John Bunyan spent over 12 years of his life in an English prison for opposing the Church of England – holding religious services outside of the establishment. While imprisoned he began his masterwork: The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come. It is a story of the spiritual life told as a journey. It is one of the most significant works in the history of the English language, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print since it was completed in 1677.
333 years later, inspired by the lessons in the story, Stephen T. Moore completed a retelling in graphic novel format. It took him 6 years.
This is a faithful representation of that grand old story.
John Bunyan was an English preacher and one of the most influential authors of the seventeenth century. John Bunyan had very little schooling. He followed his father in the tinker’s trade. While imprisoned for preaching the Gospel without receiving permission from the Established Church, he wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress—said to be second only to the Bible itself in the number of copies sold worldwide. He was charged with “teaching men to worship God contrary to the law” and was in jail more than twelve years. His tenacity and perseverance has had an eternal impact on the world. His exceptional use of imagery has impacted generations of writers and storytellers throughout the English language in very profound ways ever since. His remarkable works have inspired generations. May they continue to do so!