Personally, I greatly enjoyed the first book (focusing on Christian) a great deal. It convicted me when it brought forth characters that reminded me of myself, it challenged me to not follow in their steps, it encouraged me with all the trials that Christian faced and how he endured to the end through God's grace. There's much here that I would recommend, for younger and more mature Christians alike. The faith that the character showed in spite of all the trials and the way that he endured through it really challenged me and made me say to myself "man, I wish I had that kind of faith." Since it took on very much an auto-biographical sense, one could see the tears on John Bunyan's face as he wrote it, writing about people falling away to their own shame, people who've had to leave family and friends, who've lived a life of holy fear and were mocked for it. Just humbling.
The second book, while written in a similar style, seemed far more removed from the first. Many of the trials are easily overcome and avoided, and it seems like just a tour of Christian's achievements. This part was far less interesting, but still useful.
My Recommendation: Borrow it, and if you like it, buy it.
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