Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Review: Lectures to my Students

Title: Lectures to My Students
Author:  Charles H. Spurgeon
Publisher:  The Banner of Truth Trust
General Subject Matter:  Christian Living, Spiritual Growth 
First Published 1875-94, Banner of Truth Trust Copyright:  2008
Type:  Hardback
Price:  $39.00
ISBN: 978-0-85151-966-1

The purpose of Lectures to My Students was to compile Spurgeon's Friday afternoon lectures to his ministerial college students into a convenient collection. According to Spurgeon's comments in his introduction, this request came from former ministerial students who had sat and listened to those lectures.
There is no central theme to this book. The book is divided into three "series" which contain a number of lectures on various themes. The first series contains thirteen chapters, the second series contains ten chapters, and the third series contains seven chapters. Each chapter deals with a particular theme related to the pastoral ministry.

Pastor Spurgeon used both exposition and argumentation to develop the various themes that he taught his students. Spurgeon was very committed to explain various parts and responsibilities of the pastoral ministry to his students.

In evaluating this book, I found it to be very interesting and helpful. It was written in the tone, spirit, and language of 19th century England. Yet each chapter is filled with pertinent and relevant information that can be beneficial to pastors today. Those who read these series and this book will find the information to be very useful.

I highly recommend this book to every man in pastoral leadership. One would do well to read and study this book. I would say that if one read one chapter a week, maybe on Friday, one would find this material to be both relevant and refreshing.
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I received a free copy of this book for this evaluation. I received nothing else, nor was I required to give a positive or negative review. The opinions expressed here are mine.

5 comments:

Petra said...

Thanks, for recommending a gem to those in pastoral leadership. Maybe the sheep should read it as well to learn what to look for in a good shepherd?

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Your opinion on this book is very good,and just. I enjoyed the post very much.
Thanks for your visit and lovely comment very much appreciated.

Take care
Yvonne.

Corey P. said...

I love Spurgeon's writing, and this looks like a fantastic read... even if I'm not exactly a minister per se. :)

Thanks for the great review!

Mike said...

I have this book and love it. It definitely contains no simple reading. My favorite so far is "The Minister's Self-watch".

Michael Wright said...

Another book I'll add to my list of "Written By Spurgeon That I Must Read" Thanks for the great review.