This collection of C. H. Spurgeon’s travel letters offers a rare insight into a different side of the famed preacher. We see him at rest, refreshing himself in the glories of nature and connecting with the wonders of the Creator. With a painter’s gifts, set amid the countryside of England, or places of Europe, Spurgeon’s Travel Letters are eloquent, and many times moving. Now, we ourselves may travel with Spurgeon—discovering the world that he knew. And we may bless God for the privilege given in these letters.
C. H. Spurgeon, the great Victorian preacher, was one of the most influential people of the second half of the 19th Century. At the heart of his desire to preach was a fierce love of people, a desire that meant he did not neglect his pastoral ministry.
In a day when pastors are burned out and Christians are weary, these letters are a reminder that rest is God’s good gift. In his travels, Spurgeon models for us how we can enjoy God’s world in our rest with childlike faith and wonder, and so, be energized and equipped for faithful service. -Geoffrey Chang, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and Curator of the Spurgeon Library, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri
The picture we get of Spurgeon from this collection is of an affectionate husband, a lover of nature, a faithful friend, a happy Christian, and a devoted worshipper of God. … a unique and welcome addition to the growing corpus of published material on the Prince of Preachers. -Alex DiPrima, Pastor, Emmanuel Church, Winston–Salem, North Carolina; Author, ‘Spurgeon and the Poor: How the Gospel Compels Christian Social Concern’