Carolyn Staley has been serving as a pastor's wife for over 45 years and she has been laboring over this exposition of PILGRIM'S PROGRESS for the last ten years.
In her own words from her Preface we read: 'My journey to the Celestial City began at the age of nineteen when the Lord opened my heart, brought me to the Lord Jesus Christ, and saved me by his grace. In those early days as a young Christian, my tendency toward morbid introspection caused great mental anguish concerning the assurance of my salvation. During that dark period, I first became acquainted with John Bunyan when I was given two of his books, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and The Pilgrim's Progress. At first I was actually afraid to read them, afraid that they would confirm my worst fears.
However, as I began to read and ponder these works written so long ago, a glimmer of hope began to arise in my mind. I was not alone after all! John Bunyan suffered the very same things and wrote of them. At last I could give a name to the spiritual turmoil I had so often experienced. It was the murky Slough of Despond. The tormenting fear that so often held my heart and mind captive also had a name, Doubting Castle, baronial estate of Giant Despair. Thus I felt an immediate affinity with the humble tinker of Bedford that greatly encouraged me in those first days of my own pilgrimage.
Many years later when I was asked to teach The Pilgrim's Progress to our teenagers in Sunday school, I gladly accepted the challenge and began an in-depth study of that great work. Using those early lessons as a foundation, I later expanded and revised them into a series of thirty meditational studies that were published in Adam's Rib, a monthly periodical especially designed for Christian women. These meditations provided the framework for an even more comprehensive study that resulted in the writing of this book."
|Publisher:||Solid Ground Christian Books|
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Table of Contents
Preface Introduction Prologue Part 1: THE JOURNEY COMMENCES Part 2: ENCOUNTER WITH A STRANGER Part 3: WITH THE FORCE OF A LODESTONE Part 4: THE JOURNEY CONTEMPLATED Part 5: A VAST TREASURE HOUSE Part 6: DELIVERANCE AND RELEASE Part 7: WAYFARING STRANGERS BUT NOT TRUE PILGRIMS Part 8: WHEN TROUBLES SEEM LIKE MOUNTAINS Part 9: A TABLE IN THE WILDERNESS Part 10: OUT OF THE DEPTHS Part 11: CHANCE ENCOUNTERS ALONG THE WAY Part 12: "NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS" Part 13: BESIDE THE STILL WATERS Part 14: BEWARE THE "WAY THAT SEEMETH RIGHT" Part 15: THE HEART OF EMMANUEL'S LAND Part 16: THROUGH MANY A DANGER, TOIL, AND SNARE Part 17: IN THE PRESENCE OF THE KING! Epilogue End Notes