John Bunyan is most well known for his book, The Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan belonged to the dissenting groups in England. As a result, he spent nearly twelve years of his life in jail. Pilgrim’s Progress is a fine example of the Christian life as journey.

Beebe and Foster point out, “A central point of The Pilgrim’s Progress is that we do not know all of the twists and turns we will meet along the way. As we travel, we seek and find guidance for that part of the journey. And often the knowledge comes just in times for us to make an obedient response.”
Pilgrim’s Progress follows a young man, Christian, through the twists and turns of life. He journeys from “the City of Destruction” to the “Celestial City.” He meets many who would either help or hinder him on his way.
Beebe and Foster identify several key themes. First is the importance and significance of conversion. “The journey makes no sense without this decisive turning.” Second, Bunyan stresses struggle. While grace is significant in Pilgrim’s Progress, grace is not opposed to struggle, only earning. Finally, “For Bunyan the spiritual journey is never over until it is truly over.” As Christian and Hopeful come within reach of Celestial City, they are nearly distracted from this goal by Flatterer and Atheist. Perseverance is essential.