Throughout the autobiography, Spurgeon records those aspects of life that only an autobiography can: his family circle, the daily labor behind his public works, and the feelings which led him to resist the reformation of the Faith of the Churches. Above all, he records his experiences of God's grace.
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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. I don't think that you'll be lost if you do not first read the volume one of this set, but I'm not sure why you would want to skip it.
This volume deals with the height of Spurgeon's ministry and many of its legendary aspects. There a very intriguing chapters on the Metropolitan Tabernacle, the Pastor's College, and his writing ministry. The only thing lacking, in my opinion, is perspective that only time can give the subject. I'm not sure that when this work was compiled that enough time had passed to adequately understand the items such as the Downgrade Controversy.
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.
I was delighted to discover these in audio format. These are 'top drawer' classics no Christian should be ignorant of. I have just finished the two-volume set (print version) after 2 years(!) and my infirm 14 year old son has just finished the audio version after 2 weeks - both print and audio versions are peerless. This Audible version thoroughly enjoyed by my son.Yes it is flowery in language but consider this - there are a tiny handful of people through the ages who have understood and communicated the gospel with as much faithfulness, clarity and success as Spurgeon. His prolific works justifiably enjoy a vast readership even today (e.g. Morning and Evening).
"A window into the past"
This is a wonderful window into the past and into that fascinating time when C.H.Spurgeon was at large in the world and the Lord God was doing amazing things through His faithful servant. An excellent listen!
"A worthwhile read for Christians"
You will want to have already read/listened to the first part of the biography which you will have to purchase separately. I am not sure whether Spurgeon had meant to write a full autobiography before he died, and ended up dying before he managed to complete this, but most of this second book is actually written by other people, with occasional inserts of his from sermons, writings etc. not true autobiography.
I really enjoyed listening to this - I find it much more inspiring listening to stories of what God's people have managed to do through his power, than books discussing theology. Same critique as with the first book - poor publication. Check your audio people before you publish! Lots of bits where the quality is poor, or it gets stuck on a word like an old record. Otherwise very enjoyable and a real edification for a Christian.
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