It’s not too often that you find a book in which you can gain so much insight from a person you’ve never met. Yes, we can read a biography. Yes, we can find sermons from great preachers of the past. But, it’s rare to get so close to someone who lived 150 years before you.
Dr. Christian George has taken the study of historical theology to another level with his newest volumes ‘The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon.’ In this series, George doesn’t simply take us into the earlier sermons of Spurgeon, but he takes us into the pages of Spurgeon’s notebooks. I absolutely love the covers of the books – how they match the particular notebook covered in the pages. And then, just when you think you’re simply getting sermons, just when you think you are simply looking at pictures of pages, Christian George helps you understand Spurgeon’s use of particular words and his word counts. It is almost as if you can get into the mind of the late Charles Spurgeon and speak to Spurgeon himself.
One of the more helpful aspects of this volume is that you get to see Spurgeon’s handwriting and you can read the writing. There is no doubt that many would prize a notebook of Spurgeon’s, but Christian George helps us ‘use’ the notebooks. Spurgeon, no doubt, had a style of writing that makes even the best readers stop and stare, and this volume puts everything plain for the readers of any generation.
If I were to rate this volume by its faithfulness, I would give it a 10/10. Its ‘cutting edge’ approach to historical study? 10/10. Its lasting effect on the topics of preaching and history? 12/10. This is a volume that demands to be bought and read, and passed down to future generations of faithful Christians.