Book Review: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyun


I just had the privilege of reading the classic allegory novel by John Bunyun entitled “The Pilgrim’s Progress.”? This book was first published in 1678. This allegory speaks of an individual who comes to know Christ because of an “Evangelist.” He then travels the road to the “Celestial City.” Along the way he encounters all sorts of characters and situations that could lead him astray. Everything from characters like “Faithful” to places like “Vanity.” He continues to fight his way along the road through situations like the giant “Doubt.”

This was a book that I have always wanted to read. I love classic literature and this book did not fail. There were places at which theological differences might have arisen such as one who loses their salvation and those who try to enter heaven over the fence and not through the gate, but overall this book holds to a true understanding of what it takes to reach heaven and the challenges of walking the Christian life.

The final piece of the book is when “Christian” and “Hopeful” meet a character called “Ignorance.” In this exchange Ignorance delivers a classic idealism of why he should get into heaven through good works. Christian’s speech to this character is one of profound understanding of what the true gospel is all about. The saddest part of the book is at the end of this incredible journey Ignorance is only steps away from the gates into heaven but because he has tried to get there through his good works falls short of God’s reward.

If you are looking for a great story of salvation and its trials get a copy of this book. I downloaded it onto my new Kindle to read electronically.