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We Shall See God: Charles Spurgeon’s Classic Devotional Thoughts on Heaven, by Randy Alcorn, Tyndale Publishers, Hardcover, 2011, 336 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1414345543, $14.99
Randy Alcorn, best-bestselling author of Heaven, compiled a book of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons on heaven and eternity that is sure to become a classic. He introduces readers to this passionate London preacher with excerpts from Spurgeon’s sermons titled,“Will I Be Myself in Heaven?” “Falling Asleep,” “Friendship in Heaven,” and more. Besides other details such as Spurgeon was never delivered from personal affliction, and was blinded by glaucoma five years before his death at age 57. (1834-1892)
When the publisher asked Randy to “supplement Spurgeon’s meditations with some of [his] own thoughts about Heaven,” he “squirmed a little.” Then relented when he learned all royalties would further “Christ-centered, Kingdom causes.”
A brief introduction to Spurgeon’s life and work preface the devotions. One intriguing detail noted that Spurgeon asked his congregation to stay away from evening services “four times a year…so unbelievers could fill the seats and hear God’s word.” An amazing feat for any preacher.
Devotions include sermon titles, their numbers, date used and Bible verse. Alcorn’s views follow Spurgeon’s thoughts. For example, “Dying is but Going Home,” taken from sermon #1892, “Why They Leave Us,” was delivered “three days after the death of his friend and fellow pastor Charles Stanford.”
In it, he “encourages his congregation to view death” as going home and inspires them to act like biblical “David, who washed his face and ate and drank” in the face of death, because, “there is no dying for the saints.” Spurgeon writes of his friend, Charles Stanford, who “drew up his feet and smiled…likewise you and I will depart.”
Alcorn cautions not to “romanticize death, or fear the unknown. Instead, “…set your sights on “Jesus [who] came to deliver us from the fear of death.”
Spurgeon reached millions with his “timeless pearls of wisdom,” much of it out of print today. Thanks to Randy, millions can again be influenced by this passionate and powerful “prince of preachers” through these remarkable devotions. Never before in our nation’s history have we needed more profound spiritual insights than we do today in America’s season of political correctness.
Randy Alcorn has outdone himself with this compilation. Not only is this an excellent devotional, it’s an excellent Bible study resource or meaningful gift for friends and loved ones.
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