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Ben Kwok

Ben is part of a church plant team establishing the Rouse Hill Church. He holds a Master of Divinity degree. Ben and his wife Diahanna live in Sydney, Australia with their four young children.


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    great post. I suggest that Twilight is just tabloid light for teens.

    Helen Taylor wrote a children’s version many years ago that has stood the test of time. I read it and re-read it when I was a kid and now my kids are reading it too. The cover is coming off it.

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    Yep, classic work, not only of Christian writing but of English literature. It has had a profound influence on many writers and people over the 350 years it has been in publication.

    For those interested, C.S Lewis wrote an excellent book about his own conversion called “The Pilgrim’s Regress.” Also, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Celestial Railroad”, also inspired by Bunyan’s classic, gives a slightly more modern version but still hits hard, especially at modern Christianity.

    Looking forward to introducing my kids to these and other great books.

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    Ben Kwok

    Thanks Mark! I will pick that one up.

    Steve, I think Hawthorne is great at depicting the sin nature and the failure of moralism, i.e. Scarlet Letter. Both his work and Lewis’ Pilgrim’s Regress seem a little on the darker side in that they focus on humanity’s failure apart from God. What do you think?

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    Jason Harris

    I’m pretty sure Pilgrim’s Progress has more copies in print than any other English book in history besides the Scriptures.

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    Alen Basic

    I’m almost embarrassed to admit I haven’t finished reading this book! I have to go through it again sometime. I remember a film that was a modern rendition of the book that I watched; it was quite nice. It’s easy to find yourself next to Christian as he goes through these various parts of the story.

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    Ben, I think all of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short stories are a little on the darker side. I love them. Regarding his Celestial Railroad, it is a critique on the state Christianity had fallen to from the Puritan days, hence the Bunyan style allegory, and many references to Pilgrim’s Progress. I think his stories are dark because he was a melancholic kind of person.

    Lewis, on the other hand, was commenting on the various philosophies of his day (and ours), systematically stripping down the facade of logic and reason that made them attractive to him, and exposing their weakness. In that sense, yes, he focused on humanity’s failure apart from God, the failure of human reasoning detached from the Scriptures.

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