Regarded as one of the most significant works of English literature, John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress has encouraged, challenged, and fascinated Christians and non-Christians, young and old, for more than three centuries. Retaining the dignity and beauty of Bunyan's original language, editor C. J. Lovik has updated key words and phrases, making the book more accessible to modern readers. Brought to life with 30 all-new, full-page, color illustrations by award-winning illustrator Mike Wimmer, this edition will help readers understand the joys and struggles of the life of faith on earth through the journey of Christian as he encounters Evangelist, Ignorance, Mr. Worldly Wisdom, and others on his way to the Celestial City.
"This classic has refreshed my spirit time and again when my soul has longed for Christ-centered guidance through a maze of modern detours and diversions. I'm so grateful this special edition of The Pilgrim's Progress is now available to not only a new generation of Christians but to believers like myself who need direction and refreshment along our journey toward Home." --Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center"If any smoothing of Bunyan's seventeenth-century language plus new colored pictures can set Pilgrim's Progress aglow in the hearts of today's young readers, this lovely book will surely do it." --J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College"Every generation is heir to John Bunyan's timeless allegory, and to each generation falls the task of commending this tale anew. The collaboration of editor C. J. Lovik and illustrator Mike Wimmer has yielded a book that could well be a classic for our time. With great care, Lovik has combined the best elements of Bunyan's rich, evocative prose with accessibility for the modern reader. And in Wimmer, Bunyan has met his illustrator for the twenty-first century. The thirty illustrations that grace this edition are a world in themselves-the equal of any that appear in J.R.R. Tolkien's books." --Kevin Belmonte, Lead Historical Consultant, motion picture Amazing Grace"If you are looking for a classic edition of The Pilgrim's Progress, with a simplified form of Bunyan's original text, traditional color illustrations, and explanatory notes, this is undoubtedly the version for you." --Tim Dowley, Author of The Christians"For two centuries following its publication (Part 1 in 1678, Part 2 in 1684), The Pilgrim's Progress gained the status of best-read book (apart from the Bible). This magnificent production by Crossway with stunning illustrations by Mike Wimmer should help reinstate Bunyan's classic allegory to the status it belongs. It should be a question we ask ourselves: Have I read The Pilgrim's Progress? If not, repent immediately, for in taking up this volume you will find pastoral insights from a pastor of souls to help you discover the biblical way of salvation and aid you in the journey home." --Derek Thomas, Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Professor of Systematic Theology and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta"C. J. Lovik's new edition of The Pilgrim's Progress almost takes one's breath away. The text is readable, the notes are clear, and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. This is a book to be in everyone's library and will definitely occupy a prominent place in the libraries provided for Rafiki's children and adults in Africa. It is a joy to know that Lovik's edition of the Bunyan classic will be read by and to thousands of children throughout the world." --Rosemary Jensen, Founder and President, Rafiki Foundation; Author of Praying the Attributes of God and Living the Words of Jesus"This is one of the best books I've ever read." --Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks"The Pilgrim's Progress has long been a favorite of many. Now there is even more to love with this beautiful, updated edition. Editor's notes clarify the ideas in John Bunyan's classic allegory, while footnotes show where in Scripture Bunyan found them. The detailed color illustrations will delight both new readers and long-time lovers of this beloved tale." --Starr Meade, Author of Keeping Holiday and Training Hearts, Teaching Minds"Like countless others, I have been greatly influenced by The Pilgrim's Progress. Charles Spurgeon called it 'next to the Bible, the book that I value most.' It has already inspired generations, and I am confident that this new edition will inspire the rising generation. It is refreshingly readable while remaining true to this timeless classic. The illustrations, Scripture references, and study notes make it a superb resource for family devotions and study groups." --Susan Hunt, Women's Ministry Consultant, Christian Education and Publications, Presbyterian Church in America; author, Spiritual Mothering"The longer I journey through our dear Immanuel's land, the more grateful I am for John Bunyan's 'dream' and the cruel imprisonment that occasioned it. What a gift weary travelers have been given in this precious, timeless classic-and what beauty, insight, and encouragement was borne out of his suffering! Unafraid to challenge the outward trials of moralism, materialism, and persecution, humble enough to confess his own doubts and despair, Bunyan leads us on our way to the Celestial City we long to see. And what a gift modern readers have been blessed with in C. J. Lovik's careful editing and Mike Wimmer's luminous illustrations! This book is beautiful! The Pilgrim's Progress has always been a cherished treasure, but this edition makes Christian's story-our story-sing! I'm so thankful for it!" --Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Give Them Grace and Comforts from the Cross"If a picture truly does speak a thousand words, this version of Pilgrim's Progress will be the best of all. Combining the beauty of Mike Wimmer's illustrations with this timeless classic is a stroke of genius." --Steve Murphy, Publisher, Homeschooling Today magazine
C. J. LOVIK graduated from Westmont College California with a degree in Education and Communication and taught Elementary School in Southern California. After teaching for many years, he started a manufacturing business and developed an online family-friendly Internet search engine. At the age of 9, Lovik read John Bunyan's timeless classic Pilgrim's Progress for the first time, and it became his favorite book next to the Bible. During the past twenty years Lovik noticed that fewer and fewer young Christians had been exposed to Pilgrim's Progress. Thus he decided to revise and edit the original version so that it would be easier to read and understand for readers today, while remaining strictly faithful to Bunyan's narrative and preserving the beauty and tone of Bunyan's original work. It is hoped that the final result will reintroduce English-speaking Christians to the most widely read, precious, and imaginative commentary on the meaning of the Bible and the Christian life ever produced in the English language. MIKE WIMMER has illustrated many children's books, including most recently Robert Burliegh's One Giant Leap and Stealing Home. His books have received the Spur Award (2003), the NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (1990), and the Redbook Best Book (1990).