The Craig T. Owens Audio Blog

Welcome to the Craig T. Owens Audio Blog with my blog posts in audio format to go!

My blog is now a podcast so you can listen wherever you are and whatever you are doing. You can subscribe on Spotify or Apple, and you will also find my podcast on Amazon Music.

You will notice that all of my new blog posts now have an embedded audio player at the top for you over-achievers who want to both listen and read at the same time.

A huge thank you to…

  • my wife Betsy who proofreads my posts and helps me spot my typos
  • my son-in-love Ian who gave me the crash course in podcast technology
  • my friend Indi Martin who wrote the music on my podcast
  • and my friend Kevin Richards whose inimitable voice is the announcer you will hear on the broadcast

Check out the podcast introduction and don’t forget to subscribe on either Spotify or Apple!

The Pilgrim’s Progress (book review)

Listen to the podcast of this post by clicking on the player below, and you can also subscribe on iTunes or Spotify.

Charles Spurgeon said of John Bunyan, “Prick him anywhere—his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is full of the Word of God.” Although this can be said of all Bunyan’s books and sermons, it is abundantly clear in The Pilgrim’s Progress. 

In my mind it’s easy to classify this book as “a classic” because of its enduring message. The journey through life for pilgrims like Christian, Hopeful, Faithful, Christiana, and you and me resonate with readers all over the world. In over the nearly 350 years since this book was first published, the pilgrimage has connected with Christians and seekers alike because it is the pilgrimage we are all on. 

In The Pilgrim’s Progress it’s not hard to identify the biblical messages because Bunyan literally names them for what they are, using names like Talkative, Mr. Worldly Wiseman, the Giant Despair, Mr. Great-heart, the Interpreter, and many more. Some biblical stories are portrayed in this book just as they are in the Bible, while others are fairly easily seen for all modern-day pilgrims to learn their lessons. 

As I’ve said before about this book, it’s an excellent one for parents to read aloud to their children. Then as their kiddos get a bit older, there is an easy-to-read version called Little Pilgrim’s Progress for them to read on their own. But I still highly recommend the original version of Bunyan’s classic in its 17th-century English. To me, the Old English in a story like this makes it feel like an epic adventure story, which, in fact, it is because it is every Christian’s story still to this day. 

I can’t urge you enough to make The Pilgrim’s Progress a friend that you visit often.

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