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Pilrims Progress

When I was a child I read Pilgrim's Progress, or at least Part 1, and I have a very strong memory of not liking it. Since then, I've avoided it like the plague, along with other allegories. But after recently hearing a story about John Bunyan, I decided maybe it was time to give it a shot again.

So I downloaded it to my iPad, and have been making very little progress through the story of a pilgrim. But I'm trying.

It was suggested to me that a bit of moral support might help as I make my efforts, so I'm reaching out to you. Would you consider reading along with me? You don't even need to read Pilgrim's Progress! Choose a book that you're having a hard time getting through, one that you feel will be worth the effort, and share it here. Bookmark this post and we'll chat about what we're reading and our progress in the comments.

How does that sound?

32 comments:

  1. Mollie,

    That sounds like a great idea. I am currently stuck in a Gameboy DS game of Harvest Moon and enjoying it thoroughly. My brain needs more of a challenge and Sudoku isn't cutting it. How have you been? Love your designs!

    Maureen

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  2. Here's a little motivation (or at the very least some great music!): http://www.thepilgrimproject.net/

    Also, I have been reading Les Miserables since November. I love it but MAN, it is a hard one to get through!

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  3. I recently read Pilgrim's Progress for school. It was required, so it's not like I had forever to get through it, but I wish you good luck! I'm sure you'll be glad you read it. xo, Ella

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  4. I totally forgot! I would love to join along. Found this suggested reading schedule:

    Week 1 - through pg. 39
    Week 2- pg. 39 - 80
    Week 3- pg. 80 - 120
    Week 4 - 120 - 160
    Week 5 - 160-191
    Week 6 - 191 - end

    Let's pilgrim on!

    Lex
    leftylex.com

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    1. This is perfect! My goal will be to get to at least page 39 by next Saturday.

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  5. you will love little pilgrims progress. http://www.amazon.com/Little-Pilgrims-Progress-Bunyans-Classic/dp/0802449263

    read it to the kids a couple of times....they loved it.

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  6. I've always wanted to read PP, thanks to Little Women! I'll see if I can figure out a way to get it on my iPod (it's old, so most reader apps won't work with my OS)

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  7. We just finished reading Pilgrim's Progress as a family read-aloud and I think our family's biggest challenge was deciding which allegorical elements to delve into and which ones to leave for "next time." :-)

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    1. That really sounds like the wise way to do it. Smaller bites are helpful, especially when you're doing something as a family!

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  8. I feel you, I got a book for Christmas that I have been wanting by one of my favorite authors--A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling but it has been surprisingly hard for me to get through. She does amazing work, but there are so many characters and sub-plots that I have a hard time keeping up when my readings are so spaced out due to my busy schedule. Here's to reading a bit at a time until we finish them!

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  9. You might try a normal modern english version and not the old King James english version you have. I enjoyed reading it in regular modern english!

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  10. I also had to read this book in high school. Not to dissuade you, but I likened it to reading the phone book. Not that it isn't a brilliant story, I just found it repetitive.

    Perhaps I shall join you and finally finish reading Anna Karenina. I was rather enjoying the book. Though given I only have about 20 minutes a day to read, it may take me until school lets out in the spring to finish the book!

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    1. haha! that's a bit how I felt the first time I read it! this now feels like a test to see if my tastes (or patience?) have changed over the years!

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  11. I would love to read it with you! It has long been on my list of books to read. Our copy though belonged to my husbands uncle and was published in the early 20's. It's a beautiful illustrated copy yet fragile. I have never wanted to take the time to read it in a chair taking special care of it. I do most of my reading at night in bed. My son just got me a kindle. So now I will just download it and read along with you. I'm quite excited. Another good allegory after this would be Hinds Feet on High Places. Wonderful book.

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  12. Your blog is so charming, dear Mollie. I can highly recommend Pilgrim's Progress and Hinds Feet on High Places. I have read both a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed them. I wish you well.
    Blessings~

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  13. I started reading The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner in November of 2010... and I'm still only a few chapters in. I'd gladly join in with helping each other get through books!

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  14. This is making me so happy! Thanks for all the encouragement, and for joining in this reading pilgrimage!

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  15. Pilgrim's Progress is so worth getting through. I reread it every couple years as well as Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurrand. Such good reads. Pilgrims is very difficult to get through if you read the original version so read an updated one. The children's version is a good one to read to kids a few pages at a time during bedtime or story book time. It may help you grasp the adult book if read simultaneously. I'll have to dig out my copy and read with you. Enjoy.

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  16. Anonymous8:24 PM

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    1. Hi Candy! Thanks, and it's good to "meet" you!

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  17. I'm reading it with my daughter- we have a copy that has been broken down into 72 readings, which makes it easier :)

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  18. Hi Molly! I'm Elisabeth or polka_dot_socks, I've chatted with you a little bit on twitter! I have always had a tough time reading all the way through a book without stopping. I read half of Caddie Woodlawn when I was in 4th grade, and it wasn't until 6th grade that I started it again and finially finished it! Same thing happened with Little Women, and it has since become one of my all time favourites! I've always wanted to read PP, and I would love to read along with you! You are my very favorite blogger, you are so inspirational and your work with charities and love of God is very inspiring to me. I thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to your readers, it's amazing!

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  19. Thank you for the invitation. I have read this book and though I enjoyed the story this is one book I would not want to read again. It's pages brings memories of both laughter and tears. Take your time as there is much to this allegory.

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  20. have you tried http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinds'_Feet_on_High_Places
    it is a similar allegory and made pilgrims easier for me to understand...

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  21. I'm reading the unabridged version of War and Peace. It's huge and with teeny tiny print. :) So, even though I've read over 80 pages it looks like I've only read a tiny bit... because, well, compared to how much there is to read I have only read a tiny bit. :) It is not as difficult to get through as I feared, though. Just difficult with a husband gone for work all the time and me being a stay at home mom to 3 energetic little people. :)

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  23. Mine is Pride and Prejudice tried to read it for an advanced class in High school, couldn't read it - ended up not taking the class. I have also tried for the past 4 years(picked it up at least 3 times in the attempt to read), need to finaly accomplish this.

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    1. I'm a huge Pride and Prejudice fan, but I also get what you've experienced. It's not an easy read, but it's sooooo worth it!

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  24. No way! I just downloaded it last week and started reading it, too. I think it's the archaic language that makes it a tough read. But I want to power through it. :)

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    1. Awesome! Did you see the reading plan in the comments above? So far, I'm nearly on target...

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