Although John Bunyan’s Pilgrim emerged in Puritan dress from the Town Prison on Bedford Bridge in 1676, he has remained to this day, in more than 120 languages, an influence which is almost as wide as Christianity itself. Many explanations are offered for the book’s enduring appeal—the masterly allegory which can charm both child and adult; the great humanness of the characters who, after a few rapid strokes, appear in flesh and blood likeness; the plain, vivid English—and yet all these things are secondary.
Above all, The Pilgrim’s Progress is a life story. It depicts the life which Bunyan himself lived and, at the same time, the life with which all Christians can substantially identify themselves. For, as Augustus M. Toplady wrote, the book describes ‘every stage of a Christian’s experience, from conversion to glorification.’ It does so with such abiding relevance because Bunyan’s world of thought is that of the Bible itself.
This re-typeset edition of The Pilgrim’s Progress is based on the edition published by John C. Nimmo in 1895. It includes marginal notes and Scripture references, together with the fine etchings by William Strang.
Clothbound, 391 pages
Publication Date: Original 1678; Banner of Truth 2017
‘It is a masterpiece of piety and genius; and will, we doubt not, be of standing use to the people of God so long as the sun and moon endure.’ — A. M. TOPLADY
‘Read anything of his, and you will see that it is almost like reading the Bible itself. He had read it till his whole being was saturated with Scripture; and, though his writings are charmingly full of poetry, yet he cannot give us his Pilgrim’s Progress – without continually making us feel and say, “Why, this man is a living Bible!”’ — C. H. SPURGEON
Born in 1628 in Elstow, England, John Bunyan did not display a serious love for Christ until after he got married. Then, after a group of women talked to him about Christ, Bunyan was converted by the Lord and was baptized. By 1655, he was preaching. He was imprisoned more than once for preaching without official permission, for about 15 years in total, and he spent much of that time writing. John Bunyan books include his masterpiece, Pilgrim’s Progress, which is widely claimed as the most read book in history, besides the Bible. Christians over the centuries have identified with this allegorical classic that describes each stage of Christian experience. Readers can find the majority of John Bunyan’s books in the outstanding three-volume set, titled The Works of John Bunyan (also available in individual volumes: 1, 2 and 3). This set includes, among others, one of Bunyan’s non-allegorical works; Acceptable Sacrifice, the last book he prepared for publication. In this title, which can be purchased as an individual volume in the Puritan Paperback Series, Bunyan helps readers to discern if they have contrite hearts. Lastly readers interested in Bunyan will want to look at his heart searching treatise, Prayer.