The Pilgrim's Progress is a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages and has never been out of print. The book was originally written in two parts. The first book was completed in 1677 followed by the second part in 1684, a seven year gap separating the publication.
The main character Christian is an every day man, the book centres itself on his journey from his hometown, the ""City of Destruction"" (""this world""), to the ""Celestial City"" (""that which is to come"": Heaven) atop Mt. Zion. Christian is weighed down by a great burden, the knowledge of his sin, which he believed came from his reading ""the book in his hand,"" (the Bible). This burden, which would cause him to sink into Tophet (hell), is so unbearable that Christian must seek deliverance. Along his journey He meets Evangelist as he is walking out in the field, who directs him to the ""Wicket Gate"" for deliverance. Since Christian cannot see the ""Wicket Gate"" in the distance, Evangelist directs him to go to a ""shining light,"" which Christian thinks he sees. He leaves behind his wife and children to save himself.
John Bunyan was an English Christian writer and preacher, he was greatly acknowledged for his writing: The Pilgrim's Progress. Being a holy man, John increasingly identified himself with St. Paul, who had characterised himself as ""the chief of sinners"". As a result of these experiences, John Bunyan was baptised and received into St John's church and he began to follow the teachings of its pastor, John Gifford. In 1655 Bunyan started preaching after the death of John Gifford and moved his family to St Cuthberts Street Bedford. 1656 John's first book was published, ìSome Gospel Truthsî and in 1657, Bunyan became a deacon of St. John's Church, Bedford.