Have you ever awoken in the middle of the night so thirsty that you dragged yourself out of the comfort and warmth of your bed to get a glass of ice water? This book is as refreshing as that first drink! Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, Wife of Charles Spurgeon was written by Author and Pastor Ray Rhodes. This biography of Susie Spurgeon was published in September of last year by Moody Publishers.
Rhodes uses letters, autobiographies, journals, and books written by Charles, Susie, their children, friends, and family members to piece together this masterful work. It is, at the heart, a love story. Unlike the vomit worthy love stories of today, with sickly sweet, unrealistic characters filled with lust and obsession, Susie is a story of genuine, Godly love. The book begins with the end of their marriage, when Charles passes from death to life, leaving behind his adoring wife and twin sons. This first part alone is worth the price of the book, I had to set it aside and cry while explaining to my husband through the tears what was wrong. After this Rhodes gives a more clear picture of Susie’s childhood and young adulthood, contrasting it with Charles’. You can see the sovereign hand of God bringing the two together.
If you’ve read about, or watched a documentary on, Spurgeon’s ministry I promise you’ve not heard it with the level of detail brought out in this book. Rhodes takes you through their meeting, courtship, wedding, and marriage showing how Charles’ work effected each aspect. This is certainly Susie’s story, but no telling of her life would be right without giving the full picture of the difficulties and blessing unique to being a Pastors wife. You read their triumphs and their trials, their sickness and health, and their unwavering devotion to God and one another. Eventually, Rhodes takes you to Charles’ last days on earth, through Susie’s eyes. It will make you hug your spouse a
little lot tighter! 36 years of marriage, that doesn’t seem nearly long enough for me. None of us are promised tomorrow, not even our spouses.
Lastly, Rhodes shows you the work Susie continued in her husbands absence. You’ll see her faithfulness, and cry alongside her as she struggles to honor the love of her life. You see her sons go on, becoming pastors as well. You see her final days, and the legacy she left behind her. This book is replete with the Gospel, with Biblical truth, with edification for pastors, husbands, wives, children, and friends. How do we help our Pastor, bless his wife, his children? How can we encourage one another when trials come, when pain comes? How can we share the Gospel with our children? This biography edifies in all these areas. I finished reading it, and immediately started it over again. Much like Pilgrims Progress, which it references many times, this book is a joy and a pleasure to read! I recommend it to all ages, all people, and particularly to ALL pastors wives. To all wives. To all husbands. Everyone should read this book, it’s that good. You can find the Kindle, Paperback, Hardback, and Audible copies all on Amazon here. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.