A Biography

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Weight 0.40 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 13.7 × 1.8 cm






Original Pub Date



Pastoral Biography, 19th Century



Banner Pub Date

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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