I apologize for being so late in posting this first check in. This week has been crazy and my laptop battery is totally warped, rendering my computer dysfunctional, and until I get a new one, I can’t get work done when I want and need to! But this too shall pass :). Let’s talk about The Pilgrim’s Progress!
I’m really enjoying this book so far! I’m definitely going to have to go through it with a fine-tooth comb on a second read cause there’s so much under the surface. The seemingly simple illustrations in this allegorical dream carries so much weight about this journey called life and begs the reader to consider their own journey and what is at the end of it. It also asks the reader to consider the trials and hardships they are willing to face in order to reach their goals. I’ve been asking myself these questions and some!
I have found myself relating the different characters Christian has been meeting on his journey to people I have met in my own life. For instance, I’m sure many of us know of someone like Pliable, so easily caught up in the excitement of a new event or adventure but the minute things go south or sour, makes a beeline for home. Or perhaps you saw yourself in Pliable like I did.
Have you met any of these characters in your own life?
Can you relate to any of the characters so far in the story?
I found Christian’s conversation with Formalist and Hypocrisy pretty interesting. These two guys who come tumbling over the wall of the Narrow Way insist that it doesn’t matter how they got in as long as they got in while Christian says that the only legitimate way in is through the Gate.
Chr. I walk by the Rule of my Master, you walk by the rude working of your fancies. You are counted Thieves already by the Lord of the Way, therefore I doubt you will not be found true men at the End of the Way. You come in by yourselves without his Direction; and shall go out by yourselves, without his Mercy.
Yikes! But then I couldn’t help thinking, ‘Go Christian!’. His sincerity, passion and honesty is something I definitely admire. There are obvious theological themes all throughout the book. There is no mincing of words. It’s all pretty straight forward. It got me thinking about the things that I believe, the things that I perhaps haven’t quite fully worked through yet. And my copy has all these Bible verses in the margins and footnotes on every page! It’s like a whole study! No joke, this book is deep!
Were there any conversations got you thinking?
My favorite bits so far are when Christian’s burden comes off at the Cross and he says:
Thus far did I come laden with my Sin;
Nor could ought ease the grief that I was in,
Till I came hither: What a place is this!
Must here be the beginning of my bliss?
Must here the Burden fall from off my back?
Must here the strings that bound it to me crack?
Blest Cross! blest Sepulchre! blest rather be
The Man that there was put to Shame for me!
and the part when he comes to the hill called Difficulty and says:
This Hill, though high, I covet to ascend,
The Difficulty will not me offend.
For I perceive the Way to Life lies here:
Come pluck up Heart, let’s neither faint nor fear;
Better, though difficult, the Right Way to go,
Than Wrong, though easy, where the End is Wo.
I want to memorize both of those :).
What part of the book did you enjoy most this first week?
HOW MANY OF YOU READ THE INTRO?
I’m going to be honest…I have to go back cause I totally skipped it :P.
I can’t wait to know what y’all think of the story so far! Share your comments below!
Happy midweek and happy reading :)