, in the original they encounter two "ill-favored ones" (demons, presumably) who try to persuade Christiana to grant a "request." Christiana and the demons have words back and forth before the Reliever comes to Christiana's aid. In the "Today's English" version, this entire episode is boiled down to two sentences, with no dialog. (If you are interested in a modern English edition with no condensation, I recommend The Modern English Edition of Pilgrim's Progress.)

This kind of condensation is fine as long as the reader knows what he's getting. Unfortunately, the product description and cover blurb for this volume do not make it clear.

The Kindle version is well produced, with a linked table of contents and linked footnotes.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jack L. Keller on June 13, 2004
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For those who have longed to read Pilgrim's Progress but have put it off this is the version to start with. Many have wanted to read this Christian Classic but did not want to start with trying to understand the 17th Century English of the original. To those this book is a blessing. It is very easy to read but amazingly true to the original. It is great as a stand alone reading, but even better when used as a prelude to the original text.
I would advise reading the Moody version and then immediately reading the old text.
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158 of 202 people found the following review helpful By L. E. Cantrell VINE VOICE on November 17, 2005
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Consider these three passages:

As I was walking through the wilderness of this world, I came to a place where there was a cave. I laid down in that place to sleep, and as I slept I had a dream in which I saw a man dressed in rags standing in a certain place and facing away from his own house. He had a Book in his hand and a great burden on his back. As I looked, I saw him open the Book and read out of it, and as he read, he wept and trembled. Unable to contain himself any longer, he broke out with a sorrowful cry, saying, "What shall I do?" (L. Edward Hazelbaker - The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English)

As I walked through the wilderness of the world, I came to a place where there was a den. There I lay down to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a dream. In my dream I saw a man clothed in rags, standing by a path with a book in his hand and a great burden upon his back. His face was turned from his own house, which stood nearby. I saw him open his book and read, then begin to weep. No longer able to control his feelings, he broke out with a mournful cry, saying, "What shall I do?" (James H. Thomas - Pilgrim's Progress in Today's English)

As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place, where there was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep: And as I slept, I dreamed a Dream. I dreamed, and behold I saw a man cloathed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a Book in his hand, and a great Burden upon his back. I looked, and saw him open the Book, and read therein; and as he read, he wept and trembled; and not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, What shall I do?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sugarplum on July 6, 2012
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I have read a lot of books to grow in my faith and to help keep me on the narrow path that leads to eternal life with Jesus and this book really shows you how to do it. Any Christian who is really serious about their salvation should read this book. It encourages, comforts and protects you by giving the truth on what you need to know when you decide to pick up your cross and follow Jesus. We tend to forget how easily it is to be pulled from the narrow road we are on when following Jesus. We also sometimes do not understand the severity on how being obedient is what The Lord requires. This book reminds us how to stay on the narrow road and to not be deceived by things of this world. This was a joy to read and it was so comforting knowing what God has in store for the faithful that choose to follow Him. :)
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