At the age of 17, Spurgeon became pastor to a handful of believers at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, meeting in what had been a dovecote. Within five years, he had become the best-known minister in London. Two years later, following the Sepoy Mutiny, he conducted a service of national humiliation in the Crystal Palace that was attended by 24,000 people.
But this volume is far from being a record of human fame and success. From his first years of childhood in rural Essex to the first years of revival in London, Spurgeon pours out his story with an enthralling fullness and color that emphasizes the center and passion of his life. Whatever Spurgeon did, he did it for Christ - and therefore even his autobiography leads our eyes from his own works of service to the Savior behind them.
Public Domain (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Spurgeon's "autobiography" was compiled from letters, sermons, and other sources after his death. Portions of the book are written by its editors or Mrs. Spurgeon.
The book is a wonderful insight into Spurgeon's life and ministry. The first volume deals with his early life and ministry in London. There is a lot of background and reminisces about his childhood, a lengthy defense of his Calvinistic doctrine, and information about his meteoric rise and popularity.
I wouldn't recommend the book to someone who is not somewhat familiar with Spurgeon and his ministry. It was not put together to introduce the subject to a reader.
Go ahead and get ready to get volume two if you enjoy this.
No, but every bit as good, with the great of the reader
Not sure I can compare.
This is the first.
Enlightening and inspiring to learn the history behind the name Spurgeon. As a Baptist in the UK, and knowing Spurgeon's College is where Baptist ministers are trained, I felt the need to investigate further. I'm definitely not disappointed to learn the history behind this great man of God.
My belief system has been verified by listening to this audio book overnight, in periods of wakefulness on my iPod. Had I not been quadriplegic with MS, I would never have had the opportunity – or should I say 'bothered' to read Spurgeon's life story! Had I listened to the voice of God, when I heard His prompting (at a similar age), I would probably have gone into ministry oversees. As it happened, I experienced a lengthy wilderness period! Now, at least I have the opportunity to witness to my carers.
Spurgeon was undoubtedly a great witness, and don't we need a few brave souls to tackle the secular, materialistic, egocentric generations – about four generations of 2012. I had thought a revival might occur with the 'economic climate.' But, as we read in Matthew 28, these are just 'birth pangs', I just say Maranatha – come the Lord Jesus!
Anyone wanting further inspiration, try Bonhoeffer. This is so interesting to learn about the world wars and Hitler from a German perspective. Another tome almost completed. Another truly inspirational man.
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