At the age of 17, Spurgeon became pastor to a handful of believers at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, meeting in what had been a dovecote. Within five years, he had become the best-known minister in London. Two years later, following the Sepoy Mutiny, he conducted a service of national humiliation in the Crystal Palace that was attended by 24,000 people.
But this volume is far from being a record of human fame and success. From his first years of childhood in rural Essex to the first years of revival in London, Spurgeon pours out his story with an enthralling fullness and color that emphasizes the center and passion of his life. Whatever Spurgeon did, he did it for Christ - and therefore even his autobiography leads our eyes from his own works of service to the Savior behind them.
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- Bradley McKenzie
Full of wit, wisdom, and warmth
The life of C.H. Spurgeon will no more be to everyone's liking now that he has gone to his reward than it was while he was earning it. For me, however, his autobiography has been a prolonged occasion of worship - no, not of a man, but of the man's Lord. What deep conviction and glorious salvation our risen and ascended Lord has bestowed, what singular giftedness, yet what utter death to self.