1. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, 1678
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John Bunyan was a Christian minister. During his life, Anglican England oppressed anyone who was not in accordance with their church policies. John Bunyan, a dissenter, believed that submission to God and his morals was more significant than compliance with man’s rules. As a consequence of his convictions, he was jailed for more than a decade.
The spiritual journey of Bunyan inspired many profound revelations about faith and fellowship which led to the creation of the Pilgrim’s Progress.
Summary and Significance of Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim’s Progress is a symbolic story of spiritual importance and meaning. Rather than ignore this purpose, Bunyan thoughtfully describes the meaning of the book’s metaphorical events.
The story revolves around a man named Christian. His dilemma is the huge burden on his back (symbolically, the weight of sin). Bunyan reads in a book that he should leave his city, The City of Destruction, and seek another, the Celestial City. Christian begins a perilous journey to seek relief from his suffering and to find the Celestial City.
Pilgrim’s Progress is considered one of the greatest works of religious English literature. C.S. Lewis even wrote a notable sequel and English preacher C.H. Spurgeon read the book more than 100 times. Pilgrim’s Progress has been translated into more than 200 languages and read by millions of Christians over the last four centuries.
Also Read: 6 Powerful Lessons from The Pilgrim's Progress from iBelieve.com.