Booknotes – February 2019

Spurgeon in the Spotlight

This month’s Booknotes features works related to Charles Spurgeon.

Review – Susie – The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon
Reviewed by Suzanne Hall

I had recently heard of “Susie – The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon” by Ray Rhodes, Jr. on the podcast, “Mortification of Spin,” when I discovered it was already in our church library. I knew very little about Charles Spurgeon and even less about his wife.  Susie endured a great deal of “seasons” throughout her life – adventurous traveler and hiker, happy wife, mother of twins, victim of ill health for much of her life, author, widow, supporter of poor pastors and their families, grandmother, and even church planter. In all her varied circumstance, she always found reason to praise and trust God. Therefore, I think her life can inspire people in many different stages of life. This biography is interesting and well written, including quotes and excerpts form letters. This book is worthwhile and an enjoyable read. It has piqued my interest to learn more about the Spurgeons and other heroes of the faith.

Note from the library: We have a large collection of Charles Spurgeon material on the Spurgeon shelf in the History, several books about him in Biography, and his commentary on Psalms in the Old Testament section in the Annex.

New additions and books of note this month:

Steal Away Home by Matt Carter. This historical fiction highlights stories of Spurgeon and the American slave Thomas Johnson.

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearcy, recently reviewed in New Horizons by OPC Pastor Charles B. Williams.

Them: Why We Hate Each Other  – and How to Heal by Senator Ben Sasse.

The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Tehology of the Dwelling Place of God by G.K. Beale (part of the New Studies in Biblical Theology series.)

The Virgin Birth of Christ by J. Gresham Machen