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Advice for Seekers: Paperback – September 1, 1993
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About the Author
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. After a childhood in Essex, when he owed much to Christian parents and grandparents, he was converted in 1850 at the age of ﬁfteen. He was then assisting at a school in Cambridge and it was in these Cambridge years that he came to Baptist principles and was called to the Baptist pastorate in the near-by village of Waterbeach. From there he moved to New Park Street, London in 1854 at the age of nineteen.
Roughly speaking, Spurgeon's public work can be divided up into four decades. Through the 1850s he was 'The Youthful Prodigy' who seemed to have stepped full-grown into the pulpit. At the age of twenty the largest halls in London were ﬁlled to hear him; at twenty-one the newspapers spoke of him as 'incomparably the most popular preacher of the day'; when he was twenty-three, 23,654 people heard him at a service in the Crystal Palace.
In the next decade, the 1860s, his work might best be described in terms of 'The Advancement of Gospel Agencies'. The institutions which he founded, and for which he remained responsible, included a College to train pastors; a publications enterprise (with a weekly published sermon and a monthly magazine The Sword and the Trowel); an Orphanage; a Colportage Association to spread Christian literature; and above all the Metropolitan Tabernacle itself, opened for the church he served in 1861 and capable of holding about 6,000. The congregation which he pastored grew from 314 in 1854 to 5,311 in 1892.
Onlookers often supposed that so many enterprises could never be maintained at the high level of usefulness with which they began, but they were, and the 1870s might well be described in terms of 'Holding the Ground'. On every front the work was being blessed.
Then came the 1880s and by far the most difﬁcult period in Spurgeon's life. In this last decade he was faced with increasing controversy and a title for his last years could well be his own words, 'In Opposition to So Many'.
By the time Spurgeon was ﬁfty-seven in 1891 his health was utterly broken. When he left Herne Hill station, London, on 26 October 1891, for the south of France, he said to the friends who came to say good-bye, 'The ﬁght is killing me'. He died at Menton three months later. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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I received this book for free from Attic Books a division New Leaf Publshing and in return I am sharing my honest opinion in the above review.
This book by Charles H. Spurgeon, like so much of his other writing, illustrates his knowledge of the Gospel and how it worked. The topics he uses and illustrates with such graphic word pictures prepare the reader for what he will need to think about and to act upon to have salvation. It is the fundamental concepts of how the seeker is moved to the correct answers and actions. Spurgeon handles the inquiring mind with gentleness but yet sound strength as he helps the seeker to move from question to question and finally to action. The result is precise and clear-cut. The author is very adept at explanations that even many unschooled readers would understand.
The author's purpose in Advice for Seekers is to take the reader from intuitive question to intuitive question and guide them to those answers that are given in scripture. He intends to convince the seeker that all reasonable questions have been answered. "When thou shalt be brought to come empty-handed, made willing to accept a free and full salvation from the hand of the Crucified, then and then only, shalt thou be saved. `There is life for a look at the Crucified One.'" With this admonition, Spurgeon leaves no doubt that the reader should move on from questions to action. His words that explain what faith is are clear and decisive. He shows the reader that faith is acting upon what he knows is truth. To act upon the truth of faith is to have that goal the seeder desires - eternal life.
Charles H. Spurgeon never attended seminary or college yet he was one of the most productive and well-known preachers of the 19th Century. Extremely intelligent, he led his class at examination time. A prolific teacher, his sermons are contained in 63 volumes dedicated to his work. One of his most powerful books for any believer, teacher or preacher is The Power of Prayer in a Believer's Life. It was said of Spurgeon that he practiced what he preached. In the basement of his church, intercessors were constantly interceding for the church. He said "here is the powerhouse of this church." He fully understood that the power of the Gospel came by immersion in prayer. This focus was what motivated his messages.
In this work by Spurgeon, Advice for Seekers, he has with focused attention presented the steps that any person wanting to know God or know more about him needs. Even written as it is in the language of that day, the reader can still come away with the step-by-step process to finding answers one has about salvation. The only improvement might be that it be rewritten in a form similar to the Good News Bible for younger generations of modern readers. Spurgeon's wisdom is amply evident in what he has written.
If the modern reader of today would only give ample time and attention to the words of Spurgeon in Advice for Seekers, many of the senseless actions of our modern generation could be avoided. This volume will be added to my own collection of works by such greats as Spurgeon and Moody. It is the foolish pastor of a church in this day and age that sees little or no value to the work of this great man. It is a must have book for today's believer. It deserves a five star rating, but I give it four and a half only because some of today's younger generations would have difficulty in the language used and which was common in the late 1800's. "Thee's, thou's, shouldst and comest" are uncommon words of our present day. However, despite such nuances, the seeker will still find all that he needs to meet Jesus!
He begins where we most err-this delusional idea that we can save ourselves. He says:
The self-righteous man knows that what he is doing cannot satisfy God, for it cannot satisfy himself; and though he may perhaps drug his conscience, there is generally enough left of the divine element within the man to make him feel and know that it is not satisfactory.
We know he is dead on no matter what we would like to believe. It is such a dead-end road that we must turn toward Christ.
He spoke too of the best healing available in Christ:
Jesus can heal you of your pride; he can deliver you from anger; he can cure you of sluggishness, he can purge you from envy, from lasciviousness, from malice, from gluttonly, from every form of spiritual malady.
How's that for putting the "good" back in the good news of the Gospel?
While he could write with devastating accuracy about our sinful hearts, he could also write with such beauty on the love of Jesus. O how Christ wants to save us despite all we have done. In later chapters he writes of Jesus as one who says "Come"!
This book is from the 1800s, so of course it is the language and punctuation of that day, but I suspect you will be little at a loss. Whether you are a seeker yourself, or one who works with seekers, you will find this book, as with any Spurgeon title, a real treasure.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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