Spurgeon on Reading

Charles Spurgeon is regarded as one of the greatest preachers of the 19th century, and it’s easy to see why. He would preach up to 10 times a week and it’s estimated he preached before 10 million people in his lifetime. Pastoring for almost 40 years at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England, almost 15,000 people were baptized there during his tenure.

Besides being a great preacher, Spurgeon was a prolific writer and, naturally, a voracious reader. So it goes without saying that he would have advice on how Christians should go about reading. Kevin Halloran of Leadership Resources International compiled quotes from Spurgeon’s sermons and writings and shared it on his blog at kevinhalloran.net. Here are a couple:


1. Know that your reading is important.

“Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.”

2. Reading and praying are the best ways to spend leisure time.

“We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure time, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service. Paul cries, “Bring the books” — join in the cry.”

Check out the rest here: Charles Spurgeon’s 9 Tips for Christian Readers.



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