The Pilgrim's Progress

The Pilgrim's Progress

by John Bunyan

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Often rated second in importance to the Bible as a Christian document, this famous story of man's progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful drama of the pilgrim's trials and temptations follows him in his harrowing journey to the Celestial City. Along a road filled with monsters and spiritual terrors, Christian confronts such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, Talkative, Ignorance, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But he is also joined by Hopeful and Faithful. An enormously influential seventeenth-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language, The Pilgrim's Progress remains one of the most widely read books in the English language.

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ISBN-13: 9781607782032
Publisher: MobileReference
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Mobi Classics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 692,141
File size: 257 KB

About the Author

John Bunyan was a 17th century Baptist preacher and writer. He became imprisoned for his Christian beliefs, and it was at that time he began work on A Pilgrim’s Progress.  Bunyan passed away in 1688, but left the legacy of 58 published titles; The Pilgrim’s Progress being his most popular.

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Chapter 1 Christian Falls

As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep; and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back.' I looked, and saw him open the book, and read therein; and, as he read, he wept and trembled; and not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, "What shall I do?"

In this plight therefore he went home, and refrained himself as long as he could, that his wife and children should not perceive his distress; but he could not be silent long, because that his trouble increased. Wherefore at length he brake his mind to his wife and children; and thus he began to talk to them: "0 my dear wife," said he, "and you, the children of my bowels, 1, your dear friend, am in myself undone, by reason of a burden that lieth hard upon me; moreover, I am for certain informed that this our city will be burnt with fire from heaven; in which fearful overthrow, both myself, with thee my wife, and you my sweet babes, shall miserably come to ruin, except (the which yet I see not) some way of escape can be found, whereby we may be delivered." At this his relations were sore amazed; not for that they believed that what he had said to them was true, but because they thought that some frenzy distemper had got into his head; therefore, it drawing towards night, and they hoping that sleep might settle his brains, with all haste they got him to bed. But the night was as troublesome to him as the day; wherefore, instead of sleeping, he spent it in sighs and tears. So, when the morning was come, they would know how he did; he told them, "Worse and worse." He also set to talking to them again; but they began to be hardened. They also thought to drive away his distemper by harsh and surly carriages to him; sometimes they would deride, sometimes they would chide, and sometimes they would quite neglect him. Wherefore he began to retire himself to his chamber to pray for and pity them, and also to condole his own misery; he would also walk solitarily in the fields, sometimes reading, and sometimes praying: and thus for some days he spent his time.

Now I saw, upon a time, when he was walking in the fields, that he was, as he was wont, reading in his book, and greatly distressed in his mind; and as he read, he burst out, as he had done before, crying, "What shall I do to be saved?"

I saw also that he looked this way and that way, as if he would run; yet he stood still, because, as I perceived, he could not tell which way to go. I looked then, and saw a man named Evangelist coming to him, and asked, "Wherefore dost thou cry?" He answered, "Sir, I perceive by the book in my hand that I am condemned to die, and after that to come to judgment; and I find that I am not willing to do the first, nor able to do the second."

Then said Evangelist, "Why not willing to die, since this life is attended with so many evils?" The man answered, "Because I. fear that this burden that is upon my back will sink me lower than the grave, and I shall fall into Tophet. And, sir, if I be not fit to go to prison, I am not fit, I am sure, to go to judgment, and from thence to execution; and the thoughts of these things make me cry."

Then said Evangelist, "If this be thy condition, why standest thou still?" He answered, "Because I know not whither to go." Then he gave him a parchment roll, and there was written within, "Fly from the wrath to come."

The man therefore read it, and looking upon Evangelist very carefully, said, "Whither must I fly?" Then said Evangelist, pointing with his finger over a very wide field, "Do you see yonder Wicket-gate?" The man said, "No." Then said the other, "Do you see yonder shining light?" He said, "I think I do." Then said Evangelist, "Keep that light in your eye, and go up directly thereto: so shalt thou see the gate; at which, when thou knockest, it shall be told thee what thou shalt do."

So I saw in my dream that the man began to run. Now he had not run far from his own door, but his wife and children, perceiving it, began to cry after him to return; but the man put his fingers in his ears, and ran on, crying, "Life! life! eternal life!" So he looked not behind him, but fled towards the middle of the plain.

The neighbours also came out to see him run; and as he ran, some mocked, others threatened, and some cried after him to return; and among those that did so, there were two that were resolved to fetch him back by force. The name of the one was Obstinate, and the name of the other Pliable. Now, by this time, the man was got a good distance from them; but, however, they were resolved to pursue him, which they did, and in a little time they overtook him. Then said the man, "Neighbours, wherefore are you come?" They said, "To persuade you to go back with us." But he said, "That can by no means be; you dwell," said he, "in the City of Destruction, the place also where I was born: I see it to be so; and, dying there, sooner or later, you will sink lower than the grave, into a Place that bums with fire and brimstone: be content, good neighbours, and go along with me."

OBSTINATE: "What! And leave our friends and our comforts behind us?"

CHRISTIAN: "Yes, because that all which you shall forsake is not worthy to be compared with a little of that that I am seeking to enjoy;" and if you will go along with me, and hold it, you shall fare as I myself; for there where I go, is enough and to spare. Come away, and prove my words."

OBSTINATE: "What are the things you seek, since you leave all the world to find them?"

CHRISTIAN: "I seek an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, and it is laid up in heaven, and safe there, to be bestowed at the time appointed, on them that diligently seek it. Read it so, if you will, in my book."

OBSTINATE: "Tush, away with your book; will you go back with us, or no?"

CHRISTIAN: "No, not I, because I have laid my hand to the plough."

OBSTINATE: "Come, then, Neighbour Pliable, let us turn again, and go home without him; there is a company of these crazed-headed coxcombs that, when they* take a fancy by the end, are wiser in their own eyes than seven men that can render a reason."

PLIABLE: "Don't revile; if what the good Christian says is true, the things he looks after are bet-ter than ours: my heart inclines to go with my neighbour."

OBSTINATE: "What! more fools still? Be ruled by me, and go back; who knows whither such a brainsick fellow will lead you? Go back, go back, and be wise."

Table of Contents


Life and Background.

About the Book.



List of Characters.

Summaries and Commentaries.

Section 1. To the Wicket Gate.

Section 2. Through the Wicket Gate to Interpreter's House.

Section 3. The Cross and Difficulty Hill.

Section 4. Palace Beautiful.

Section 5. Valley of Humiliation and Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Section 6. Faithful.

Section 7. Vanity Fair.

Section 8. By-Path Meadow and Doubting Castle.

Section 9. Delectable Mountains.

Section 10. Beulah Land, Dark River, and Celestial City.

Review Questions and Essay Topics.



Principal Characters.

Summaries and Commentaries.

Section 1. To Palace Beautiful.

Section 2. Palace Beautiful.

Section 3. Valley of Humiliation and Gaius' Inn.

Section 4. Vanity Fair and Doubting Castle.

Section 5. Delectable Mountains and over the River.

Review Questions and Essay Topics.

Selected Bibliography.

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The Pilgrim's Progress 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a read of 54 pages that has nothing to do with PILGRIMS PROGRESS.. I read the real book years ago and it was FANTASTIC ... DO YOUR SELF A FAVOR read the real PP..
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I had the same issue as the other person, bought it, and was a completely different book. not happy. do they refund?
H82W8 More than 1 year ago
Was suppose to be Pilgrim's Progress, but when downloaded, was actually The Pilgrimage of Etheria by M L McClure. I was very disappointed.
Julia Locklear More than 1 year ago
the cover may say pilgrim's progress, but the inside is something else. A huge disappointment.
Tropical_Island More than 1 year ago
I love "Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan and wanted to purchase a digital version to read on my Nook. When I purchased the $0.99 version of the book, I ended up with "The Pilgrimage of Etheria" By M.L. McClure. To make sure the same thing doesn't happen to you, please preview the book and make sure you are getting what you are paying for!
jimdad More than 1 year ago
I bought and downloaded this book. When I opened it on my nookcolor the content was a different book: The Pilgrimage of Etheria by M. L. McClure
JR90 More than 1 year ago
This is a false cover and is the the original Pilgrim progress by John Bunyan.
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There are better versions even among the freebies.
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The contents are not the correct book.
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This is not The Pilgrim's Progress!
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If you think this is the Pilgrims Progress story it IS NOT! Be warned.
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This definitely is NOT The Pilgrim's Progress. Don't know what happened. Glad I only sampled it. Don't buy!
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This is not Bunyan's Pilgrim's progress. It's a scam.
ex_ottoyuhr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bunyan has very clearly read his Spenser, and that's a good thing. He creates an admirably readable allegory of what is actually, not the Puritan progress to salvation, but the Catholic one. I lost count of the times when Christian backslides or comes close, only to return penitiently to the proper path; it's rather awkward for the allegory _qua_ Puritan allegory that sin and repentance, so amply provided for in Catholicism, don't even _appear_ in the Calvinist model. Chesterton was right, and I think it was Bunyan who inspired him to say it: the Catholic faith is the only human faith, and is mirrored endlessly by reality and story alike -- even when the story is by one who would be a little bit... _chagrined_ to discover just what Church he was writing for.
GrinningDwarf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic allegory about the Christian journey thorugh life. Belongs in every Christian library.
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So good
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I enjoy this book in other verisons but i had truble reading this verison of course it does make a difference if you just got into double digits so i wouldn't sugest it for people like me.
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Five star rat
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