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Spurgeon: A New Biography [Paperback]

Arnold Dallimore
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Banner of Truth Trust (Sep 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851514510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851514512
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good, concise and very readable biography. 12 Aug 2006
Arnold Dallimore has written an excellent biography on the nineteenth century baptist preacher. He has obviously researched his subject well, and the book begins with an interesting description of life in nineteenth century England and the circumstances that Spurgeon was born into.

We are told of Spurgeon's upbringing and his conversion in the small methodist church in Colchester. As his ministry begins and progresses, we get insights into the making of Spurgeon and some of his achievements. We can also get an idea of his preaching at the Metropolitan Tabernacle at London, and the effect it had on so many.

Spurgeon's struggles in later life, both with health and the 'Down-Grade Contreversy' are also looked at. The book then ends with an interesting appendix detailing the history of the Metropolitan Tabernacle after Spurgeon's death. This would make an interesting study on its own!

It's an excellent biography, which is much more condensed than the two-volume autobiography, and yet still so full of information. As you read, you will long, that God would do in the present day, what he did then, and that more preachers like Spurgeon would be raised up. If you only want to read one book about Spurgeon, then I would certainly suggest this one. However, if you want a bit more, get Iain Murray's excellent 'The Forgotten Spurgeon.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un-Put-Down-Able! 24 Jan 2011
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I got this book for Christmas because I needed to read it for an essay for Bible college. It is really good. I was honestly not expecting it to be so inspiring, because I have read very few biographies about Christians. But this biography has made me want to read others and to glean great encouragement from the lives of my fellow heirs with Christ.

This one, written by Dallimore, is very well-balanced. Dallimore has sought to be an accurate scholar concerning the man he is writing about. Thus, he reveals Spurgeon's true greatness and many, many strengths, and he does not hide Spurgeon's (few) weaknesses either. It is written very simply and a decent reader can plough through it easily enough. It is paragraphed frequently, so that you can read a little bit here and there.

In what seemed to me like only a few pages, this is a great introductory study of the life of C. H. Spurgeon. I feel like I know him better now. And since my passion is also pastoral ministry, this was one man I could not afford to bypass in my studies. I am very grateful for his life and for this documentary on his life, especially with respect to his preaching. His devotional life was a massive encouragement.

It is also an eye-opener concerning the times in which Spurgeon lived.

I'll finish with a little tiny quote which I wrote myself as I was reading this remarkable book:

"Preacher/Pastor: This is the man you need to study! Both his life, and the doctrine he believed in - closely!"

10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction 13 Jun 2010
I used to dislike Charles Spurgeon. The reason was very simple. I met the people who liked him. Spurgeonolators simply cannot be reasoned with. These people, Calvinists to a man, see Spurgeon's era as the last great era in church history, never to be repeated. They see Spurgeon's word as the last word on any subject - whatever scripture says...

Then one day I decided to give him a chance. I read his book, `Lectures to my Students'. Do you know what? It was good!

Then I read this book. Once again, I was impressed!

This book is a short, very readable introduction to the Baptist preacher - good for people like me.

I am not a Calvinist. But I really like Charles Spurgeon. He is a man of real passion, fervour for the Lord, energy, humanity, warmth and natural genius. Not only was he a great pulpit preacher. He ran an orphanage, an almshouse for the elderly, a pastors college and presided over an explosion of evangelism throughout London and the UK. For example, his colporteur scheme saw literally millions of homes visited through the UK selling Bibles and Christian literature, hundreds of trained pastors emerged to lead churches or plant new ones, scores of people from his church went out to preach in the open air every Sunday. His sermons were printed and sent all over the world and large numbers of organisations met in his church premises at the Metropolitan Tabernacle.

A few pieces of information caught my attention. He initially made himself unpopular with many Americans through his strong opposition to slavery. He never went to the States, even though he was often invited there. For much of his life he was a cigar smoker and a drinker of beer, wine and brandy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview of a Godly Man 18 Jun 2013
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I have heard much about the great man that was Spurgeon, but have always been put off by the amount of material written on him! Not knowing where to start.

Dallimore provides an excellent overview of his life, that is both inspiring and challenging. He lived a fascinating life, that all Christians would benefit from reading about.

If you are looking for a short and accessible introduction to Charles Spurgeon then don't hesitate to read this book.
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