“Lectures to My Students” Book Review

0310329116-F Several years ago I was listening to a John Piper sermon, where he was explaining how he came to have such a fascination with Jonathan Edwards.  He explained that one of his professors in college had challenged the class to pick a puritan author and devote themselves to becoming a student of his writing.  I’ve always thought this was a good idea, but my problem was that I could not find a puritan that I really wanted to read like that.  After reading “Lectures to My Students” by Charles Spurgeon I’ve decided that rather than devoting myself to reading a puritan I want to read as much of Spurgeon as I can.

Spurgeon had a Pastor’s College where he would train young men for the ministry.  The book Lectures to My Students is a collection of the talks that he would give at the college.  While the book is over a hundred years old, the advice that Spurgeon gives is timeless and has proven to be a great help to me in the ministry. 

It took me over a year to read through Lectures to My Students.  I began with gusto, but somehow got distracted by other books along the way, but I always came back.  Something about Spurgeon’s writing draws you in and holds you there while you are reading, but admittedly the size of the book is rather daunting.  Lectures weighs in at 442 pages, which is not very much, but when you take into account the fact that the publisher used the smallest possible font available and filled the pages from top to bottom with virtually no margins, the size of the book grows dramatically.  This is not a criticism, because what is in Lectures is pure gold, but it does take a significant investment of time to be read well.

Lectures to My Students covers almost every imaginable area of Pastoral Ministry from the call to the ministry to the use and care for one’s voice.  Spurgeon leaves no stone unturned and fills his volume with useful, biblical advice for the ministry as well as humorous anecdotes from his own ministry.

One of my favorite lines from the book comes in the second to last chapter where Spurgeon writes, “The way to get a mind worth having is to get one well stored with things worth keeping.”  This is a book worth reading because it will fill the mind with truths worth having.

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June 08 2009 04:00 am | Blog

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