I was given this book by a friend who knows I love the Spurgeon history. I have walked this history in England many times and am very familiar with the Spurgeon Center which is now at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City where I currently live. This book is a story written in historical fiction about Spurgeon and a black student, a former slave from America, Thomas Johnson. The authors do a unique job of paralleling the two stories until they coincide at the Pastor’s College in London. Many well-known facts are presented and many suppositions are included. My only negative in the book is the authors’ obvious love for cigar smoking which is emphasized no fewer than six times because Spurgeon did smoke a cigar occasionally. This unfortunately detracts from giving this book to a new or weak believer. Other than that I enjoyed the book.
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