I host an after-school program for children in the neighborhood of our church twice a week. We call it, “Kids KLUB,” which stands for Kids Learning and Understanding the Bible. We just finished reading The Dangerous Journey, which is a shortened version of the story of Pilgrim’s Progress, with lots of fabulous pictures. The kids absolutely loved hearing it read and looking at the pictures.
Since we reviewed the story each week, the kids all know about how Christian left the city of Destruction to head to the Celestial City. Evangelist told him to go via the wicket-gate (i.e. the small gate). He left with a burden on his back (representing his sin), which fell off and rolled into the tomb when he looked to the cross. At this point, he was given new clothes (representing the righteousness of Christ). Along the way, he fell into depression in the Slough of Despond. He sought his justification by works when he went off the path to the city of Morality (Evangelist came and pointed him in the right way again). He tried to warn others, like Simple, Sloth, and Presumption of the danger that lay ahead, but they neglected his warning. Along the way, he sought the straight path, though deviating from time to time because of his own sin. He fought Apollyon and walked through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Along the way, he met two friends who encouraged him in his journey, Faithful and Hopeful. He and Faithful refused the world’s goods in Vanity Fair. He and Hopeful struggled together in Doubting Castle. In the end, they both crossed the River of Death and arrived safely in the Celestial City.
It’s a great picture of the struggle of the Christian Life. If you have never read Pilgrim’s Progress, this book would be a great place to start. It would also be great for you to read with your own children. I highly recommend it.