`Steal Away Home` is a Christian Living book about Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson by authors Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey. Thomas Johnson was a former slave that had been trained at Spurgeon’s college in England and commissioned by Spurgeon as a missionary to Africa. The authors are quick to note that this book is not a biography or a history book, but a story based on real life events that occurred in history. Many of the word-for-word quotations are from Spurgeon’s or Johnson’s own writing.
Young Charles Spurgeon enjoyed visiting his grandfather staying for long visits to read the books his grandfather owned. He also enjoyed the outdoors where he saw beauty in everything the Creator made. Charles’ grandfather played a big role in Charles becoming a famous preacher. His knees had callou7ses from kneeling in prayer, damaged eyesight from years of reading scripture, and his heart groaned for the Spirit of God to save souls.
I learned that Spurgeon began preaching at the age of 19. He was well advanced in wisdom for his age. This came from many hours of reading books including the Bible. I thought it was interesting that the more criticism Charles received the more people filled his pews. He also suffered from depression (see page #82).
My favorite part of the book was when Thomas became free in Jesus and he was no longer a slave to the devil. Even though he was a slave to man he no longer saw himself as one. Jesus gave him compassion for those doing evil.
My favorite quote from the whole book was when Charles said, “My friends, there is a terrible day coming when the terror and alarm of this evening shall be nothing. My friends! Even if you are the chief of sinners, believe that Christ died for you, and you shall be saved Do you not know that you are lost and ruined and that none but Jesus can do you any good? Jesus can heal you, and He will if you only trust Him.”
I chose this book as a way to learn more about Spurgeon. Since I don’t understand his speeches I felt this book would shine a light on him and his belief’s, and it did. I also thought the cover was unique. This book did live up to my expectations, as the reading was understandable.
All-in-all this book did not disappoint me, it held my interest, and I recommend it to fans of Spurgeon.
Disclaimer: “I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.”