A long, long time ago, a prisoner sat in a cold jail in England. In his cell, he had a Bible, a pen, and some paper. Over many months, he wrote an adventure story that, in many ways, was like his own life. The man’s name was John Bunyan, and his story became a famous book called The Pilgrim’s Progress.
In the hundreds of years since John wrote it, many people all over the world have read and treasured it. It has been translated into over 200 languages. The Bible is the only book that has ever sold more copies.
The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory. An allegory is a story with two meanings. First, this is an exciting adventure story of a man and his friends on a journey to a wonderful place. On their way they meet many challenges, dangers, and enemies. But it’s also a story that teaches important truths about Jesus and every Christian’s journey through life.
In his day, Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Next to the Bible, the book I value the most is John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. I believe I have read it through at least a hundred times.”
Great Commission Publications has taken this classic work of literature and adapted it for children ages 6 to 12 in order that they may learn about the Christian life from this great adventure story. The inside cover of the book has a wonderful map of Christian’s journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City with twists and turns through the slough of despond, house beautiful, vanity fair, and many others.
Along with a wonderful word-for-word dramatic reading of the book, a curriculum has been developed to help young pilgrims not only understand and enjoy Bunyan’s allegorical tale but benefit from the spiritual lessons and biblical truths discovered along the way. Readers come face to face with the challenges confronting the pilgrim named Christian and discover that they, too, deal with similar obstacles in their own lives, and that Christ saves, leads, and protects them.
Each lesson focuses on one chapter in the book and what it teaches your children, through reading, listening, exploring, singing, and a variety of activities reflecting different learning styles. The teacher’s manual guides you through each meeting step by step. Your young pilgrims will learn about God and his Word as they read and hear Christian’s story lesson by lesson. And you too will be encouraged and grow in your faith.
To find out more about this amazing book and the curriculum designed by Great Commission Publications, visit our website at childrenspilgrimsprogress.org.