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Friday, February 17, 2012

Pilgrim’s Progress I & II by John Bunyan

Pilgrim’s Progress I & II
by John Bunyan
Product Details
Audiobook: 12 hours
Publisher: Librivox
Date Published: 1678, 1684

Point: The life of Christian is full of dangers and temptations, but the Prince of Pilgrims steadies the fainting heart and the Celestial City calls those almost gone.

Path: The author follows the life of Christian from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. On his journey he meets trying setbacks, tempting snares, and awful giants. The second book records the travels of his family.

Sources: Written while in prison in Bedford County Gaol, this work relies on an understanding of the human nature, allures of the world, and the Word of God.

Agreement: There is a reason why men such as Charles Spurgeon praised this work, children read it, and it continues to be published.

Disagreement: His interpretations and applications of Scripture are some times pressed.

Personal App: There is so much applicable material here. Pilgrim’s time in the Doubting Castle is always a reminder of the key given.

Favorite Quote: "Some things are of that nature as to make One's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache."

Stars: 5 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.

I was reminded of this hymn by Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, translated by Kane Borthwick

1 Jesus, still lead on till our rest be won,
and although the way be cheerless,
we will follow, calm and fearless;
guide us by your hand to our promised land.
2 If the way be drear, if the foe be near,
let no faithless fears o'ertake us,
let not faith and hope forsake us;
safely past the foe to our home we go.
3 When we seek relief from a longfelt grief,
when temptation come alluring,
make us patient and enduring;
show us that bright shore where we weep no more.
4 Jesus, still lead on till our rest be won;
heav'nly Leader, still direct us,
still support, console, protect us,
till we safely stand in our promised land.

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Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8)