I read Pilgrims Progress around the first of each year. Every year it is a great blessing. I wanted to share a special gem from what I read last night - anyone else have sections that have touched you? I may add a few more as I go through the book myself. But now, in this Valley of Humiliation, poor CHRISTIAN was hard put to it; for he had gone but a little way, before he espied a foul fiend coming over the field to meet with him; his name was APOLLYON. Then did CHRISTIAN begin to be afraid, and to cast in his mind whether to go back or to stand his ground. But he considered again, that he had no armour for his back, and therefore thought that to turn the back to him might give him greater advantage with ease to pierce him with his darts; therefore he resolved to venture, and stand his ground. For, thought he, had I no more in mine eye than the saving of my life, it would be the best way to stand. The worst thing we can do in the battle is to turn back. Indeed, as Christian noted, there is no armour for our backs!