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I know, I know … you’re probably thinking …. how great of you to finally show up! I admit, life has been a bit crazy lately. I am ready, however, to interrupt this radio silence and tell you about a biographical book of Susannah Spurgeon that I absolutely loved!
Before I dive into the review, I’d like to take a moment and express my gratitude to Moody Publishers for gifting me a free copy of the book. As always, all opinions are mine.
Name: Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon
Author: Ray Rhodes Jr.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publishing Date: September 2018
Susie is a well written, complete biography filled with historical records, personal writings from the Spurgeons and wonderful testimonies from their family and friends. Ray is a great storyteller, the hardcover book is beautiful, and the photos are great!
Susannah accomplished much in her earthly life in addition to being the wife of the Prince of Preachers. She was an author, she started a book fund for pastors, planted a church, was a student of the Word, hiked the Swiss Alps, was the mother of twin boys, content in the shadow of her husband, served Christ faithfully, loved the Gospel and provided a warm, loving home that was filled with prayer.
Susie’s life reminded me that every day is a gift and all is given by grace. God is good and faithful always. Suffering is part of our earthly life, and the hope is we will respond with faith and trust in our God with hearts that are joy-filled and thankful. Her story reminds women of the importance of being a supportive and encouraging wife to their husbands. Sussanah desired to be an excellent helper to him and not hinder the work of the Lord in his life but help flourish it in any way she could.
The book was edifying and challenging. You will be blessed by it, and if you enjoy Charles Spurgeon, it will give you a better picture of who he was through the words and life of his wife. Charles would not be Charles without Susannah.
Besides Susannah Spurgeon, I have been reading a ton of missionary books — especially ones written by Elisabeth Elliot. You can be sure one or more books will be reviewed here in the near future! In the meantime, you can browse some of my other book reviews right here. What are some of your favourite missionary biographies?