The Power of Pilgrim's Progress:
A Book for Families Seeking Spiritual Growth
Today I would like to share with you about a book that I believe can greatly benefit your family’s spiritual growth: John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. This book is a Christian classic that has been beloved by generations of believers for its powerful allegory of the Christian journey. But why specifically is Pilgrim’s Progress a good book for families to read in order to develop Godly character?
Enjoyable By Children & Adults
First, Pilgrim’s Progress is a book that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Although it was written several hundred years ago, the story remains engaging and relevant to modern readers. It tells the story of a man named Christian who sets out on a journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City, facing numerous obstacles and temptations along the way. Through Christian’s struggles, readers can learn about the nature of sin, the importance of faith, and the ultimate victory that awaits those who persevere in following Jesus.
Because Pilgrim’s Progress can be read by people of all ages, it is an ideal book for families to read together. Parents can use the story to spark meaningful conversations with their children about spiritual topics. For younger children, parents can simplify the language and explain the allegory in terms that little ones would find easier to understand. For older children, parents can delve deeper into the themes and encourage critical thinking about the characters and their motivations. Reading Pilgrim’s Progress together can be a wonderful way for families to bond and grow in faith together.
Valuable Lessons about the Christian Life
Second, Pilgrim’s Progress teaches valuable lessons about the Christian life. As Christian journeys toward the Celestial City, he faces numerous trials and temptations. He encounters characters such as Obstinate, Pliable, and Mr. Worldly Wiseman, all of whom try to lead him astray from his path. Through these characters, readers can learn about the dangers of pride, the importance of perseverance, and the need to seek wise counsel. Christian’s journey is not an easy one; but through it, he learns valuable lessons that can help readers navigate their own spiritual journeys.
One of the most powerful aspects of Pilgrim’s Progress is its portrayal of the Christian life as a journey. Christian is not perfect; he stumbles and falls along the way. But he never gives up, and he always returns to the path that leads to the Celestial City. This can be a valuable lesson for families, as it teaches the importance of perseverance and the reality that the Christian life is not always easy. By reading Pilgrim’s Progress together, families can encourage one another to keep pressing on toward the goal, even when the road is difficult.
Examine Own Hearts & Ultimate Goal to Achieve
Third, Pilgrim’s Progress encourages readers to examine their own hearts. Throughout the story, Christian is confronted with his own weaknesses and failings. He realizes that he cannot save himself and he must rely completely on Jesus for his salvation. This can be a valuable lesson for families, as it teaches the importance of humility and the need to continually examine our own hearts. As we read about Christian’s struggles, we are prompted to examine our own lives and identify areas where we need to grow in faith.
Finally, Pilgrim’s Progress points readers toward the ultimate goal of the Christian life: the Celestial City. Christian’s journey is not just about overcoming obstacles; it’s about reaching a destination. The Celestial City represents the ultimate goal of the Christian life, and it is a reminder that our journey on this earth is temporary. By reading Pilgrim’s Progress together, families can be reminded of the hope that we have in Jesus and the ultimate victory that awaits us when we reach heaven.
Incorporate Pilgrim's Progress
The impact of Pilgrim’s Progress extends beyond its literary merit. Its potential to guide families toward spiritual growth is immense. As they delve into this book together, parents can use the story as a starting point to initiate discussions with their children about profound spiritual topics. The journey of Christian teaches important lessons about humility, determination, and the importance of seeking guidance from wise spiritual mentors. Readers are inspired to reflect on their own journeys of faith and identify areas where they can grow. Ultimately, Pilgrim’s Progress leads readers toward the ultimate destination of the Christian life: the Celestial City.
So how can you incorporate Pilgrim’s Progress into your family’s reading routine? Here are a few ideas:
- Read a chapter of Pilgrim’s Progress together each night before bed. This can be a wonderful way to wind down as a family, build close relationships, and spark meaningful conversations about spiritual topics.
- Use Pilgrim’s Progress as a homeschooling resource. There are many study guides and lesson plans available that can help you use the book as a teaching tool, like this curriculum from Answers in Genesis.
- Listen to a dramatized recording of Pilgrim’s Progress together. It will help bring the story to life and engage children who may struggle with reading or understanding the language of the original text. (This audio version is my absolute favorite… It’s been played in my house since I was a small child, so many times that my siblings and I have many parts of it memorized! 😊 Listen to it for free with an Audible trial membership.)
- Encourage your children to create their own illustrations of the characters and scenes in Pilgrim’s Progress. This can be a fun and creative way for them to engage with the story.
- Watch the animated film adaptation of Pilgrim’s Progress together as a family. This can be a great way to bring the story to life and make it more accessible for younger children.
Timeless Classic with Numerous Benefits
In conclusion, Pilgrim’s Progress is a timeless classic that can benefit families in numerous ways. By reading this book together, families can grow in faith, learn valuable lessons about the Christian life, and be reminded of the ultimate goal of their journey here on earth. So why not add Pilgrim’s Progress to your family’s reading list today? You may be surprised at the impact it can have on the spiritual growth of both you and your children!