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Spurgeon: A New Biography by Arnold Dallimore

He devoted himself to one overwhelming task—the declaration of the life-transforming message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Spurgeon - A New Biography Although I grew up in a Christian home, I didn’t grow up knowing Christian history post-70 AD.

So in my adulthood, I’ve been enthralled to discover the lives of great Christian men and women from the more recent centuries.

Charles Spurgeon is one such believer that I wish I’d known earlier.

Along with the group at, I’m now reading Spurgeon: A New Biography by Arnold Dallimore (although it’s not so new anymore, copyright 1985) to learn more about this great man of faith who lived and died in the 1800’s.

Chapter 1: The Boy and the Books

The interest Charles had begun to take in Foxe and Bunyan and other such writers while at his grandfather’s was enlarged during the hours he now spent in his father’s study. He became acquainted with several of the great Puritan authors and familiarized himself with their doctrinal convictions.

Chapter 2: Through Terrible Conviction to Glorious Conversion

From Spurgeon, c. 1890, Autobiography:

Too many think lightly of sin, and therefore think lightly of the Saviour. He who has stood before his God, convicted and condemned, with the rope about his neck, is the man to weep for joy when he is pardoned, to hate the evil which has been given him, and to live to the honour of the Redeemer by whose blood he has been cleansed.

The story of his conversion:

I saw at once the way of salvation. I know not what else he said—I did not take much notice of it—I was so possessed with that one thought [look to Jesus Christ. Look! Look! Look!]. . . .I had been waiting to do fifty things, but when I heard that word, “Look!” what a charming word it seemed to me. Oh! I looked until I could almost have looked my eyes away.

I’m already inspired to do more “looking” at Jesus in my own life because of Spurgeon’s story. I hope other faithful believers inspire you to greater faith as well!

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Next week:
Chapter 3: Joyful First Efforts in Serving the Lord
Chapter 4: The Boy Preacher of Waterbeach

Comments from other readers at Challies


Becky@ Daily On My Way To Heaven said...

Dear Lisa, I am reading along but I am not blogging about it because I will be out of my country all August..and it will be kind of difficult to keep up with the series fro another continent!

I am leaving my comments at Challies.

Much love and happy reading!

Lisa notes... said...

I'm glad we'll be reading together again. I'll be checking in at Challies to read your thoughts.

Mike B,
Thanks for the link. I'll check it out for more Spurgeon gems.

Brenda said...

My husband loves Spurgeon, I'll have to look this one up

Camille said...

Oh I couldn't help but be excited that you have discovered Spurgeon! We *love* him!! If you don't already have it I would HIGHLY recommend his "Morning and Evening" devotional book...SOOOOO wonderful and applicable to today even though it was written over 100 years ago. You can find it at Christian Book price and service anywhere. Just google it.



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