Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan [REVIEW]


Often disguised as something that would help him, evil accompanies Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. As you walk with him, you’ll begin to identify today’s many religious pitfalls. These are presented by men such as Pliable, who turns back at the Slough of Despond; and Ignorance, who believes he’s a true follower of Christ when he’s really only trusting in himself. Each character represented in this allegory is intentionally and profoundly accurate in its depiction of what we see all around us, and unfortunately, what we too often see in ourselves. But while Christian is injured and nearly killed, he eventually prevails to the end. So can you.

The best part of this book is the Bible verses added to the text. The original Pilgrim’s Progress listed the Bible verse references, but the verses themselves are so impactful when tied to the scenes in this allegory, that they are now included within the text of this book. The text is tweaked just enough to make it readable today, for the young and the old. Youngsters in particular will be drawn to the original illustrations included in this wonderful classic.

About the Author
John Bunyan was born November 1628, in Elstow, England. A celebrated English minister and preacher, he wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), the book that was the most characteristic expression of the Puritan religious outlook. His other works include doctrinal and controversial writings; a spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding (1666); and the allegory The Holy War (1682)


I didn’t know what to expect when I undertook the reading of Pilgrim’s Progress. So I did my best to approach it with an open mind. I enjoyed the allegorical personification of the pursuit of faith.

Note: I listened the audio book as I followed along in the text. I found this method very helpful to maintain my focus on the message.

I received this book FREE from the author, publisher, distributor, or other source. My only obligation is to provide a fair and honest review.


  1. I have started on Pilgrim’s Progress before but got bogged down. (I’ll always remember the slough of despond, though!)

    Perhaps reading it with the audio like you did might help me as well.

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  2. Great advice to listen to the audio while reading. I tried reading it years ago but petered out too quickly. This year, my kids wanted to read it as it was featured in Adventures in Odyssey so I read it aloud to them. It was much easier as a read aloud and we all enjoyed it immensely.


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