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Posted April 30, 2013
This beautifully bound book is a rare gem in an age of e-books. The rough edged pages gives the tangible awareness that you are opening a treasured book of wisdom passed down through the decades. Attractive enough to leave on your coffee-table and small enough to fit in your purse...but for all it's outward beauty, it is the wisdom inside which is the true treasure.
Spurgeon originally wrote for those who were looking for Jesus, so although I was looking forward to this read, I didn't expect to be as drawn is as I was. The language would be considered old fashioned, but it isn't too difficult. In fact, the more I read, the less I noticed the difference from modern language. My faith was encouraged as I read through this short work, reminding me of some of the vital, yet simple truths that all seekers must accept.
Although this may be most appropriate for a more academically minded reader, I believe the truth imparted here by the great Charles Spurgeon can benefit anyone no matter their educational background or where they are on their journey with Christ. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and plan to read it again each year to keep the thoughts imparted here fresh in my mind.
Posted April 11, 2013
About the Book:
Many people get lost in their faith walk by using the map of their own understanding rather than the guidance of God. Spurgeon, one of Christianity’s most enduring influences, helps set the seeker on the path of peace. In his classic work, Advice for Seekers, Spurgeon offers Scriptural truths to help remove the obstacles so the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be grasped.
From his own experiences and his years of ministry, C.H. Spurgeon shares a gentle spirit of grace through his words to comfort and encourage those desiring to know the Lord.
Chapters inside this exquisite reproduction of a late 1890’s classic work include:
Do not Try to Save Yourself
Despised Ones Seeking Jesus
Seekers Touching Christ
Still no Light and Why?
and 9 more
Apart from Biblical writers, Spurgeon is considered to be history’s most widely read preacher. Called the “prince of preachers,” he is said to have preached the gospel to over ten million people in his lifetime.
About the Author:
A prolific author and pastor, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) remains a respected and influential source of inspiration and study. His classic collection of devotions for morning and evening remain a beloved treasure of wisdom and teaching for Christians.
Anyone that has ever read Charles Spurgeon's writings is no stranger to his profound words. He was well respected back in the 1800's and I think it goes without saying the same can be said for him today. This book is a must have for people in ministry or really anyone wanting a more in depth study of the Bible and the Christian walk. Attic Books a division of Master Books has decided to publish and release these awesome works of one of the greatest preacher and teacher of our time.
The book is beautifully bound and even has torn edge pages wish gives you the old, cherished look and feel that this book deserves. The book and it is wordings are a little difficult to understand so even though it is a short read with its 134 pages it is definitely not something you want to fly through. Spurgeon is an excellent writer and authority on the Bible and continuing on the path that God has carefully laid out for His children.
Advice for Seekers:
Exquisitely reproduced with antique look from a late 1890s classic work.
Charles Spurgeon offers timeless wisdom for those who have become lost in their walk of faith.
Be uplifted and have your faith affirmed in this powerful book for seekers as well as believers.
As always if you would like more information on this book or purchase this book you can so here.
**Disclosure** This book was provided to me free of charge for my honest review from Master Books and New Leaf Publishing Group.
Posted April 10, 2013
Advice for Seekers---What can I say? This classic reprint of Charles Spurgeon's book, originally printed in 1898. Attic Books has kept the "old time" language, which I very much appreciated, although some might find it a little more difficult to read. The paper is that thick card stock so well loved for the old time book feel, the cover is exquisite, and the ripped page edges give it the final classic look. And that's just the outside of the book!
Charles Spurgeon is still the most widely read preacher of today. I have read other sermons, articles and books of his, and this book is yet another one that I know I will go back to again and again. I am thrilled to have this book reprinted, as it's one that I will use not only as an evangelism tool, but as a blessing to Christian friends as well. His compassion, solid doctrine, cutting truth, and love all come through the pages of Advice for Seekers.
Chapter 8, specifically on pages 69-71, where he speaks on one of the main hindrances that cause people to turn away from entering into the Light is particularly well done. Namely, men are "disobedient to the one plain gospel precept, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' Doth not the Spirit of God within you make you say, 'I will arise, and go to my Father?' Oh if there be such a thought trembling in your soul quench it not, obey it, arise and go, and may thy Father's arms be about thy neck ere this day's sun go down." It is not often where you find both truth and compassion and although this is a difficult topic, rarely have I seen it dealt with better. This British "Prince of Preacher's" cuts to the chase, and deals both candidly and gently with this issue of pride.
Coming from a Sovereignty based belief, I also very much was drawn to the solid doctrine that Spurgeon himself stood on and preached on. The Savior himself is the who does the drawing and men need only to: “Look unto Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other” Isaiah 45:22. In the chapter entitled "Invitation," page 47 he writes, "It is clear that all the readiness required on man's part is a willingness to come and receive the blessing which God has provided.... Where the Lord has been pleased to touch the will so that man has a desire towards Christ, where the heart really hungers and thirsts after righteousness, that is all the readiness which is wanted....Willingness to come is everything." Often times, I believe people fall into the belief that they somehow have to get themselves ready before coming to Christ. To remind people that "Willingness to come is everything" and even that willingness to come is from the Lord. It is a solid place to lay ones head, and it was a blessing to be reminded of it by this gifted preacher.
I highly recommend this book to you. This is a book for any seeker of the gospel, or any Christian that wants to solidify doctrinal truths in his mind.
*Thanks to Attic Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group for providing a free copy to me in exchange for my honest review.
Posted April 10, 2013
Advice for Seekers is pure Spurgeon, and if you have ever encountered Spurgeon anywhere you know his writing has one heart: Jesus. Every paragraph glories in Him, every phrase sings of His mercies, every sermon exalts the Lord, every chapter crowns Him loving King.
Spurgeon's passionate love for Christ and pastoral care for people pours from these pages. His breathtaking use of language to explain such rich theology stirs the heart. What a gift this man had! This book is beautifully written and crystal clear to understand.
If I had to give one book to the man questioning how to come to the Cross, asking what sort of Savior Jesus is, wondering if He will be accepted by the Lord, I would give Advice for Seekers.
For the one who knows Christ, reading this book is like reading love-letters that remind you of the earlier days of your conversion and how sweet these truths are.
"Your Salvation lies in Jesus only; it lies not in you, or your doings,
or your feelings, or your knowings,
or your resolvings."
I have always felt that if your heart ever grows cool toward Christ and the Scriptures, flee to Spurgeon. His love for Christ is like a great flame shining out of everything he wrote. It warms you as you read.
A final word on this edition: this book has the look and feel of an antique book. Old fashioned black type, thick, rough edged pages, and a sturdy cover. The only thing this book is missing is the old book smell. And Lord willing, after being in my family's library for a hundred years, it will have that too.
I am blessed to receive this book from New Leaf Publishing to review. Click Here to view the inside of this book and read the first pages.
"Jesus is not to be approached every now and then,
but at all times, and not by some favored few,
but by all in whose hearts His Holy Spirit
has enkindled the desire to enter
into His secret presence."
Posted April 7, 2013
Advice For Seekers by Charles H. Spurgeon is now available as a reprint by Attic books, a division of New Leaf Publishers. The 1896 classic is reproduced word for word in this new antiqued edition. The cover is a vintage reproduction as well as the ragged styled edge. This reprint of a classic will be a perfect edition for any collector or library.
This work by Spurgeon is analogous to the modern Christian apologetic writers, such as C.S. Lewis or contemporary writers such as Max Lucado. While the writing is written in nineteenth century English, its message is still applicable and its delivery is pretty much the same as that of the great modern day Christian writers.
The first chapter discusses how it is impossible to earn salvation based on our own merit. The second chapter discusses how Jesus is very approachable and came to save everyone- not pious hypocrites, but real people who are imperfect and need a savior. Spurgeon also covers the healing power of the cross, and obstacles to faith. Basically the entire message of the gospel is presented in easy to understand terms. The words of this book spoke to many readers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This same message is still delivered in countless sermons and books.
Most contemporary readers may find that the nineteenth century writing difficult to understand. It is true that this does not make for quick easy reading- but that is not the book's purpose. This book has an important message but for most readers it will simply be a quaint artifact to keep on the book shelf rather than to actually read. I imagine this book would be very popular for today's readers if it was rewritten in modern twenty first century English for today's generation. As a blogger I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of writing this review.