A Biography

Weight 0.40 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 13.7 × 1.8 cm
ISBN 9780851514512

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Sep 1, 1985

Book Description

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.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Conditions in England During Spurgeon’s Time xv
  The Preparation of The Man, 1834–1854
1 The Boy and the Books 3
2 Through Terrible Conviction to Glorious Conversion 15
3 Joyful First Efforts in Serving the Lord 23
4 The Boy Preacher of Waterbeach 31
The First Years in London, 1855–1864
5 ‘A Great Door and Effectual is Opened’ 43
6 Spurgeon’s Marriage—This One Truly Made in Heaven 55
7 Conflict 65
8 Revival in London 77
The Long Period of Mature Ministry, 1861–1886
9 The Metropolitan Tabernacle 91
10 Training Young Preachers 101
11 The Growth of the Spurgeonic Enterprises 111
12 Almshouses and Orphanage 125
13 Sunshine and Shadow 133
14 Mrs Spurgeon and Her Work 145
15 Daily Life in the Great Church 153
16 Ten Years of Mighty Ministry 163
17 Personal Characteristics 177
18 Spurgeon as an Author 191
The Final Years, 1887–1892
19 Earnestly Contending for the Faith 205
20 Last Labours 221
21 ‘With Christ, Which Is Far Better’ 235
Appendix: Subsequent History of the Metropolitan Tabernacle 245
Annotated Bibliography 249
General Index 253

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  1. Andrew Young

    Arnold Dallimore has written an excellent biography on the nineteenth century baptist preacher. He has obviously 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 Spurgeon and some of his achievements. We can 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 Controversy’ 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!

    I found this to be 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 (as I did), 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. However, if you want a bit more, get Iain Murray’s excellent ‘The Forgotten Spurgeon.’

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