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Book Club: What I’m Loving About This Month’s Book, “Pilgrim’s Progress”!

Hey, Book Club Readers,

Did you know that John Bunyan, the author of our September Book Club selection Pilgrim’s Progress, was an English preacher and writer way back in the mid-1600s? He grew up in a very poor family and became a tinker (someone who fixed pots when they got a hole in them from being used so much). In his early 20s, he got married and had a little girl who was blind.

In his autobiography, Grace Abounding, he talks about becoming a Christian around the age of 22 and struggling with despair, much like Christian did at the beginning of Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan spent four years learning from some older Christian women of the church in his village. He finally became baptized in his mid-20s and began preaching in Bedford, England a year or so later. When he 28 years old, his first book, Some Gospel Truths, was published. The next year, his second book, Vindication, came out.

So here’s what I want to talk about: Between the ages of 21 and 29 – in just eight years – John Bunyan got married, came to know Christ, studied enough to become a church leader and preacher, wrote two books, and became a dad to four children. His 20s were full of big life changes, and he got through them by constantly growing his faith.

Our 20s will be important years full of many of life’s milestones and changes for most of us. But are we really preparing for them? Our culture says our high school and college years are for partying and playing. Even if we pat ourselves on the back for not partying, are we really using our time wisely? Do we have all the time in the world for movies and the mall, or should we be doing other things? Not that we can’t relax with friends and family or enjoy a new pair of shoes, but what are we putting in our lives right now that will have lasting – maybe even eternal – value?

What about the boys you are interested in? Are they wasting time? Or are they preparing themselves to be the kind of men who could love you and your children the way you should be loved someday?

After reading about Christian’s struggle to make it to The Celestial City and all the temptations he encountered along the way, those are the questions I’m thinking about today. How about you?

Don’t forget to join me for my video chat this Friday to talk more about this book! In the meantime, join the forum discussion where I’ve posted more thoughts and questions…

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by picklejar on September 27, 2012 at 06:21

    I had to read Pilgrims Progress. It was three years ago, I think. It’s a very engaging book and I like most of the symbolism. I don’t think the author had very high views of Catholics like me, though, considering he likened the Pope to a dying cave giant.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by daughterofgod on September 25, 2012 at 21:26

    I read The Amplified Version of Pilgrim’s Progress. My dad recommended it for me. At first it looked boring, but when I started to read I became quite interested. The allegories are :)! It is truly a good book next to the Bible!

  3. Paris

    Posted by Paris on September 25, 2012 at 20:19

    This book sounds really good and John’s life was really interesting.

  4. unicorns4567

    Posted by unicorns4567 on September 25, 2012 at 14:24

    hey nicole i know this is kind of random but can you make a video on what shoes to wear with what outfits thanks(:

  5. hannah1997

    Posted by hannah1997 on September 25, 2012 at 12:06

    Oh I’ve always loved Pilgrims Progress!! First time I’ve read it was when I was 9 or so, though the kids version of it 🙂 That’s also some good thinking material about the “20’s”