Sunday, January 5, 2014


There are many words to describe us.  One word to describe me would 
definitely be READER.  I can no more imagine not reading than I could imagine not breathing. One of the many things having a blog has done for me is I have, for the first time in my life, kept a listing of the books I've read for the past four years.  As I finished up 2013 I realized I had read even more books this year!  2010 fifteen - 2011 sixteen - 2012 thirteen 

 The TWENTIETH book for 2013 

This book was not only my twentieth for the year, but also the 5th book of study in our Real Christianity small group.  As you can see, this is The New Pilgrim's Progress and yet it holds close to the original work, in maintaining some of the more archaic wording than many of the more modern translations. Kent (the co-facilitator) actually selected the version based on our discussion of not wanting to use the most current translation.    
I first read the above earlier translation in 1966.  I earned this book from The Bible Memory Association, Int. of St. Louis, Missouri after completing several of their Bible Memory programs.  An aside, I am so thankful that I began to plant The Word of God in my mind and spirit way back when I was 29 years old.  It set a pattern for my life that has served me well in my walk with Jesus, my Lord and Savior.  "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee."  Psalm 119:11 KJV & "I've banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won't sin myself bankrupt." The Word

I know I recommend a lot of books, because there are a lot of really good books available to us, but THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS is, in my opinion, a MUST READ for any Christian.  First published in 1678 his Allegory of spiritual and moral truths rings as true today as it did 335 years ago.

Begin the New Year 2014 right by reading this classic.  

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Mari said...

I read this book some years ago - very good! I should read it again.

retha said...

Know of it and have heard parts of it. Myself, have never read it. Think next time in the library I should go look it up.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I always enjoy catching up with your "penless writing!" Long time no see! :-)

I first heard of this book back in the 60s, but still have never read it, you have renewed my interest in it again!