It recently struck me that there were two books that I really needed to read. Somehow I had made it A) to age 36, B) growing up in a Christian home, and C) through seminary, without having read either John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, or C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity.
How had I gotten to this point? I have no idea. I do have vague memories of having to read Mere Christianity while in high school, but I think I faked my way through it. Anyway, I am determined to rectify this problem.
Two weeks ago I ordered both books. Over the past few days I read "Pilgrim's Progress in Today's English." Some may say this is cheating because I did not battle my way through Bunyan's 17th century English. However, my point was to read and know the story, not to suffer through unfamiliar vocabulary. I suppose this would be like reading the "New Living Translation" of the bible. It might not be exactly accurate, but it is close. For me, that is not good enough for scripture, but for Pilgrim's Progress, I'll take it.
Frankly, it is kind of a relief to finally know who Christian is, where Beulah is, and what the Celestial City is. I had heard these terms all my life, and now I finally know what they refer to.
This book is a sweet allegory about the Christian walk. I'll leave the summary there because probably anyone who reads this blog has already read Pilgrim's Progress. I can see why this has been the most influential book in the English language after the Bible.
Tomorrow I will start making progress on Mere Christianity.
Are there any significant books you haven't read? Id like to know because maybe I need to add them to my "Books to be read" list. Thanks.