Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Book Review: Advice for Seekers (Charles Spurgeon)

God loves you.  God hates sin.  Therein lies the dilemma.  Charles Spurgeon's age-old book, Advice for Seekers, addresses you.  You, the sinner.  Me, the sinner.  When Jesus reached out to this sinner, I had nothing to offer in return.  All I could do was reach up to grab hold of the hand that would never let me go (and even that very act was God giving me the strength).  Forgiven.  Redeemed!  I was bought with a price that was impossible to ever repay.  With Jesus' last breath on the cross, he uttered, "Tetelestai."  A commercial word that meant "It is paid; the debt is paid in full."  It is finished!

Spurgeon draws on Scripture to reveal Jesus' promises to give us life everlasting and for us to rest in the abundant life that He offers us.  So, why do we settle for the sublime, complaining, discontentment,...the things of this world?  Are you living the life of faith that God has called you to?  Spurgeon had his own frustrations as a young man and with a gentle spirit, shares with us how he came to surrender his life completely to God.

Christ has called us and desires us to come up out of the pitiful bogs we live in.  Are you a seeker?  Seeking to find meaning and purpose in life, seeking to shed the weight of sin on your heart, seeking forgiveness, seeking love/understanding/compassion, seeking grace, seeking....ever seeking.  Perhaps you are already a Believer and you are seeking to share the gospel message with others, seeking a deeper relationship with the One who called you out of the pit.  I encourage you to read this book and be inspired, encouraged, and assured.

To quote Mr. Spurgeon: "The way of salvation has in all ages been one and the same.  No man has ever been saved by good works.  The way by which the just have lived has always been the way of faith.  There has not been the slightest advance upon this truth; it is established and settled, evermore the same, like the God who uttered it.  At all times, and everywhere, the gospel is and must forever be the same.  'Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever.'.....Heaven and earth shall pass away, but God's Word shall never pass away."

A 19th century reproduction, Advice for Seekers is a beautifully bound collection of Charles Spurgeon's writings, words, and faith-filled insights. There is something to be said for pages that are "made to look old".  Something timeless, classic, and comforting to hold.  I think for this very reason, I would be hard-pressed to ever convert to digital books!

Thank you to New Leaf Publishing for the gift of this book.  It was a joy to review and share!

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