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The Promises of God: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on the English Standard Version Hardcover – June 30, 2019
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Charles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892) was an English Baptist pastor at New Park Street Chapel, London (which later became the Metropolitan Tabernacle), for thirty-eight years. As the nineteenth century's most prolific preacher and writer, his ministry legacy continues today.
Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is a faculty member of Crosslands and a pastor with Grace Church, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. He is an author or coauthor of over forty books, including A Meal with Jesus; Reforming Joy; and, with Michael Reeves, Why the Reformation Still Matters.
- Publisher : Crossway; Revised, Updated edition (June 30, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 143356324X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433563249
- Item Weight : 1.54 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.38 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #49,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By T. Ishikawa on July 9, 2019
Later in his life, Spurgeon became embroiled in conflict with others in his denomination over the inerrancy of Scripture, and he took a bold stand for orthodoxy. The personal attacks he endured were very taxing on him, and his wife believed the trial directly contributed to his untimely death. Out of that trial, however, he produced a book: Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith. It was a daily devotional on the promises of God. Now, Crossway has republished the book with updated language and a new title: The Promises of God.
Victorian English can be beautiful, but it can also be difficult to follow for modern readers. Tim Chester, the man behind the project, had made Spurgeon’s devotional accessible to a wider audience, and for that I am grateful. Spurgeon’s work and words have stood the test of time, and they still minister to people today. I wish I had grabbed a physical copy of the book because the hardcover looks great.
I recommend pretty much anything that came from Spurgeon’s pen. A devotional like this is a great acquainted with his writing and experience the blessing that comes from reading it.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Each day's devotion started with a verse or two from the Bible, then Spurgeon gave a mini-sermon on that verse--what the verse means for us and how we live. I read an ebook version, but it looked like each day was only a page or two long. I enjoyed reading Spurgeon's insights and thoughts about the selected verses.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Partnered with Tim Chester, Crossway has released an updated and enriched version of this book for readers under a new title, The Promises of God. The book is written as a short daily devotional, much like the well-known Morning and Evening. Aside from a title change, Chester’s updates are meant to preserve the original significance, but he has undertaken edits to update the language used to modern English, which also includes changes and shortenings to words and sentences. He has also updated the Scriptures to reflect the English Standard Version. The most appreciated addition is the inclusion of Bible references. The result is another meaningful devotional in the repertoire of the Christian life.
If one knows Spurgeon, they will not find any surprises in The Promises of God. The book is a great encouragement to the struggling Christian by highlighting God’s character and causing the reader to see how, why, and when God can be relied upon. This is especially realized in Spurgeon’s grasp and use of future promises in the past tense, meaning those promises in Scripture that will not be completed until the future but are spoken of in the past tense because of the trust that God has already ordained it to be. Related to that is Spurgeon’s ability to capture what should be the heart of a believer. This comes across in a discussion about a parent’s relationship with his/her child, comparing it to Abraham and Isaac, fearing for one’s child not merely because of the physical life but because of the spiritual life and not having the Spirit of God.
One of the struggles with Spurgeon is sometimes his usage of the Old Testament passages and promises meant for Israel in relationship to the people of today and this book follows that same pattern or there are times in which more meaning is put on Scripture than should be (such as interpreting Acts 1:8 as a command). These are not major concerns. One of the most difficult aspects with this particular book is Spurgeon’s propagation of a quid pro quo relationship with God. During several of the devotions, especially early on in January and February Spurgeon asserts that those who do/give/act will receive an extra blessing from God. While Scripture is utilized at times to verify the truth of this, there are moments when it is taken a bit too far in which God is almost obligated to give in response to what we do.
If you are familiar with Spurgeon, this book follows his typical pattern. It comes with the same concerns and same blessings that other Spurgeon writings come with. Personally, my opinion is Morning and Evening is a better devotional of the two. Yet, this one will certainly be encouraging for believers and is a worthwhile read.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no cost to me for the purposes of review. However, my review was not influenced by the author, publisher, or anyone else associated with this book and is the result of my own reading of it.