Review: Spurgeon a New Biography by Dallimore

Spurgeon: A New Biography by Arnold A. Dallimore. This book is about 244 pages long and inspiring. Can you imagine being a pastor at 15? Can you imagine starting a college, writing books, preaching thousands of times, running an orphanage, and traveling the world by the age of 30 something? Spurgeon was called the prince of preachers but so much more. He was witty, well-read, articulate, and prolific. This biography gives you a glimpse of this great man.

Quotes:

  • "Life in the Spurgeon home was built around the Scriptures"
  • "The failure of preachers he had heard to present the gospel, and to do so in a plain, direct manner, caused him throughout his whole ministry to tell sinners in every sermon and in a most forthright and understandable way how to be saved" p.20
  • "I have endeavored to speak as a dying individual to dying individuals" p. 27
  • "...Spurgeon rejected the title Reverend" p. 47
  • "Throughout his entire ministry, many hearers remarked that, moved as they were by his preaching, they were still more affected by his praying. D. L. Moody, after his first visit to England, being asked upon his return to America, 'Did you hear Spurgeon Preach?' replied, 'Yes, but better still, I heard him pray." p. 77
  • "Writing is to me the work of a slave. It is a delight ... to talk out my thoughts in words that flash upon the mind at the instant when they are required, but it is poor drudgery to sit still, and groan for thought and words without... obtaining them. Well may a man's books be called his 'work,' for if every mind were constituted as mine is, it would be work indeed to produce." p.191


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