In 1857, Charles Spurgeon—the most popular preacher in the Victorian world—promised his readers that he would publish his earliest sermons. For almost 160 years, these sermons were lost to history. Beginning with this inaugural volume, these rediscovered sermons can finally be read, studied, and enjoyed by the millions around the world who admire Spurgeon’s spiritual insigIn 1857, Charles Spurgeon—the most popular preacher in the Victorian world—promised his readers that he would publish his earliest sermons. For almost 160 years, these sermons were lost to history. Beginning with this inaugural volume, these rediscovered sermons can finally be read, studied, and enjoyed by the millions around the world who admire Spurgeon’s spiritual insights and literary grace. This multi-volume set includes full-color facsimiles of Spurgeon’s original handwriting, transcriptions of his outlines and sermons, biographical introductions, and editorial commentary that further illuminate Spurgeon’s work. Taken together, The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon will add approximately 10 percent more material to Spurgeon’s total body of literature, making it a must-have for pastors and scholars as well as the multitude of Spurgeon enthusiasts around the world. Volume 1 contains an introduction to the series, an overview of Spurgeon’s life and times, seventy-eight sermons he preached itinerantly and as pastor of Waterbeach Chapel, and an analysis of these sermons by editor and Spurgeon scholar Christian T. George. Wrapped in custom marbled paper and leather like Spurgeon's original notebook, the collector’s edition has gilded edges and contains dozens of photographs not found in the standard edition....
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The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon Volume I — Collector's Edition: His Earliest Outlines and Sermons Between 1851 and 1854 Reviews
The greatest value of this volume is that it contains a cover-to-cover photographic reproduction of Spurgeon's first notebook of sermon outlines, written in around 1851 and 1852. The images are extremely clear and it's very convenient to be able to study Spurgeon's notebook from the comfort of your own home. It was definitely a good idea to include the images of the original pages as the editor's transcriptions of the same pages are often defective for one reason or another, and being able to consult Spurgeon's own notes gives clarity (or conveys a different meaning) to the editor's transcriptions. In a very few cases this is because Spurgeon's words have been misread, or because an occasional word has been left out. Often the difficulty for the editor is that Spurgeon's grammar and punctuation is rather erratic, without clear distinctions between sentences. The editor has had to use his own judgment in how to divide Spurgeon's text, entirely revising the punctuation. But I have to say that I often found it much easier to follow Spurgeon's own notes. I felt that the editor quite frequently divided the text wrongly, tearing sentences to pieces, putting in full stops and commas where they were not required. The sermon outlines are already brief and can take some effort to grasp where Spurgeon was coming from, without further complicating things by breaking up logical sentences into incomprehensible subsections.The book is a lot bigger and heavier than I expected it to be. It has been nicely produced and it handled nicely (though being so heavy it isn't comfortable to hold in your hands for any length of time). I have just got the ordinary edition with a dust jacket. The jacket looks nice, feels nice, and seems to wear well. There are a lot of introductory pages before you eventually get to the sermons. I can't say that I enjoyed them though. Some of the information was interesting, but much of it felt a bit pointless or repetitive. I felt rather like I was reading someone's dissertation. There was a timeline which seemed to be filled with too much irrelevant information, such as an overabundance of the publication dates of various books. There were descriptions of the scientific or technological advances being made during Spurgeon's lifetime, as though to demonstrate how dramatically life had changed, but in reality the ordinary person didn't have access to many of these inventions for decades to come. Refrigerators may have existed in Spurgeon's lifetime but a friend of mine never owned a fridge until around the year 2000, when he was nearly 90, and likewise he never owned a telephone till around the same time. Electricity may have been invented but gas lighting was still in common use well into the twentieth century. My overall feel was that it was a very large book for comparatively little useful content. Many of the notes which accompanied each sermon seemed rather mundane or pointless, but perhaps scholars and students can find some way to utilize them, and perhaps this is who Mr George was aiming the work at, students of Spurgeon who might be able to find interesting lines of enquiry to pursue through perusing such a volume as this. I wouldn't place this volume high on the list of Spurgeon books to obtain. The general Christian would probably get more enjoyment and benefit out of reading complete sermons such as are found in a volume of the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, rather than the skeleton sermons found here. But if they want to see Spurgeon's handwriting, and to see his early compositions, this is of course the perfect book to go for. The advertising for this new series is rather misleading, which claims that it will add "10% more material to Spurgeon's body of literature". That is nonsense. As Christian George more accurately explains in his introduction, it adds 10% only to the number of Spurgeon's sermons available, (and then it is only in outline form). In terms of the actual word count, this series will add comparatively little to Spurgeon's total body of published literature. The 78 sermons outlines in this first volume amount to only about 16,000 words in total, which is the equivalent of about three full sermons in a volume of the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit. I'm sorry to be negative about this volume after all the effort that must have gone into producing it, but I think the volume will be of limited appeal to many Christians, even if they do ordinarily love Spurgeon's writings. It could be a good tool for pastors and students. The good thing about it is that it doesn't do the work for the preacher. A preacher couldn't just glance at one of Spurgeon's outlines and have a ready-made sermon. The outlines are not always so clear in their meaning as all that. They will require the readers to think for themselves, to study the Bible passage in question, and try to get inside Spurgeon's mind, to try to see where he was coming from, in order to make sense of his words. We, as readers, are apt to become too lazy, to enjoy the fruit of other men's labours, to reap the benefit of other men's studies and meditation, without doing any of the work ourselves. This volume won't let people get away with that. If they want to understand the outlines, they will have to think for themselves.
This book is a call for celebration for any Spurgeon lovers or any who appreciate great preaching in general. If you are like me, you already read often from the pool of sermons available in either the New Park Street Pulpit or the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit sermon sets. Perhaps you would agree with me as well in saying that Spurgeon is one of the greatest preachers who ever lived. This gorgeous volume is the first in what will be an indispensable set.Spurgeon himself meant to publish these sermons from his earliest ministry, but it never worked out. His notes have languished in storage for these many years. Now Christian T. George has rescued the sermons and B & H Publishing has blessed us all by committing to print them in quality, beautiful editions. What will be obvious the minute you pick up these volumes is that both Mr. George and the publishers have treated the sermons as a labor of love.Once you open this beautiful volume you will find a treasure trove. You will read a history of how the project came together, an interesting timeline that puts Spurgeon in historical context, and introduction, two interesting essays on Spurgeon, and an essay about the sermons themselves. Mr. George then describes his sources and methods and even gives a sermon analysis that reviews the number of words in his sermon notes and other interesting facts. I must confess that I found every page of the introductory material to be interesting reading. Don’t miss the incredible amount of information in the footnotes as well.Then there’s the sermons. Many of them are only an outline, but Mr. George has put such incredible research of interesting tidbits both historical and personal that are loads of fun for Spurgeon fans. Who would’ve thought that Spurgeon’s first outline mostly came from John Gill! As I read the sermon outlines, I could tell that these were, perhaps, before Spurgeon completely hit his stride, but they still showed the homiletic genius that he was. It also demonstrated how Spurgeon can teach us all to find great sermons in unlikely texts.I look forward to getting each volume as they come out and can’t wait to have the set completed. If you are a book lover, this is the release of the year. I pray this series has great success and mark me down as its first admirer.I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Charles H Spurgeon is one of the most recognizable names in Christendom, known as the “Prince of Preachers”, he was the minister at Metropolitan Tabernacle for 38 years, from 1854 to 1892, his death. His sermons from this time are highly sought-after and owned by many pastors and laymen alike, yet Spurgeon’s sermons from his itinerant Ministry until his time at Metropolitan Tabernacle which was thought to be lost or minimum largely unknown has been found and is now been released to the public.B&H Publishers has recently acquired and produced these “lost” sermons and created a wonderful work containing these ‘lost’ sermons preached by Spurgeon from 1851 to 1854. This work is titled “The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon Volume I: His Earliest Outlines and Sermons Between 1851 and 1854″ which is edited by Christian T George. This work is divided into three volumes, the first which was released early in 2017.Volume one of this work contains his Spurgeon first 77 sermons dealing with a variety of topics. While Spurgeon was not an exegetical preacher, his exposition of scripture, even in his early Ministry was phenomenal. The sermons, which are from his early twenties, demonstrate that even at an early age he showed why he is known as the prince of preachers. God gifted this man in a way he did not gift many men.The sermons have various levels of detail; all are and outlines some with more in-depth exposition than others. Either way these sermons are an invaluable tool to understand scripture. The sermons can also be used as personal devotions, to sit around and read out loud eating a Layman’s understanding of the Bible teaching on a specific subject or passage of scripture.In addition to these outlines editor Christian T George gives a personal introduction to this volume as well as an explanation and expansion of Spurgeon sermons. This is truly a remarkable book and an invaluable tool to the minister, Raymond, or scour alike. I look forward to the next to volume in this set and recommend this 1st volume to any and all Christians who desire to grow in the grace of Christ through the understanding of the Holy Scriptures.This book was provided to me free of charge from B&H Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.