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Review: “C. H. Spurgeon: The People’s Preacher”

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C. H. Spurgeon: The People’s Preacher

Peter Morden

CWR, 2009, 176pp., paperback, £9.99

ISBN 978-1-60178-099-7

The author, tutor in church history and spirituality at Spurgeon’s College, sets out to provide a popular introduction to the life and character of the illustrious preacher. Using stills from a recent biographical film, and with additional illustrations of various artefacts, the layout is colourful, quite busy, but not overwhelming. The biographical data is straightforward, the writing warm, the tone appreciative. Those who know nothing of Spurgeon will enjoy an easy introduction, while aficionados will find little new. What Morden does do is to try to dig a little deeper, avoiding hagiography, assessing the man and applying lessons from his life. Though Morden is a Baptist Union man, he is substantially fair-minded about Spurgeon’s resignation, but his treatment of the issue is tame and inconclusive. Certain passing comments about the nature of preaching and women in ministry would have Spurgeon turning in his grave. Spurgeon’s concrete legacy peters out without any reference to the modern Tabernacle, and more attention given to the College and the Orphanage. Useful in some ways, one’s sense of the value of this book will probably derive in significant part from which side of various divides one feels obliged to sit.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 15 August 2011 at 10:00

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  1. Reads like my review, but yours is more succinct!

    Jonathan Hunt

    Monday 15 August 2011 at 21:52

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