Wisdom From The Past For Life In The Present
“Oh, there is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound; in musing on the Father, there is a quietus for every grief; and in the influence of the Holy Ghost, there is a balsam for every sore.”C.H.S
Personal Experience and Level of Enjoyment in this Book:
Michale Reeves, author of this title and President/Professor at Union School of Theology in Oxford describes this book as a “personal-introduction” to C.H. Spurgeon. After reading Spurgeon on the Christian life, this description is more than fair. Not only does this relatively brief yet edifying read provide a passing view of Spurgeon's personal life, it conveys his deepest, profoundly Christ-centered thoughts on a matter of subjects. These topics range from preaching to baptism, sanctification to suffering and depression, and my personal favorite – prayer.
Whether this is your first exposure to Spurgeon, you’ve read or listened to a sermon or two (there are phenomenal podcasts that orate his sermons), or you’re a fanatic, this book could very well be for you. Reeves truly allows Spurgeon to speak for himself as he carefully weaves his thoughts together with the work of the “prince of preachers.” In doing so, it’s apparent that Spurgeon had one aim, one chief principle, and one guiding light which he shone upon every aspect of the Christian life – Christ. More than anything, Charles Spurgeon’s life was indiscriminately saturated with a knowledge and love for the Son of God.
As a reader, this Christocentric principle strikes a sense of awe for the man and character of Spurgeon. Furthermore, it creates a deepened sense of reverence for Christ Jesus as he’s presented by this 19th century titan of the Church. As I’ve increasingly become more fond of C.H. Spurgeon’s work, this book simply yet intensely fueled the fire in my heart to read his works.
What kind of person would like this book:
As mentioned, this book will certainly read well for a vast majority of Christians. Why? Because it’s important for us to read of such Godly men so as to follow their example – one that’s undoubtedly marked with an immense love of our Savior. Spurgeon’s insights on the Christian life are no less informative as they are inspiring. His walk in the faith and ministry were defined by the humble and lowly perception of his own soul in comparison to a Holy God. As he wrote in a sermon later preached in the Metropolitan Tabernacle:
“I would say to any sinner here, whoever you may be, come, friend, come along with me to the cross. One says “But I cannot go with you: you have been a minister of the gospel these thirty years and more.” My dear friend, I am a poor sinner still: and I have to look to Christ every day as I did at the very first. Come along with me. Come along with me. It is many, many years since, on a snowy morning, I looked to Him, and was lightened. I wish that, on this snowy night, some soul here would look to him and live.” C.H.S.
In parting – If you seek to further draw on this wisdom, that being of another poor sinner such as yourself, consider adding Spurgeon on the Christian Life to your reading list.
Category: History & Biography - Christian Living
Published: February 28, 2018
Link to Product: https://www.crossway.org/books/spurgeon-on-the-christian-life-tpb/
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