Item description for Pilgrim's Progress : A Retelling By Gary Schmidt (Pilgrims Progress #1) by Gary D. Schmidt & Barry Moser...
Overview The pilgrim Christian undertakes the dangerous journey to the Celestial City, experiencing physical and spiritual obstacles along the way
Publishers Description Originally written at a jail cell desk in 1675, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress quickly grew in popularity second only to the Bible itself, and it has seen countless editions and printings over the years. Gary Schmidt has now recaptured this story of everyman's quest for life in contemporary language for a new generation of readers. This volume offers a superb original retelling of Bunyan's beloved classic, masterfully illustrated with fifty dramatic watercolors by Barry Moser. Here again is the tale of Christian's spiritual journey from the City of Destruction to the Heavenly Palaces, including the pitfalls and graces that threaten and fortify his epic pilgrimage. Matching Bunyan's flare for storytelling and vivid imagery, Gary Schmidt's new narrative also echoes the best of writers like Dante, Sir Thomas Browne, E. M. Forster, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Barry Moser's illustrations bring Bunyan's unforgettable characters and landscapes to life in fresh ways. While Christian himself is interpreted as a contemporary figure, Moser portrays the story's characters within different historical eras, powerfully enhancing their symbolic meanings for today's readers while also showing their common tie to humankind throughout the ages. Even after three centuries, this odyssey of faith and human perseverance still appeals to a wide audience. This new retelling of Pilgrim's Progress will stand repeated readings as it speaks to the experiences and stirs the imaginations of both young and old.
Awards and Recognitions Pilgrim's Progress : A Retelling By Gary Schmidt (Pilgrims Progress #1) by Gary D. Schmidt & Barry Moser has received the following awards and recognitions -
Citations And Professional Reviews Pilgrim's Progress : A Retelling By Gary Schmidt (Pilgrims Progress #1) by Gary D. Schmidt & Barry Moser has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
School Library Journal - 12/01/1994 page 130
Booklist - 11/01/1994 page 501
Publishers Weekly - 08/01/1994 page 79
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1994 page 86
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.34" Width: 9.36" Height: 0.56" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1999
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Series Pilgrims Progress
Series Number 1
ISBN 0802850804 ISBN13 9780802850805
Availability 0 units.
More About Gary D. Schmidt & Barry Moser
Gary D. Schmidt s most recent novel, The Wednesday Wars, has been garnering excellent reviews. His novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy won both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. His other novels for Clarion are Straw into Gold and Anson s Way. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and lives on a farm in Alto. He and his wife have six children. "
Gary D. Schmidt currently resides in Alto, in the state of Michigan. Gary D. Schmidt has an academic affiliation as follows - Calvin College.
Reviews - What do customers think about Pilgrim's Progress : A Retelling By Gary Schmidt?
crap Dec 15, 2004
this is one of the worst books i have ever read and i read alot of them i would not recamend this book to anyone.
A super version and now there's a music CD available for it! Dec 5, 2003
This is a wonderful verison of Pilgrim's Progress. It reads beautifully and while it does not have all of the scriptural references it hits the mark enought o inspire most people. I know many people who have read this one and then gone on to read the original work.
There is also a music CD available with contemporary Christian songs that tie to the story line. ........
Enthralling version for children Jun 4, 2001
I read John Bunyan's original work and found it wonderful, but I didn't feel it would entrance my children the way it did me with all of the heavy phraseology littered throughout the story. I normally detest "retellings" because they are usually literary trash not worthy of the time spent reading them.
This book was different. The story is extremely well written and maintains the rich flavor of the original story of Christian's journey of faith and his arrival in the Enchanted City. I read this version aloud to my four children, and they loved it. It is a chapter book, even though it looks like a simple "storybook." We took about a week with it at an approximately 20 minute per day rate. There are some alterations from the original, but nothing that changes the tone of the story.
The illustrations are exquisite, and I love how there are small paintings scattered throughout the text and not just large, page filling pictures. We checked it out from the library to read, and I enjoyed it so much I am planning to purchase a copy for our home collection.
Inspiring and moving Aug 22, 2000
I have read the original Pilgrim's Progress a few times and portions of it many times. I have also read various versions and several of John Bunyan's other writings. I personally love the theology and consider it essential. Mr. Schmidt's version of the story is compelling for some important reasons. Though it does not contain the lengthy discussions of theology, it opens a door via the story line to share the story with someone else. He has added some This hopefully will raise questions and hopefully a healthy discussion of the things that John Bunyan was trying to communicate to his church members whom he wrote this story for. As I understand it, John Bynyan was using allegory (like Jesus used parables) to make important Biblically grounded truths understandable to his people. This retelling hopefully will be the springboard for many to share their faith. Those that believe already will find wonderful illustrations and a unique and encouraging way of seeing their own journey through this world to the Celestial City.
Allegorical Adventures Jun 12, 2000
This retelling of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress is a journey through the back countries of one's mind. Pilgrim takes the reader along the stages, discoveries, and challenges each person faces in his or her life. Each time Pilgrim faces and makes a decision, it forces a look within. The author takes this classic tale and moves it into contemporary language and idioms familiar to modern readers. By translating the essence of traditional religion into secular experience, Schmidt captures the struggles and solutions which face every person daily. Moser's beautiful watercolors crystalize the experience without diminishing the broad range of responses to the story. A wide range of readers will find themselves absorbed in the journey.