In the Shadow of the Broad Brim: A Book Review

In the Shadow of the Broad Brim by Richard Ellsworth Day

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a well-written, light biography and therefore a good introduction to the life of Spurgeon. If Spurgeon’s own autobiography seems too large, I recommend Day’s work.

I appreciate how the author divides the book into aspects of Spurgeon’s life and character instead of approaching it from only a linear perspective. I was also intrigued at the brief mention of the author’s interviews with those still alive who had sat under Spurgeon’s ministry. Even more amazing was how they all remarked more on Spurgeon’s praying than on his preaching – and there’s the center of it, isn’t it? We know the man for his sermons, but his parishioners knew him for his praying. Reading that alone was more instructive than anything else in the book.

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