A few months ago I heard about an upcoming book from Moody Publishers, a biography on Susie Spurgeon, the wife of Charles Spurgeon. Naturally, I was excited as that sounded exactly like the kind of thing I should be reading and talking about. I went on Amazon and set up a preorder, and then, on a whim, sent off a note through the book’s website to see if I might get to talk with the author for the podcast.
Not only were they able to arrange an interview with the author, Ray Rhodes Jr., but they were also gracious enough to send me a review copy to read ahead of time and prepare. I wound up absolutely loving the book, and still purchasing another copy to give to my mom.
This book is a detailed and well-resourced biography, but it is also a devotional in the life of someone who knew a great deal of both joy and sadness, success and suffering, and who walked through all of it by God’s grace through faith. The book is wonderfully detailed both with lots of notes referring to other sources for the interested researcher, as well as many pictures of locations and people surrounding the Spurgeons and their work to minister to the heart of the city.
Chronological, but not strictly so, the book focuses on different threads of events within a particular issue in particular chapters, rather than trying to be strictly chronological. This makes it a little easier to understand how different events work together, as the author revisits where one event started to talk about how another one began.
I can’t recommend this book enough, and if you are looking for a gift for someone who enjoys reading, this is a wonderful choice. You can follow the link below to an Amazon page to order, but of course there are many sources you can purchase this book from: Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon at Amazon.com.