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Pilgrim's Progress Hardcover – Abridged, November 20, 2013
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"Next to the Bible, the book that I value most is John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" ... it is ... the Bible in another shape." (C. H. Spurgeon ~ Famous 19th century preacher)
'This wonderful work is one of the very few books which may be read over repeatedly at different times, and each time with a new and a different pleasure' (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
"Next to the Bible, the book that I value most is John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" ... it is ... the Bible in another shape." ~ C. H. Spurgeon (Famous 19th century preacher) 'This wonderful work is one of the very few books which may be read over repeatedly at different times, and each time with a new and a different pleasure' ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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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.
A true classic, second only of course to The Holy Bible. Christian and Christiana's journeys make you ponder the meaning of the Scriptures, and if thou hast a willing spirit, to give thy life unto the only begotten Son of God. Only by accepting Christ as Lord and Saviour canst thou be saved from eternal damnation in the fires of Hell, where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
'For God so loveth the world, that He hath given His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.'-The Holy Gospel Of Jesus Christ According To Seint John 3:16.
One caveat. I recommend that you read the book in its original and in the old English version. A few years ago I purchased a hardcopy that touted itself as being in modern English but that diminished the text considerably. I believe this book is of much literary value; so much so that even non-Christians can profit greatly from this book. Don't put off reading this gem because you assume that it's for Christians only. I am waiting for another Kindle version that will link the biblical references to a Bible thus making it feasible to read the verses referenced. But for the cost of this version, FREE, you cannot go wrong. An ABSOLUTE MUST read. Very highly recommended.