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Who would true valour see, Let him come hither;
One here will constant be, Come wind, come weather
There’s no discouragement Shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent To be a pilgrim.
Whoso beset him round With dismal stories
Do but themselves confound; His strength the more is.
No lion can him fright, He’ll with a giant fight,
He will have a right To be a pilgrim.
Hobgoblin nor foul fiend Can daunt his spirit,
He knows he at the end Shall life inherit.
Then fancies fly away, He’ll fear not what men say,
He’ll labor night and day To be a pilgrim.
Published in 1678, John Bunyan's immortal THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS has been
in continuous publication ever since. It is the story of a man named Christian as he
makes his way along the Strait and Narrow Way from the City of Destruction to the
Celestial City, the home of the Great King and His Son. It is an amazing journey
through allegory and parable that every Christian should experience. I've tried to read
"modern language" versions of this book and I don't like them - I'd rather raise my
language up to this book's level than dummy such a classic work of literature down to
today's language. I've compared the notes in various annotated versions, and I've spent
a lot of quality time with the Oxford Dictionary, and I've discovered that if you're
looking for a hard copy, I highly recommend the Barnes & Noble Classics edition
because of all the reader's helps - it's the only hard copy I own.
You can read more about his book at Wikipedia.
You can Download electronic copies at Feedbooks.com or at Project Gutenburg.
But these do not have the incredible reader's aides the Barnes & Noble edition has.
And, here's a MAP of the pilgrimage route.
I've printed it and glued it in the back of my copy of the book.
The 1679 edition was the first with illustrations. CLICK HERE to view them.
For another map set (which is gorgeous, by the way) and for some basic designs and
artwork related to Pilgrim's Progress, you need to rush right over to the website of
artist Garrett Taylor! Do it now.
Click on the poster below to order the movie:
Although it is a very good movie, it leaves a lot out.
It also puts emphasis more on Faith and Grace and not so much on Works (actions),
while Bunyan stressed all three pretty equally.
Despite that deficiency it's a good movie and I recommend it.
PILGRIM'S PROGRESS: Annotated
This is my personal working copy of this classic John Bunyan book - hard words and
old phrases & expressions defined. I've never liked modern language versions of this
book; I would rather lift myself up to its language than to dummy it down to mine. So,
I have spent quality time with a 30 pound Oxford Dictionary as well as any annotated
copy of this classic work that I could to make sense of it. Enough of my friends have
asked me to share that, well, here you go. I have not knowingly copied other person's
work (except the dictionary, of course), and if anyone feels I have, please write me and
I will modify the notes in this file accordingly.
PILGRIM'S PROGRESS: Concordance
by Bruce T. Forbes, 2010; Second Edition 2014
I've never found a concordance for this book, so I made one.
I will continue to upgrade and correct it as I continue to reread the book. Doctrinal
explanations are from my viewpoint as a Latter-day Saint - please read and find out just
how much common doctrine we actually agree on.
PILGRIM'S PROGRESS: Latter-day Sequel
by Bruce T. Forbes, 1994, revised 2011
A book inspired by Bunyan's classic volume. The book is the story of four of Christian
and Christiana's grandsons on their pilgrimage, looking through the field glasses of the
Latter-day Saint branch of Christianity. Those who believe Latter-day Saints are
heretics and Satan-worshipers should read this with an open heart and allow yourself to
be amazed at how much Christianity you're going to find. I am in no way as good a
writer as John Bunyan, and I will never match his genius, but I enjoyed writing it.
Also, I've written several short works about places and destinations within the City of
Vanity and Vanity Fair:
Theme Park: Pryde Park
Sports Center: Wide Realm of Sports
Exhibition Hall: Glories of the Natural Man
Eternal Homes Preview Pavilion
A PLAIN MAN'S PATHWAY to HEAVEN
by Arthur Dent, 1601
Said to be one of the books that helped convert John Bunyan to Christ
and one of his inspirations in writing Pilgrim's Progress.
LIFE and DEATH of Mr. BADMAN
by John Bunyan, 1680
As allegorical as the first two, this is a lengthy conversation
about how Mr. Badman became a bad man and how he fell.
The HOLY WAR
by John Bunyan, 1682
Every bit as incredible as PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, this is the story of Evil's battle for
the town of Mansoul (Man's Soul). Although told as if it's a real, physical battle, the
reader must realize Bunyan is actually writing about the spiritual battle that takes place
in a man or woman's mind and heart and soul.
I just wish it hadn't taken me fifty years to discover this book!
The TRAVELS of TRUE GODLINESS
by Benjamin Keach, 1682
As allegorical and as well-written as Bunyan, this is the story of a being named True
Godliness (God-like-ness) and his attempt to find someone to take him in to their home
and all the reasons why we mortals claim we want to take him in and yet why we
won't. I recommend this book as strongly as I do THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.
PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, PART THREE
Wikipedia says: "The Pilgrim's Progress: The Third Part is a . . . sequel to John
Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress written by an anonymous author. It was published
with Bunyan's work in editions from 1693 to 1852 because it was believed to be
written by Bunyan. It presents the pilgrimage of Tender-Conscience and his
companions. In the 19th century it was [edited] to omit a few sexual situations and
allusions." I present it here for the history and because it's a fairly good read. It has
some things the pilgrims didn't see in Bunyan's work which are interesting additions.
The CELESTIAL RAILROAD
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1843
This is a perfect sequel to THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS that you can hand to a friend
who thinks all they have to do is say "I believe" and they are automatically saved
without further thought or effort on their own part.
It's also an excellent essay on the evils of political correctness.