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This volume offers a superb retelling in contemporary language of John Bunyan's beloved classic, masterfully illustrated with fifty watercolor paintings by Barry Moser.
Here again is the tale of Christian’s spiritual journey from the City of Destruction to the Heavenly Palaces, including the pitfalls and graces that threaten and fortify his epic pilgrimage. Matching Bunyan’s flare for storytelling and vivid imagery, Gary Schmidt’s new narrative also echoes the best of writers like Dante, Sir Thomas Browne, E.M. Forster, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Even after three centuries, this odyssey of faith and human perseverance continues to engage readers today and now, more than ever, Schmidt’s retelling of Pilgrim’s Progress will delight and stir the imagination of readers over and over again.
|Publisher:||Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||9.36(w) x 12.34(h) x 0.56(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Gary Schmidt grew up in New York, close to the beaches of Long Island. He attended Gordon College and in 1985 obtained his Ph.D. in Medieval Language and Literature from the University of Illinois. Gary has written several children's books, a number of journal articles, and numerous critical reviews, in addition to having co-authored and co-edited several textbooks. His retelling of Pilgrim's Progress (Eerdmans, 1994) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review. More recently, his retelling of familiar Bible stories from the Old and the New Testaments in The Blessing of the Lord (Eerdmans, 1997) was named an ABA "Pick of the List" and appeared in Booklist"s "1998 Top 10 Religion Books for Youth." His novel, The Sin Eater (Dutton, 1996), received the Best Book for Young Adults Award. Gary currently teaches English Literature at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He lives in Alto, Michigan.
Barry Moser is the recipient of numerous awards for his work in such books as Moby Dick, The Divine Comedy, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. His work is represented in collections, museums, and libraries around the world, including The National Gallery of Art, the British Museum, and The Library of Congress. Barry lives in North Hatfield, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pilgrim's Progress is a really great book. It has a message for both chilren and young adult readers. This book could easily connect to anyone's life. The struggle's that the main character Christian goes through are so familiar to people's everyday lives in general. He mentions so often in the beginning of the book how burdened he is and how he just wants peace. Who can't relate to this whether it's a child, young adult or adult. Whether it's homework, work or life everyone has some kind of burden. According to other reviews this book as been read in Sunday school classrooms, used to help in classroom management and just for self improvement. Anyone seeking self peace, I would recommend this novel as a guide.
I was already familiar with this book through my sister's retelling as a child. However, I loved and remembered the story into adulthood and wanted to find a copy. The original version is wordy and more difficult to process because understanding the language is more than half the work. I am so appreciative of this children's version. The story is a gorgeous analogy of the walk we Christians take with our Lord. It is moving in its entirety and gives such hope as to the faithfulness of God. It is a children's version but quite appropriate for adults too.
I've read this book to my three children, each of whom loved it. I've also read it to Sunday School classes, an episode each week. The episode involving Apollyon is a great story to read for Halloween season. The best reason to read it to a class? The story and action are absorbing, and as a result I find the book is the best class management tool I have. The main reason to read it, of course, is that the book teaches the main outlines of a theology of salvation that mainline churches seldom emphasize today.