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The church has had many theologians that have had their works stand the test of time. Strangely, very few preachers have had both a great influence on their contemporaries, and also have a historic influence. Perhaps the greatest preacher in the history of the English language is Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Spurgeon was a Baptist preacher in Britain in the 19th century. He was renowned both for his leadership ability and his teaching and preaching skills.
Much of his teaching was gathered in various writings. One of the most famous of Spurgeon’s published works was the devotional entitled Morning and Evening. The format of Morning and Evening is what the title leads the reader to believe: two devotions for every day of the year, one to be read in the morning and the other to be read in the evening. Mornings and Evenings with Spurgeon is an update of Spurgeon’s classic devotional by Larry and Marion Pierce. The update revises the King James Version quotations of the Scriptures with more contemporary translations. Mornings and Evenings with Spurgeon also updates some of Spurgeon’s language that sounds overly Victorian so that the modern reader can more readily relate to his words. Larry and Marion Pierce do well in their update of this classic devotional, and I believe it strikes a good balance of being faithful to Spurgeon and connecting to their audience.
The changes to Spurgeon’s language are conservative, and they serve to make him sound more down to earth and less stuffy. One simple example of this is the evening devotion for February 8. The original text started with the words “Many persons.” The new version uses the very subtle change “many people.” Just that little change makes Spurgeon sound much more conversational to his readers, which was his original intent.
There are some further improvements that this text could use. It would be nice to have page numbers in the book. Also, there is no credit to a separate translation or to the editors regarding the changes to the King James Version that was made. These improvements could make Mornings and Evenings with Spurgeon even more useful.
All in all, Larry and Marion Pierce have done well. They have brought some needed updates to a classic devotional. Perhaps the greatest compliment I could give the editors is that if Spurgeon read their update, he would approve. And, he would. – Clint Walker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
There never seems to be enough time to do all the things we want to do, and often that includes taking the time to study and pray upon Gods Word every day like we know that we should. Now it only take five minutes a day to grow in your faith as you enjoy this classic collection of devotions which have been updated for modern readers!
This collection is written to be easily understood and to reveal scriptural insights that can be quickly studied. Do one a day for a full two-year study or do two a day, one in the morning and one in the evening, as Spurgeon originally had designed them for a year's worth of devotions.
A prolific author and pastor, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) remains a respected and influential source of inspiration and study. His classic collection of devotions for morning and evening remain a beloved treasure of wisdom and teaching for Christians. Compact and beautifully bound in an elegantly designed cover, Mornings and Evenings with Spurgeon can be the perfect gift, or an amazing addition to your personal study library!