Chapter Five—A Faithful Friend

As he relates the trials that Faithful met with in the valley, Bunyan reminds us that, though all true Pilgrims walk the same narrow way, we do not all meet with the same obstacles on it. The Father knows the exact trials each of His children need in order to conform each of them to the image of His dear Son. All of us must pass through the valley, but what we face there will be unique to our own pilgrimage.

Chapter Six—A Faith Beyond Words

The story of Talkative reminds us that the test of our profession is what we do, not what we say. Though works without faith will never win the slightest favor with God, a “faith” that is without the works that genuine faith always produces is no better. Both are indispensable.