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It was fitting that Dr. Arnold Dallimore, author of a two–volume Life of George Whitefield (and more recently of The Life of Edward Irving) should then give us a book on Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It was in 1962 that the four–volume Autobiography of Spurgeon was republished in two volumes, with considerable rearrangement, but, even so, the Autobiography is too long to serve as a popular introduction. Accordingly, Dr. Dallimore, using these two volumes and other dependable sources, produced a much more concise narrative of Spurgeon’s life. He also set out ‘to understand and present something of the inner man– Spurgeon in his praying, his sufferings and depressions, his weaknesses and strengths; in his triumphs, humour, joys, and incredible accomplishments’.
It is no easy task to depict ‘so tremendous a personality’ as that of Spurgeon in a brief volume, but in 250 pages it is here accomplished, and with a large measure of success. It will meet the need of those completely ignorant of Spurgeon and his vast achievements, but will stir also the interest of all who value a unique ministry, yielding 62 volumes of ‘deathless’ sermons and many other highly valuable publications.
Arnold Dallimore is a legend and has done a great service writing this brief biography of "the prince of preachers". Charles Spurgeon was equally quite a legend, and preached the gospel in London in the 1800's. A must read. I have read it 3 times.
Arnold Dallimore has written an excellent biography on the nineteenth century baptist preacher. He has researched his subject well, and the book begins with an interesting description of life in nineteenth century England and the circumstances that Spurgeon was born into. We are told of Spurgeon's upbringing and his conversion in the small methodist church in Colchester. As his ministry begins and progresses, we get insights into the making of the man and some of his achievements. We also get an idea of his preaching at the Metropolitan Tabernacle at London, and the effect it had on so many. Spurgeon's struggles in later life, both with health and the 'Down-Grade Contreversy' are also looked at. The book then ends with an interesting appendix detailing the history of the Metropolitan Tabernacle after Spurgeon's death. This would make an interesting study on its own! Here is an excellent biography, which is much more condensed than the two-volume autobiography, and yet still so full of information. As you read, you will long, that God would do in the present day, what he did then, and that more preachers like Spurgeon would be raised up. If you only want to read one book about Spurgeon, then I would certainly suggest this one. If you want to learn a bit more, get Iain Murray's excellent 'The Forgotten Spurgeon.'
An easy to read, gripping read of an amazing man of God.
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