When I was growing up I only vaguely knew who Charles Spurgeon was. I remember hearing him quoted in sermons so I knew he was someone worth quoting with godly wisdom, but that was pretty much it. When I got to Bible college I heard all my pastoral major friends discus Spurgeon as well as other great pastors from over dinner and my interest was piqued. Since then I began reading about Charles Spurgeon and other great pastors of his time. While I learned about his life, I never got around to reading any of his books or sermons. I was very excited to read this newly released Advice for Seekers from Attic Books, a division of New Leaf Publication Group.
This beautifully bound book is a rare gem in an age of e-books. The rough edged pages gives the tangible awareness that you are opening a treasured book of wisdom passed down through the decades. Attractive enough to leave on your coffee-table and small enough to fit in your purse…but for all it’s outward beauty, it is the wisdom inside which is the true treasure.
Spurgeon originally wrote for those who were looking for Jesus, so although I was looking forward to this read, I didn’t expect to be as drawn is as I was. The language would be considered old fashioned, but it isn’t too difficult. In fact, the more I read, the less I noticed the difference from modern language. My faith was encouraged as I read through this short work, reminding me of some of the vital, yet simple truths that all seekers must accept.
The other helpful purpose of this book was to help me better understand those who are seeking Christ as adults. My path to salvation started before I was born. It started with my great-grandfather who turned his life toward God for his wife who died soon after their marriage of consumption. When he married my great-grandmother he was a different man and eventually became a pastor. His son, my grandfather, was also a pastor and my own father became a pastor and now trains future pastors at a seminary. I have a deep spiritual heritage and because of that understood the truths in Scripture long before most. Although I have a deep desire to see the lost come to Christ I cannot exactly relate to the struggle with doubts, misunderstandings, and hindrances which can cause adults to hesitate in giving their lives entirely to God. Advice for Seekers has given me greater insight and understanding into these things.