Admittedly, I haven't read through this commentary completely yet but I'm working on it. I love Spurgeon and was thrilled to find this commentary! I study my Bible nightly and I often use various commentaries to help me glean the in-depth meaning of a verse, so I'm very familiar with the different commentaries. My favorites are Barnes (to the point and a great asset to any Bible scholar or layman), Matthew-Henry (not my favorite to read but the best if I really want to dissect a verse since it gives all the background information on the author, the readers, the region... not light reading) and the more rare commentary, Dr. Oliver Greene (far less detailed than Matthew-Henry but brings the Bible to life in my life).
These Spurgeon commentaries are different. They weren't written as commentaries but, instead, were compiled from his sermons. So if you look up the verse 1 Peter 1:3 it lists all the quotes from Spurgeon's sermons about this verse. So this commentary doesn't always explain the verse but, instead, gives you a hard-hitting quote from Spurgeon about the verse. It might not explain the verse at all but, if you're familiar with Spurgeon, his statement will still bring life to the verse. I like the commentary for what it is and as I'm studying a verse and go through all my other favorite commentaries, I always end by reading what Spurgeon has to say. Of course, Spurgeon never got around to discussing every verse of the Bible in his sermons so this "commentary" doesn't contain quotes from every verse. Sometimes he mentions a verse in various sermons so it's arranged rather erratically. Firstly, you look up the book and chapter you're interested in so you can look up 1 Peter 1 (I use that example because that's what I'm currently studying). There you'll find all Spurgeon's quotes from 1 Peter 1 arranged according to the sermon it was found in. So, in one sermon he might have preached on 1 Peter 1:3, 1 Peter 1:6, 1 Peter 1:10 and you'll find them there not in the order they were in the sermon but according to their verse number. Then they'll be a couple spaces skipped and it will start another sermon where he may have preached on 1 Peter 1:2, 1 Peter 1:3 (again), 1 Peter 1:16.... When I first started using this commentary I hadn't realized this and had only read the verses from the first sermon. I happened to scroll down a week later and realized this peculiar set up. I do wish it would tell which sermon each of these verses came from since all Spurgeon's sermons are available online. It would have been nice to be able to look the quotation within the sermon itself sometimes.
Because I don't really think of this as a commentary I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. But I love Spurgeon and as I study a verse and check to see what all my favorite commentaries say about it, I always end by checking this Spurgeon "commentary". It might not always add to my understanding of a verse but it often gives me a "wow" moment as I can share Spurgeon's reaction on how the verse affected him.
I recommend the commentary.