Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
The Forgotten Spurgeon Paperback – February 1, 2009
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
But this aspect of Spurgeon's preaching is what everybody talks about. What nobody talks about, the Forgotten Spurgeon, is his passion for not only preaching, but also for doctrine. This book highlights Spurgeon's battles with Arminians, Hyper-Calvinists, baptismal regenerationists, and modernists. Spurgeon was a devoted Calvinist, and this book shows how centrally Spurgeon viewed Calvinism to his preaching. It was so important to him that he would fight tooth and nail over it, not giving in until confident of doctrinal purity. Spurgeon's doctrine is the forgotten Spurgeon. And this biography is noteworthy for pointing that out.
Recommended reading for learning more about Spurgeon, as well as for learning more about the doctrines of grace.
With this in the back of my mind, I pulled from my bookshelf the other day Iain Murray's book, _The Forgotten Spurgeon_. Though some may be inclined to think this is a biography of Spurgeon , it clearly is not (cf. Murray, 1998, p. 5). _The Forgotten Spurgeon_ is an analysis of Spurgeon's thought and teaching (ibid.). Murray takes his readers through what he considers the three main controversies of Spurgeon's life: (1) Free-will, (2) Sacramentalism, and (3) Liberalism. The latter two are known as the Prayer Book and Down-Grade Controversies respectively. It should also be pointed out that these controversies are listed chronologically as they appeared in Spurgeon's public ministry.Read more ›
This book is a short biography of Spurgeon and it focuses on the end of his life with the Down-Grade Controversey as well as what happened to Spurgeon's church, Metropolitan Tabernacle, after his death. It is interesting to see that, despite his preaching and doctrinal teaching to his church, the church abandoned Spurgeon for new models in the early 1900's. Sadly, the church never has regained the prominence it had in London since the death of Charles Spurgeon.
For those who study church growth, this book is a great reminder that only God builds His church. Churches built by men are doomed for failure! When Metropolitan Tabernacle gave in to the spirit of the age (Moody, Torrey, Finney) then the church fell. We must never substitute God's presence for men's traditions (Mark 7:1-13). May the Church of God be faithful to once again proclaim, as Spurgeon so masterfully did, Christ alone and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Today, many are the voices that praise the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon, but it wasn’t always so. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Z. D. Houghton
Iain Murray puts his great talent to good use explaining much more about Spurgeon than I had previously been able to learn, how he affected his time and how and why he was... Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Miller
Amazing biography by Ian Murray! good perspective on the life of Spurgeon.Published 12 months ago by Charles Rush
I've thoroughly enjoyed this biography, though the author insists throughout the work that this is really not a biography of Spurgeon per se, and was written to fill in the gaps... Read morePublished 21 months ago by SLIMJIM
This book written by one of my favorite authors,i.e. Iain Murray.
Goes into the "real" life story of Charles Spurgeon. Read more
Iain Murray is one of the best Biographers ever! This one on Charles Spurgeon is a great work on What it is to Love Jesus Christ in this life.Published on February 22, 2013 by TazTopic Review
There are a few books worth reading over and over. The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray is one of them. Murray is quick to point out that his work is not a biography. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Dr. David Steele
The book spells out the importance of contending for the faith and how it is important not to compromise over foundational truths for the sake of unity. Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by J McMurdo