“Turn back. You fool. Turn back. Leave this foolish- ness. You’re abandoning all for nothing.” But the
light of the Celestial City urged Christian
onward. Its Prince had bid him come,
and he would press on until he reached
the end of his journey.
The scene is familiar to fans of The Pilgrim’s Progress, the story of Christian’s journey from the City of Destruction to eternity with God. It’s also a story very familiar
to the story’s author, John Bunyan, not because he wrote it but because he lived it.
John Bunyan is one of the heroes of the
faith that the Torchlighters series from Vi-
sion Video and The Voice of the Martyrs
shares with children between 8 and 12
years old. Through this beautifully ani-
mated series, kids can see what God can
do with just one person who is willing to
follow Him no matter what.
Torchlighters: The John Bunyan Story
begins with a glimpse of Christian’s journey and his confrontation with Apollyon. Then it shifts to John’s own journey,
which he shares with a cellmate in Bedford prison. John’s journey began when
he was a young boy known for his trouble making and foul language. As he got
older, he caused no end of trouble, but he
was constantly terrified of going to Hell.
He knew he was sinful and doing wrong
things, but he felt powerless to change.
He determined to do something good
with his life, to make up for his past and
earn a place in Heaven. He decided to
take up a cause, give of himself, and join
the army. But instead of freedom, all he
found was more death and darkness. In
time, he found the real battle was within
his own heart. He longed for peace and
for someone to show him the way.
He tried harder to be good, went to
church, stopped swearing, read the Bible,
got married, and went to work. He decided that no one in all of England would
be as deserving of Heaven as he. Yet he
remained empty. No matter how good he
thought he had become, something was
John Bunyan’s Manuscript
of Little Importance
by Bonnie Rose Hudson
It’s a story very familiar to the story’s author, John Bunyan,
not because he wrote it but because he lived it.