Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

Imprisoned for 12 years, his crime: preaching without a license from the Anglican Church. But injustice turned to good, for during this time the classic book “Pilgrim’s Progress” was penned by John Bunyan, who died this day, Aug. 31, 1688. It’s a story of a man named Christian who flees the City of Destruction and is directed by Evangelist to follow a narrow path to the City of Zion. The friends and dangers he meets along the way inspired the modern story of the Wizard of Oz. Translated into over 100 languages, John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” was found in every home in colonial America, along with the Bible.