The Spurgeon Journal – A Review
From the get-go, let me tell you, I love journals. I love writing in them. I think they are fun and a great way to keep myself thinking and my handwriting in check (I have pretty bad handwriting!). And, I have been journaling in some way for most of my life, especially since the end of 2012. I have been doing devotional journaling on a daily basis, missing not even a handful of days, since the end of 2012, and I keep them. Occasionally, I will look through and see how much I have matured, both in thought and theologically (And I have matured more than I’d like to admit, haha!)
Most of my journaling is done using the school-looking composition notebooks. As the school years begin, my family purchases a multitude of them when they are on sale for ridiculously low prices at office supply stores, and that is what I use. So, when I saw the chance to use a little journal modeled after The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon that is not only nice to look at, but beautiful to use as well, I jumped at it!
The Journal Itself…
The journal itself is a small journal, measuring around 8 inches by 5 inches, and less than 1 inch thick, but it is packed with usability! It has a leather cover embossed with Spurgeon’s signature on the bottom right corner. There are 140 pages to journal on, and one can figure this out quickly because there is a blank table of contents, made in such a way that you can make your own as your journal through. In my years of journaling, I can honestly say I’ve never used a journal with such a fascinating feature! Each page, on the top left or right corners, are lines for putting the date, which is a nice little addition, as well. Overall, the journal is well constructed and I can see this beauty lasting me a very long time!
The Many Uses…
Honestly, I have not started using my Spurgeon Journal yet, as I don’t know what I want to use it for. I’m currently in the middle of using my standard composition notebook for journaling, and I cannot stand switching in the middle of a notebook. So, I’ll probably use it for my Men’s Bible Study and other Bible studies that I may take part in, along with the possibility of sermon notes. There are endless ideas! I might even try handwriting a sermon outline for preaching from one of these days!
I am really excited to have this journal. I wouldn’t call myself an aficionado or anything, just a plodding journaler, all the the glory of God! While the probability of many different things gracing the pages all at once in The Spurgeon Journal is high, it will remain a great journal to use with a great history to build from. Looking at the gorgeous cover work for Spurgeon’s Lost Sermons, volumes 1 and 2, and how he journaled his sermon notes, is a great inspiration for today, and this journal serves as a reminder of that.
If you would like to purchase your very own Spurgeon Journal, click on the cover image below:
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for a review by BHbloggers.com (B&H Publishing and LifeWay).
This post also appears on The Reformed Outlook Blog HERE.