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Susannah Spurgeon: Lessons for a Life of Joyful Eagerness in Christ (Mohler)

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Have you heard of Spurgeon?

Preacher, evangelist and stalwart patriarch of the Modern Western Church today. If the cliché ‘behind every great man is a strong woman’, is true, then Susannah Spurgeon remains one of the matriarchs of the same tradition.

Spurgeon was the bone companion of her husband. As a pastoral assistant, as Charles’ wife and support through trials, this woman’s biography has been a long time coming.

Mary Mohler has gathered information on Susie from sources spanning letters, devotionals and biographies. The result is a thoughtful, sympathetic and endearing epitaph to a sister in Christ, whose voice can no longer be ignored. Mohler allows room for academics, mothers, daughters and wives to dwell on Spurgeon’s joyful eagerness in Christ.


As Susie’s great–great–granddaughter, I am deeply grateful to Mary Mohler who has used writings about and by Susie, together with her own personal insight, to draw out indispensable lessons for us today in how we can honour God and our husbands as we live ‘a life of joyful eagerness in Christ’.

Susannah Spurgeon Cochrane, Great–great–granddaughter of Charles and Susannah Spurgeon

… fabulous … bears out the truth of the remark, ‘Christian churches little know what they owe to the wives of their pastors’. Well–researched and well–written, this new study offers both a fresh reflection on the way a great leader is shaped but also on how God uses the gifts of all of his people. 

Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

I think it is exactly what Mrs. Spurgeon would have hoped to be done with God’s work in her life. This is my favourite book on Susannah Spurgeon. 

Connie Dever, Wife of Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C.

This is an extraordinary account of an extraordinary woman. Too often dismissed as the invalid wife of a great preacher, Susannah Spurgeon was in truth a ‘woman of valour’ (Proverbs 31:10) and a partner in the gospel with her husband. When the great explorer David Livingstone asked Spurgeon how he did the work of two men every day, the reply came: “You have forgotten that there are two of us, and the one you see the least of, often does the most work.” Susannah did suffer years of chronic and debilitating illness, but through it all she looked eagerly for ways to serve the Lord. Her famous book ministry, for example, supplied thousands of needy pastors and students with good literature. This is a delightful, engaging, and inspiring portrayal of Susannah’s life, with the bonus selection of extracts from her various devotional books. Throughout, we are reminded that we can know even more of God’s grace as the burdens grow greater.

Sharon James, Social Policy Analyst, The Christian Institute

… lucid, informative, and faith–inspiring. … Her devotion, perseverance, and humble gratitude are portrayed as reflections of the grace of God.

Megan DeVore, Associate Professor of Church History and Early Christian Studies, Colorado Christian University, Colorado

About the Author

Mary K. Mohler is wife of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president R. Albert Mohler, Jr. and the director of Seminary Wives Institute. She is also the author of ‘Growing in Gratitude’. The Mohlers lives in Louisville, Kentucky and are the parents of two adult children and three grandchildren.