Upon the recommendation of Pastor Scott Boger; I read/listened to, “Pilgrim’s Progress: Updated, Modern English (MP3-CD),” which was apparently released on September 1, 2015 on the Amazon website. Written by John Bunyan and read by Mark Christensen, the book tells of how evil accompanies Christian on his journey to the Celestial City; Often disguised as something that would help him make his journey a successful one.
However, as you walk alongside Christian via listening to this audio book, you will start to notice many of today’s religious pitfalls. These pitfalls are represented by such fictional characters as Pliable, who gives up the trek to the Celestial City early on in the story at a place called the Slough of Despond.
Of course, there is a character in the story, too, named ignorance; who believes he’s a faithful follower of Jesus. However, as we discover in the book; Ignorance was really just trusting in himself and not following Christ at all.
We are told in this book’s description on Amazon that each character in this particular tale is quite accurate in its representation of what we too often see around us and in ourselves. “Yes!” Christian is injured and nearly killed on his way to the Celestial City. But Christian eventually prevails in his endeavor to reach the goal of his heart’s desire; certainly being lavishly rewarded for his efforts in the end.
The coolest part of this book is the Bible verses added to the text. It is true that the original Pilgrim’s Progress listed the Bible verse references. But the verses in this audio addition are read out; making their message far more impactful when tied to the scenes in this particular version of the original book.
Thanks to Pastor Robert Scott Boger’s recommendation of this read; I certainly have found this book to be a confirmation of things that I’ve suspected. In particular it confirms my sense that there is a difference between being on the right path with God as your guide and thinking you are being guided along “your chosen path” with God as your guide.
So, “Yeah,” I would suggest that if anyone has a mind they feel is worth expanding they lay hands on a copy of this book. It is well worth the read in either MP3 audio or print format.