Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Book Review - John Bunyan by Kevin Belmonte

To begin I have to make an admission – I have never read Pilgrim’s Progress and I suspect some readers may be saying ‘Shame on you!’
I had considered whether to go for the book about Winston Churchill or this one and decided as I knew a little about Winston Churchill that I should go for John Bunyan.
Overall I was not disappointed, although I have to say I found the first few pages hard going but as the chapters were quite short and reasonably punchy I soon settled into reading it.
Kevin Belmonte has done a very good job in this book and I was amazed that a book I knew to be a classic was written by a man with Bunyan’s background. He was after all just a tinker, a maker and mender of pots and pans and yet he appears to have written a fascinating story with all the ingredients of a great adventure story. I was quite surprised too in reading this book to find the number of authors who had drawn inspiration from John Bunyan.
If you have read Pilgrim’s Progress and want to know more about the man that wrote it, I would recommend this book as a good place to start – a quick reader could possibly read it in two to three hours and because it is not too heavy either in content or weight it is not a hard book to read.
I suppose the most important thing about reading this book is that it has stirred up my interest in Bunyan’s best known work and I will now have to go and obtain a copy of PIlgrim’s Progress as my appetite has been well and truly whetted.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

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