Early this month, Mentor Press published Tom Nettles’s widely lauded intellectual biography of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The book, titled Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, comes in at 700 double-columned pages! I had the privilege of reading a pre-publication copy of the book and wrote the following commendation.
While numerous biographies of Spurgeon have been published over the decades, Spurgeon’s thought normally receives short shrift from his biographers. This is why this new biography is so important. By focusing on Spurgeon’s memoirs and published articles, Tom Nettles has filled an important gap in scholarship related to Spurgeon with this exhaustive intellectual biography of the Prince of Preachers. Many pastors and other casual readers will be encouraged by Spurgeon’s commitment to a high view of Scripture and historic Baptist orthodoxy from a Reformed perspective. Scholars will be forced to reckon with Spurgeon the theologian as they pursue their own studies of the famed Victorian pastor.
—Nathan A. Finn, Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies, The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina