By: Oliver Hunkin
(The Story of Pilgrim's Progress
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.