Wife, Mummy, Nurse: D: Dangerous Journey #atozchallenge

05 April 2016

D: Dangerous Journey #atozchallenge

Dangerous Journey
By: Oliver Hunkin
(The Story of Pilgrim's Progress
For Children)

When I was 9 and lived in Iowa, my dad bought me Pilgrim's Progress, and it was NOT the revised version. He handed it to me and said, "This is a book you should read." I tried, but after 10 pages, the old English was hard to understand, so I put it down and never picked it up again. My dad had better success with my brother, but he tried giving it to Robbie, my brother, later in life. (Robbie read it the one year he was homeschooled-around 13 years old.)

A few years ago we were at the M. family's house. As always one of my favorite things to do there is browse their bookshelves. I spotted Dangerous Journey and saw it was the story of Pilgrim's Progress for Children. I remarked, "I wish I had this at 9 years old-not the unabridged version that John Bunyan wrote in the 17th century." Mrs. M. said, "We used to give it as a standard baby gift. Do you have it?" I replied, "No." "Do you want one?" "Yes, please." She pulled one of at least 4 copies off the shelf."

Drew started reading it to Charis when she was 3 1/2 years old. She loved it, especially when Christian lost the burden on his back. She yelled, "Daddy, he lost his burden!!!! Mama, did you hear? He lost his burden?" I read it to Charis as well, and while some may be bothered by some pictures, she was not. The illustrations are beautifully done. After reading this, I now want to read the unabridged version.

Have you read Dangerous Journey or Pilgrim's Progress?
If so, what did you think of it.


  1. I have Pilgrims Progress on my Kindle but haven't read it. I tried once. I don't think it is Old English . . . it just didn't grab my attention. I will try again. Thanks for the inspiration. I might get this book for a child I know.

  2. I have not read either, but I have a copy of Matthew Henry's Commentary and find that style of language for his time difficult to read. I have to read it slow and take my time. But that can be a good thing rather than speed reading it. Wish you a great experience with the unabridged version.

  3. I love looking back at books from my childhood!

  4. I have not read dangerous journey...I have just lived it...LOL

  5. I really enjoyed Pilgrims progress. It was wonderful to read then!I don't have it now🐶
    Thanks Sarah