Thursday, January 27, 2011

Little Pilgrim's Progress adapted by Helen L. Taylor

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

I must confess I have never read John Bunyan's classic Pilgrim's Progress in its entirety. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation of the book and would highly recommend it for family reading.

The book is divided into 2 sections, first the story of Christian and his journey to the Celestial City and then we read the story of Christiana's journey. Christian and Christiana both begin their journey in the City of Destruction and find their way to the Celestial City with the help of many other pilgrims along the way.

Positives: A wonderful adaptation for families to enjoy and a great presentation of the gospel. I really appreciated the focus on counting the cost to follow the King. It was very clear throughout the story that this journey the pilgrims were on was difficult. I also loved the focus on grace and mercy - no matter how many times young Christian strayed from the narrow path, he was mercifully forgiven and brought back to continue his journey.

Negatives: While the story is adapted for children, I think it would still be most beneficial to read as a family. Many of the characters names would be difficult for children to grasp - Formalist, Pliable, Obstinate, Despair, Faithful, Hopeful. It is important for children to know and understand these words to grasp the meaning of the story.

Talking Points: Have your Bible handy when reading this story! There are numerous references to Scripture and Biblical principles. Take the time to show your kids the truths that come from the Scripture. Reinforce to them that God's Word is powerful and true, not a fictional story. Be prepared to share the gospel with them over and over as you read this book.

Age Level: 12 and up, but I would highly recommend it for family reading with younger children

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