By David Harakal

The Pilgrim’s Progress for the 21st Century

A Modern Adaptation of the John Bunyan Classic

The most readable and relatable version of The Pilgrim’s Progress available.

John Bunyan’s best-selling allegory can overwhelm today’s pilgrim. This modern adaptation with its clear, conversational English will engage adventurous readers of all ages.

If Bunyan was writing now, this would be it! Transported to the 21st century, Christian Pilgrim drives an SUV toward Celestial City with his wife and teenage children, staying in B&Bs and eating in diners—while striving to become the men and women God intends them to be.

Join the Pilgrims in their quest to learn the power and wisdom of God. Discover unforeseen temptations and familiar sins. Meet unsuspected enemies and unexpected allies. Battle enticements and confrontations Bunyan could not have imagined.

Lovers of the original will experience a new perspective on this classic journey.

New readers will embrace the adventure that has challenged Christian travelers for 350 years.

This version includes over five hundred scripture references and a free study guide for individuals or groups.


David Harakal

My wife and I live in the Middle East/North Africa region. In 2020, I left my 30-year career in corporate finance and marketing (including over 20 years at IBM) to work with Christians outside of North America. Before leaving, I served as an elder at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, averaging 8,000 in weekly attendance, and currently serve as an elder for a local church serving expatriates in this region. We have two grown, married children.

This brilliantly updated version of John Bunyan’s beloved classic will resonate with modern-day readers. As fresh as today’s headlines!

— Kristine L., Reedsy

“The Pilgrim’s Progress for the 21st Century” is an update to the original classic that every Christian should read. This adaptation modernizes language, issues, and modes of travel without throwing away the beauty of the original allegory. The included study questions make this compelling read an excellent resource for individuals, families, or smaller group studies.

— Dr. Matt Carter, Vice-President for Mobilization, Send Network

“The Pilgrim’s Progress Through the 21st Century” has something to challenge and encourage just about everyone. Harakal skillfully helps the reader look up from one’s own small story and gain a big picture view of contemporary Christian life. Gaining this larger perspective is a freeing and refreshing experience for the soul!

– Dr. Bob McNabb, author, Spiritual Multiplication in the Real World

Brilliant! Imagine following Bunyan’s pilgrim to the celestial city, but now he’s guided by a GPS and distracted by fancy preachers who love to speak at conferences. David Harakal re-tells one of the most famous stories in history, but in a 21st-century context. The result? Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress” lives again!

– Joey Shaw, activist, author, & poet

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