Living by Revealed Truth
The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Tom Nettles has spent more than 15 years working on this biography of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the famous 19th century preacher and writer. It covers his life, ministry and also his theology. He draws on material from The Sword and Trowel, the magazine of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, where C H Spurgeon ministered.
“While numerous biographies of Spurgeon have been published over the decades, Spurgeon’s thought normally receives short shrift from his biographers. This is why this new biography is so important. By focusing on Spurgeon’s memoirs and published articles, Tom Nettles has filled an important gap in scholarship related to Spurgeon with this exhaustive intellectual biography of the Prince of Preachers. Many pastors and other casual readers will be encouraged by Spurgeon’s commitment to a high view of Scripture and historic Baptist orthodoxy from a Reformed perspective. Scholars will be forced to reckon with Spurgeon the theologian as they pursue their own studies of the famed Victorian pastor.” — Nathan A. Finn, Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
“What Nettles makes plain is that for Spurgeon, all theology is pastoral theology. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It should be widely distributed by all who love the gospel of God’s grace that Spurgeon preached. Every pastor, ministerial student and those who work to train men for the ministry should carefully learn from the life and labors of Charles Haddon Spurgeon as Tom Nettles elucidates them. Nearly everyone who knows of Spurgeon admires him for his great accomplishments. Nettles helps us understand the theological underpinnings of those accomplishments. In doing so, the author, like his subject, has served the church well.” — Tom Ascol, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, Florida
“Readers are inspired to holiness of life, faithfulness in Christ’s service, and perseverance in godliness by the moving account of this great Victorian evangelist who held and maintained through his preaching and pastoral ministry endeavors the great truths generally known as “the doctrines of grace.” — C. Berry Driver, Jr., Associate Vice President of Academic Resources, Librarian and Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
“Fresh and unique, this book will be enjoyable to laymen, profitable to pastors, and indispensable for scholars. Nettles’ volume now takes an honored place among the most valuable of all resources pertaining to the Prince of Preachers.” — Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
About the Author
Thomas J. Nettles is Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.