I am somewhat of a Spurgeon fan-boy from a distance. Let me just go ahead and get that out of the way. I don’t agree with all of his theology, but anyone who says Charles Spurgeon didn’t know what he was doing in the act of preaching/ministry or anyone who thinks he wasn’t one of the best Bible thinkers of history just needs to go sit in a corner.
My level of respect and love of Spurgeon notes, let me honestly say that if you are looking for a good study Bible that will bring out reverence for the Word of God, helps in time of depression, or insights into the sacred text that will give light to the heart of Spurgeon himself, the Spurgeon Study Bible is where it’s at! Along those same lines, it’s important to understand that this study Bible isn’t a “study Bible” in the truest since of the phrase. It is more of a look at the text through the eyes of the “Prince of Preachers”.
I have the hardback and leathertouch versions and the hardback is really my favorite. This claymore of a Sword isn’t something I’d carry around with me all day. It’s a sit on the desk and dig deep type of resource IMO.
Probably one of the coolest things about the SSB is its inclusion of the handwritten notes of Spurgeon. On almost every page you will find what feels like a marginal note written in his own handwriting. Not to mention that Col. 1 of the Lost Sermons of CH Spurgeon is included along with facsimiles of the actual notebook pages where Spurgeon wrote the sermon in his famed notebooks (you can even get a leathertouch binding with marbling like his original notebook covers).
Honestly, even if you aren’t a huge fan of Spurgeon and the doctrinal problems in his beliefs turn you off to him, this study Bible is an amazing resource to have on your shelf!