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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Attic Book's Advice for Seekers: Book Review

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.

"Would you dare put your miserable life in comparison with the life of God's obedient Son, who gave himself even to death? Does it not strike you that you are insulting God?" 

My favorite quote actually comes from the first page. One of the most often exhibited attributes of those who have grown up in the culture of the church is the feeling that it is something we have done which has caused us to find favor with the Savior and allowed our salvation. This could not be further from the truth, but it is so very easy to fall into this trap. Just take a poll of the average church. When asked to share the story of their conversion my pastor husband has often heard responses such as, "My parents brought me to church from the time I was born," and, "I'm basically a good person," even from those who have heard the true gospel preached all their lives. I too need to be reminded that it is by the grace of God alone which has saved me from eternity apart from Him.

Although this may be most appropriate for a more academically minded reader, I believe the truth imparted here by the great Charles Spurgeon can benefit anyone no matter their educational background or where they are on their journey with Christ. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and plan to read it again each year to keep the thoughts imparted here fresh in my mind. 

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I received Advice for Seekers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. No other compensation was received. 

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