The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan is one of the greatest works. It was written during Bunyan's imprisonment for six months. It is a must read for all Christians. It has been translated into more than 200 languages. It is popular as the Bible, and has been described as a ‘people’s book’.
This is an allegory and describes the pilgrim Christian’s struggle and tribulations in his journey from City of Destruction (world) to ascend the Celestial City. The most significant characters are Worldly Wiseman, Pliable, Obstinate, Talkative, Faithful, Good Will (symbol of Jesus), Great Heart, Mr. Legality and his son Civility.
Inthis amazing allegorical novel we find very instructive ans soul-elevating dialogue. For example, the following conversation between Christian and the shepherd has all the grandeur of sacred world:
Christian: Isthis the way to the Celestial City?
Shepherd: You are right in your way.
Christian: How far is it?
Shepherd: Too far for any but those that shall truly get there.
Christian: Is the way safe, or dangerous?
Shepherd: It is safe for those for whom it is to be safe, “but transgressors shall fall in it” (Hos. 14:9).
“Famous Christian preacher C.H Spurgeon was influenced by The Pilgrim's Progress and is said to have read the book over 100 times”. Keats loved Beauty; Wordsworth loved nature; Bunyan loved righteousness.