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Pilgrim's Progress (Pilgrims Progress #1) [Paperback]

By John Bunyan (Author), Tim Dowley (Retold by) & Steve Smallman (Illustrator)
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Item description for Pilgrim's Progress (Pilgrims Progress #1) by John Bunyan, Tim Dowley & Steve Smallman...

Dowley presents a classic retelling of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. Young readers can follow Christian as he sets out on the journey of his life.

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Studio: Candle Books
Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 7.12" Height: 0.26"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2008
Publisher   Candle Books
Age  5-8
Series  Pilgrims Progress  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  0825473640  
ISBN13  9780825473647  

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More About John Bunyan, Tim Dowley & Steve Smallman

John Bunyan John Bunyan (1628 1688) was born in Elstow, England, and his life was spared twice in his early years, something he believed God had done for a special purpose.

John Bunyan was an English Christian writer and preacher who is best known for his allegorical novel The Pilgrim' s Progress, published in 1678. Bunyan' s faith was profoundly influenced by two books owned by his wife: Arthur Dent's Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven and Lewis Bayly's Practice of Piety, and he turned to preaching following the death of his guide and mentor, John Gifford.

In November 1660, when Bunyan arrived to preach in the little town of Lower Samsell, he was informed that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Unwilling to denounce his Christian faith and his calling to the ministry, he was imprisoned for twelve years. Among the many writings he published during his imprisonment are The Holy City, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, and the most famous, The Pilgrim's Progress.

After his release, he continued to write and publish stirring works that have endured through time. Among these classics are The Holy War, Visions of Heaven and Hell, and Journey to Hell: The Life and Death of Mr. Badman.

SPANISH BIO: John Bunyan nacio en Inglaterra en el 1628. Fue preparado para seguir los pasos de su padre cuando exploto la guerra civil en 1644. Al comienzo del 1648, Bunyan experimento una crisis de fe que duro por muchos anos. Por eso se unio a una iglesia en Bedford, pero pronto fue arrestado ya que sus escritos iban en contra de ciertos grupos de interes. En prision paso doce anos. En aquellos anos escribio su autobiografia Gracia abundante en donde relata su travesia personal. El progreso del pelegrino, su obra mas famosa, llego a ser un clasico literario. Bunyan fallecio el 31 de agosto de 1688.

John Bunyan lived in Bedford. John Bunyan was born in 1628 and died in 1688.

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Very close to the original. A few drawbacks  Mar 21, 2010
I love Bunyan's original Progress. Helen Taylor did a great job taking it and making a child's version sometime in the 50s or 60s. However, she cut out much of the good original content that would have even encouraged children. Nevertheless a great book (called Little Pilgrim's Progress: From John Bunyan's Classic (The Message)).
Mr. Dowley's version restores much of what Taylor left out. It's very good and maintains much of the great original themes and allegorical images that Bunyan first introduced to us hundreds of years ago. I highly recommend this version. The story flows well and the illustrations are excellent. I think this book comes with a board game or can be purchased separately. Your children will love it, even ones not old enough to read as they'll love the pictures. However, I have two concerns (hence, "drawbacks" in my title)-
1. Why is the character Evangelist dressed like a pot smoking, hippie flower child? Evangelist was most likely the representative character for Bunyan's Pastor (Mr. Gifford) that helped him tremendously when he was curious and inquisitive about the Christian faith, struggling to find assurance of salvation. He was a godly, Christian man and why an image of new age, beard-wearing, long-haired guru looking dude from the late 60s is used to represent him, is beyond me.
2. My second concern is the second to last sentence. It reads, "Good men made perfect walked there". Now, in all fairness I went back and checked Bunyan's original wording and I think I know where Dowley is getting this phrase from. Bunyan wrote, "the Spirits of just men made perfect". I understand that this is the picture of the kept promise of 1 John 3:2 that "what we will be has not yet been revealed..." The modernized The Modern English Edition of Pilgrim's Progress (another excellent version) even carries this thought through to today when he renders it, " Mount Zion, the Heavenly Jerusalem, thousands upon thousands of angels, and the spirits of righteous men made perfect." (Heb 12:22-23). OK, so Bunyan is referring to Hebrews 12:22-23 and the ultimate completion of God's work in salvation where those who have been declared "just" or "righteous" are finally perfected. This is the same concept in Romans 8:29 and 30 where Paul gives us the golden chain of redemption which culminates in glorification.
For Dowley to render this phrase, "good men made perfect walked there" misses what Bunyan was trying to point to in scripture. If anything, it actually teaches the opposite of Bible truth. No good men go to heaven. Bad men go there. Bad men that have been declared righteous, declared just, are made perfect when they arrive in heaven. Saying that good men made perfect walk in heaven is misleading at best and down right dangerous at worst. It can imply that if you're just good enough (by what standard?), you'll walk into heaven and be made perfect. That's not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that there are none good, not even one. That through the righteousness of Christ, a no good sinner, through faith, receive His perfect righteousness so that on the basis of Christ and Christ alone he can be made righteous and accepted by God and allowed into heaven. Salvation is completed when the saved sinner dies or Christ returns and he is brought to completion (or perfection) at that moment.
Don't get me wrong, this is still a great modern version of PP for kids. Well worth the purchase. Just be aware that Bunyan was full of Bible and it bled out on every page of his works. We need to be careful when bringing his English up to date that we don't re-write his theology and unintentionally teach a different gospel in the process.

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