The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon
While many Christians know the name of Charles H. Spurgeon, beloved preacher and writer, few are familiar with his wife, Susie. Yet Susannah Spurgeon was an accomplished and devout woman of God with a tremendous ministry in her own right. Besides laboring faithfully alongside her husband, Susannah administered a book fund for poor pastors. She edited and published her husband’s sermons and writings and wrote five books of her own! Susie led a pastor’s aid ministry, made her home a hub of hospitality, and was instrumental in planting a church. All this while dealing with serious health issues. Her own writing attests to the truth that she was a warm, charming, and fascinating woman.
Now, for the first time, Susie brings this vibrant woman’s story to modern readers. Ray Rhodes Jr. examines Susannah’s life, showing that she was not only the wife of London’s most famous preacher, but also a woman who gave all she had in grateful service to the Lord.
Susie is an inspiring and encouraging account of a truly remarkable woman of faith that will delight Spurgeon devotees and fans of Christian biographies alike.
From Susie’s own Pen:
“I am writing in my husband’s study, where he thought, and prayed, and wrote. Every inch of the place is sacred ground. Everything remains precisely as he left it. His books (now my most precious possessions), stand in shining rows upon the shelves, in exactly the order in which he placed them, and one might almost fancy the room was ready and waiting for its master. But oh! That empty chair! That great portrait over the door! The strange, solemn silence, which pervades the place now that he is no longer on earth! I kneel sometimes by his chair, and laying my head on the cushioned arms, which so long supported his dear form, I pour out my grief before the Lord, and tell Him again that though I am left alone, yet I know that ’He hath done all things well.’
About the Author
Ray Rhodes Jr. is the founding pastor of Grace Community Church of Dawsonville, GA and president of Nourished in the Word Ministries. He has served four congregations in over 30 years of pastoral ministry and. Ray is the author of several books and holds theological degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He is married to Lori and they are blessed with six daughters and three grandchildren. Ray has long been a Spurgeon enthusiast, and his doctoral thesis focused on the marriage and spirituality of Charles and Susanna Spurgeon.