John Bunyan Pilgrim's Progress

Puritan writer John Bunyan, one of England’s most famous writers, died August 31, 1688, leaving behind a significant work of English literature: The Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan’s allegory, is about a man named Christian, who is instructed by a man named Evangelist, and who encounters many trials in his pilgrimage to the Celestial City, illustrating biblical concepts with names like, Faithful, Crafty, Little-Faith, Vanity, and others.

The Pilgrim’s Progress, has never been out of print—and is believed to be the second-most printed book of all time behind the Bible, influencing literary giants such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, C. S. Lewis, and John Steinbeck. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, renowned nineteenth-century English preacher, known as England’s “Prince of Preachers,” said, “Next to the Bible, the book I value most is John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress!”

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