I was given this book by Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
The Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon
You have likely heard the saying, “Behind every great man is an even greater woman.” Susannah Spurgeon is just such a woman. Wife of the infamous preacher, Charles Spurgeon, she was an integral part of his life and ministry. She was behind him in prayer support but also beside him in ministry.
Even after reading only the introduction and first chapter I wished that this book had been available to me 30 years ago as I was becoming a pastor’s wife. If I had the time all in one sitting, I would have read this book to completion in a day. What a beautiful example of a Christian wife, pastor’s wife or not.
Some Things Never Change
As I read her story which is set in Victorian England. I realized that things have not changed all that much. We tend to think the evil prevails more now than it ever has but as I read I found that Charles and Susannah Spurgeon endured much of the same things 150 years ago that my husband and I have endured in this century. Satan has always fought against those who try to spread the Word of God.
And yet they persevered through sorrow and pain, sharing the Word of God to thousands, maybe millions. My heart was pricked when I saw how they persevered. Susie was an encourager to Charles throughout their marriage as he struggled through deep depressions and often separated by half the world when he traveled. I would have loved to have her encouragement for myself as I tried my best to encourage my husband. Maybe I would have found more ways to hold my husband up.
She Also Had Her Own Ministries
Additionally, Susie not only worked closely with Charles in sermon preparation and prayer support, but she also raised their twin sons and built her own ministry of providing books and sermons to poor preachers. She sent sermons and books to any preacher who asked for them right up until her death. And she did all this pushing through her own years of chronic pain. I can so relate to many of the trials in her life.
I challenge you along with myself to follow Susie’s example and leave a legacy of faith to those behind us.
- Susie Looked to Jesus
- She Trained Her Children in the Ways of the Lord
- Susie Loved and Treasured the Bible and read Many Books
- Susie Loved Pastors and Their Families
- She looked for the Beauty of God in All Things – and Found Ways to Communicate His Beauty to Others
- Susie Faced Hardships with Faith and Service
- Susie Advanced her Husband’s Legacy
This book is a must-read for all pastor’s wives but really to all Christian women everywhere. Be sure to get a copy today.
This book is a must-read for all pastor’s wives but really to all Christian women everywhere.
P.S. I believe that one thing that will help us Leave a Legacy for our families and friends is to read biographies of great Christian men and woman. Throw away all those romance novels and self-help books. Then begin studying the Bible and the lives who have left us great examples to follow.
I am going to add a new category this year under Leaving a Legacy. That being, “Legacy Builders”. I’d like to share about some of the amazing women who have built my legacy, personally and those whose legacy has stood the test of time for all of us. Watch for more posts about Legacy Builders in the future.
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Writer/Speaker sharing about how to make it through anything. I married a pastor with two boys who just lost their mom, I homeschooled my own children, led children’s ministries and women’s ministries in the church, and founded and led a homeschool support group. Had to give up much of this due to chronic pain. Like the Insurance, I know a lot because I’ve seen a lot.