During the reign of Queen Victoria in England (1819 – 1901) women had less freedom, less rights than women today. Susannah Spurgeon lived during this time period (1832 -1903). Yet, she was well educated, developed her literary gifts and was an active partner with her famous husband.
I found it fascinating to read about her, the wife of Charles Spurgeon, in the setting of Victorian England. Although I have heard of Charles Spurgeon, I did not realize the extent of his popularity. I did not know that Susannah was vital to his ministry. Despite physical frailty she was a constant support for him.
The book, Susie: the Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes, shines a light on the marriage relationship of a gospel centered couple, living out their faith.
Susie helped her husband with his sermons and assisted in getting them written down so they could be shared with others. She read theological books with him.
She was also a writer. The inclusion of quotes from her diary and devotional books showed that she was a wordsmith.
Both Charles and Susannah valued books. Susannah wanted to make books with sound doctrine available to poor pastors. She developed the Book Fund a program that reached out to hundreds of pastors. In her day Susie was a beloved woman of God, using her gifts for God’s glory. Ray Rhodes has done thorough research for this book. It is an inspiring read.
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In full disclosure I received an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.