Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon

Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon


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The definitive biography of Susannah Spurgeon.

While many Christians recognize the name of Charles H. Spurgeon, the beloved preacher and writer, few are familiar with the life and legacy of his wife, Susie.  Yet Susannah Spurgeon was an accomplished and devout woman of God who had a tremendous ministry in her own right, as well as in support of her husband. Even while dealing with serious health issues, she administered a book fund for poor pastors, edited and published her husband’s sermons and other writings, led a pastor’s aid ministry, wrote five books, made her home a hub of hospitality, and was instrumental in planting a church. And as her own writing attests, she was also a warm, charming, and fascinating woman.

Now, for the first time, Susie brings this vibrant woman’s story to modern readers. Ray Rhodes Jr. examines Susannah’s life, showing that she was not only the wife of London’s most famous preacher, but also a woman who gave all she had in grateful service to the Lord.

Susie is an inspiring and encouraging account of a truly remarkable woman of faith that will delight Spurgeon devotees and fans of Christian biographies alike.

“I am writing in my husband’s study, where he thought, and prayed, and wrote. Every inch of the place is sacred ground. Everything remains precisely as he left it. His books (now my most precious possessions), stand in shining rows upon the shelves, in exactly the order in which he placed them, and one might almost fancy the room was ready and waiting for its master. But oh! That empty chair! That great portrait over the door! The strange, solemn silence, which pervades the place now that he is no longer on earth! I kneel sometimes by his chair, and laying my head on the cushioned arms, which so long supported his dear form, I pour out my grief before the Lord, and tell Him again that though I am left alone, yet I know that ‘He hath done all things well’…”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802418340
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 462,643
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

RAY RHODES, JR. serves as founding pastor of Grace Community Church of Dawsonville, GA and as president of Nourished in the Word Ministries. He has served four congregations over three decades of pastoral ministry and for fifteen years, he has led Nourished in the Word. Ray has published several books and holds theological degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He is married to Lori and they are blessed with six daughters and four grandchildren. Ray has long been a Spurgeon enthusiast, and his doctoral thesis focused on the marriage and spirituality of Charles and Susannah Spurgeon.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Timeline 15

Susie, Herself: An Introduction 23

Chapter 1 Formation and Family 29

Chapter 2 A Progressing Pilgrim 45

Chapter 3 Hearts United at the Crystal Palace 55

Chapter 4 A Marriage Made for Heaven 75

Chapter 5 The New Parents 87

Chapter 6 The Shadow of Sorrow: Tragedy and Faith 99

Chapter 7 Hand in Hand at Home and Abroad 113

Chapter 8 The Great Sufferer 123

Chapter 9 Mrs. Spurgeon's Book Fund 139

Chapter 10 The Move to Westwood: The Book Fund Continues 153

Chapter 11 Mentone: Happiness and a Sad Goodbye 165

Chapter 12 With Christ, Which Is Far Better 181

Chapter 13 A Lady of Letters 187

Chapter 14 Planting a Final Seed 203

Chapter 15 Seeing the King and His Glory 219

Epilogue: The Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon 237

Afterword 255

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 263

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