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A prolific author and pastor, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) remains a respected and influential source of inspiration and study. His classic collection of devotions for morning and evening remain a beloved treasure of wisdom and teaching for Christians.
My expectations were blasted when I opened this up and saw how short the letters were. But my spirit spruced right back up after I began to read. Three factors will account for the brevity of Spurgeon's letters: He was a busy man; he had a talent for saying his piece in a nutshell; he did not like verbosity. To his son, on page 108, "Your little notices of books are first-rate. Short and pithy--better than half-a-page of long-winded nothings."
It becomes obvious by the very first letter why this man was so used of God. At fifteen years of age he was already working out salvation, "I can get good religious conversations with Mr. Swindell, which is what I most need"; had already left the old life behind, "Oh, how unprofitable has my past life been"; and was enjoying the fullness of God, "How sweet is prayer! I would be always engaged in it" (p. 19.)
By the Book he charted his own course, opting for baptism at fifteen (p. 22), and refusing Hyper-Calvinism at nineteen (p. 41.) Initiative and discernment in a youth, how rare! We do not even see the like among seminary graduates!
His letters to his girlfriend, to his `Sweet One,' these are the most valuable, I think; particularly sweet they are--and challenging. These two qualities characterize the tone of his correspondence. The following advice to a junior preacher will be enough to show what I mean by that. "I shall ever value my first-born above all the rest. Now I am going to give you a proof of my true love...Read more ›
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