Charles H. Spurgeon: Recommended Resources
Books by and about Spurgeon are numerous, so only a select list can be offered here. Unless otherwise indicated, all books by Spurgeon were originally published in London by Passmore and Alabaster and are now available through Pilgrim Publications.
The New Park Street Pulpit and Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, years 1855–1917, volumes 1–63. Spurgeon’s sermons, the longest continuous weekly sermon publication in history. (Sermons published after his death were previously unpublished evening messages.)
The Treasury of David. A seven—volume commentary on the Psalms, regarded as Spurgeon’s greatest written work.
The Sword and the Trowel magazine, years 1865–1892. The monthly magazine edited by Spurgeon, containing miscellaneous writings, sermons, editorials, book reviews, and letters.
Lectures to My Students. Four volumes (some modern reprintings include only two of the four) of Spurgeon’s addresses to students in his Pastors’ College. Mrs. Spurgeon inaugurated her book fund by distributing free copies of these books to needy pastors.
All of Grace. Spurgeon’s most famous book, which deals with the theme of salvation. The first book published by D. L. Moody’s Bible Institute Colportage Association, it remains Moody Press’s all-time best—seller.
Morning by Morning, Evening by Evening, and Cheque—book of the Bank of Faith. Each book offers daily devotional reading. The first two have often been combined into one volume.
C. H. Spurgeon’s Prayers. Published posthumously, a collection of prayers from services in the Tabernacle.
John Ploughman’s Talk and John Ploughman’s Pictures. Homespun wisdom from a mythical farmer. Two of Spurgeon’s most popular works.
The Greatest Fight in the World. Known as Spurgeon’s “final manifesto,” this message was delivered at his last pastors’ conference. in 1891.
C. H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography, Compiled from his Diary, Letters, and Records by his Wife and his Private Secretary, 4 vols. (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1897–1900). Profuse with photographs and engravings, this is the best single source on Spurgeon’s life. An abridged edition in two volumes (The Early Years and The Mature Harvest) is now available from The Banner of Truth Trust (Carlisle, PA, or Edinburgh, Scotland).
The Life and Work of C. H. Spurgeon by G. Holden Pike (London: Cassell and Company, 1892). by a close friend who served as ’sub—editor” of The Sword and the Trowel the last twenty years of Spurgeon’s life.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, A Biography by W. Y. Fullerton (London: Williams and Norgate, 1920; now Moody Press, 1980). The author was one of Spurgeon’s students who later assisted in preparing Spurgeon’s sermon manuscripts for publication.
From the Usher’s Desk to the Tabernacle Pulpit by Robert Shindler (New York: A. C. Armstrong and Son, 1892). by the friend whose articles launched the “Down—Grade Controversy.”
The Life of C. H. Spurgeon by Charles Ray (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1903). Also, A Marvellous Ministry by Charles Ray (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1905; Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim, 1985). Records interesting stories about the influence of Spurgeon’s printed sermons.
Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the World’s Greatest Preacher by Russell Conwell (New York: Edgewood Publication, 1892). At the time, the most popular biography of Spurgeon.
Searchlight on Spurgeon by Eric W. Hayden (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim, 1973). Quotations from Spurgeon’s sermons are used to create an “autobiography.”
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