Spurgeon: A Biography
Fresh from the pen of Arnold Dallimore (biographer of the famous 2 volume George Whitefield biography), many consider this the best work ever written on the life of Spurgeon. Not in any way tedious, as historical books can be, but thorough in its coverage of this great preacher’s life.
It tells the honest story of Spurgeon’s struggles, trials, even bad habits. Depression was no stranger to this man of God either, while being the most useful pastor that England ever saw.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) is a name with which every Christian should be familiar. His ministry reached far beyond his London congregation. Not a man to water down his message to attract hearers, his doctrinally rich sermons – as preached and published – provide the meat of biblical Christianity to rich and poor alike.
Spurgeon’s was a life of purpose. He was a man of prayer, but also of intense and varied activity – a man who had a keen social concern, as well as a desire to see churches planted and young men trained for the gospel ministry.
He was humble and warm-spirited, a man who even in times of suffering pointed people to Jesus Christ. His resolute stand for the authority of the Bible in an age of compromise makes him an example for today’s church.
Arnold Dallimore’s concise and sympathetic biography will be an excellent introduction for those who know little or perhaps nothing of Spurgeon, and will also stir the interest of all who value the lessons of a unique and faithful ministry.
About the Author
Arnold A. Dallimore (1911-1998) was born in Canada of British parents. He was pastor of the Baptist Church at Cottam, Ontario, for almost twenty-four years. During his studies at Central Baptist Seminary, Toronto, he was awakened to a life-long interest in the great evangelist George Whitefield, whose biography he was to write (2 volumes, published by the Trust). He also wrote biographies of Edward Irving, the forerunner of the charismatic movement, Susannah Wesley and C. H. Spurgeon, whose preaching at the Metropolitan Tabernacle was frequently attended by his maternal grandfather and his mother (as a small child).
Table of Contents
|Conditions in England During Spurgeon’s Time|
|The Preparation of The Man, 1834–1854|
|1||The Boy and the Books||3|
|2||Through Terrible Conviction to Glorious Conversion||15|
|3||Joyful First Efforts in Serving the Lord||23|
|4||The Boy Preacher of Waterbeach||31|
|The First Years in London, 1855–1864|
|5||‘A Great Door and Effectual is Opened’||43|
|6||Spurgeon’s Marriage—This One Truly Made in Heaven||55|
|8||Revival in London||77|
|The Long Period of Mature Ministry, 1861–1886|
|9||The Metropolitan Tabernacle||91|
|10||Training Young Preachers||101|
|11||The Growth of the Spurgeonic Enterprises||111|
|12||Almshouses and Orphanage||125|
|13||Sunshine and Shadow||133|
|14||Mrs Spurgeon and Her Work||145|
|15||Daily Life in the Great Church||153|
|16||Ten Years of Mighty Ministry||163|
|18||Spurgeon as an Author||191|
|The Final Years, 1887–1892|
|19||Earnestly Contending for the Faith||205|
|21||‘With Christ, Which Is Far Better’||235|
|Appendix: Subsequent History of the Metropolitan Tabernacle||245|