Charles Spurgeon was a very well known preacher whose sermons and teachings impacted his contemporaries back in 19th century. Though he passed away in 1892, his work is still alive and helping people to change their lives. Spurgeon is also the author of many books that are still in print and many other works have been written based on his literary contribution.
One of the most recent publications that is based on Spurgeon’s notes and sermons is the Spurgeon Study Bible (Broadman and Holman). After having used this Bible for few months, my initial impression is that this volume can also be considered and used as a devotional Bible.
The notes on this Bible are notes extracted from Spurgeon’s study notes and sermons, though textual criticism notes and alternative translation from the editorial team are also included. The version this Bible offers is the CSB. One of the first things readers will find is a biography of Charles Spurgeon. Every Bible book is preceded by an introduction, that include notes from Spurgeon on every book. The lost sermons of Spurgeon and Spurgeon quotes are the more remarkable resources this Bible offers. Images of the lost sermons of Spurgeon are available alongside a modern version of them. Pastor and leaders will also find very helpful for their sermon and Bible study, the inclusion of illustrations from the “prince of preachers.” Seven full color maps are also included, preceded by a concordance.
The page design is a double column for both the Bible text and the footnotes. The font is acceptable. However, the two aforementioned features penalize the margin, which is not wide enough to write extensive notes.
The cover of the Bible I received is the black/brown leather touch version. The images under this lines show the flexibility this cover offers and how easily the leather touch cover returns to its original state. That means this Bible guarantees durability and ease of use without fearing any potential damage on the cover. The spine offers a beautiful design that includes the signature of Charles Spurgeon as well as the title of the Bible and the version it uses. The brown belt with thine sewing provides an elegant look to this Bible.
As it has been mentioned before, this Bible can be used as both study Bible and/or devotional Bible. For that reason, lay leaders and Christians in general should not feel intimidated by the title “Study Bible.” This Bible is recommendable for everyone interested in learning more about the work of Charles Spurgeon at the same time they study the Bible. Devotional and study time will never be the same with this Bible. If you want to improve both disciplines, do not look any further and obtain this highly recommend study Bible.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255