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Letters and Travels By C. H. Spurgeon
Belmonte, Kevin; editor

Letters and Travels By C. H. Spurgeon

ISBN: 9781527110502
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Book Description:

This collection of C. H. Spurgeon's travel letters offer a rare insight into a different side of the famed preacher. Of the many telling phrases C. H. Spurgeon gave the world, one speaks to the way he, and his contemporaries, greatly valued letters, or what he called "gifts of the pen." He lived in a golden age of letter-writing, and helped to make it so.

The best letters, he knew, are written with caring reflection, love of the written word, wit, and a vivid sense of place. His travel letters model these gifts. His love of nature, history, culture, and art live-and breathe-in these pages. Rest and recreation, on holiday, when he could follow these interests, were meaningful, renewing gifts from God. He cherished them, and needed them. They lend a special, one-of-a-kind voice to this book.

With a painter's gifts, set amid the countryside of England, or places of Europe, Spurgeon's Travel Letters are eloquent, and many times moving. His "gifts of the pen" shine in them. At long last, they have a place well-deserved, a place all their own. Now, we ourselves may travel with Spurgeon-discovering the world that he knew. And we may bless God for the privilege given in these letters.

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Part One
  1. The Holiday Begins
  2. Of Ancient Time, and Scenes
  3. Pictures, Parks, and Villages
  4. To be Nourished by Country Fact
  5. A Milestone and Keepsake
  6. Over to a Famous Isle
  7. Final Stages of the Journey
Part Two
A Traveller’s Letters Home
Travel Letters, Summer 1871
  A Traveller’s Letters Home (cont.)


C. H. Spurgeon, the great Victorian preacher, was one of the most influential people of the second half of the 19th Century. At the heart of his desire to preach was a fierce love of people, a desire that meant he did not neglect his pastoral ministry.


Kevin Belmonte holds a BA in English Literature from Gordon College, an MA in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and a second master's degree in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine. He has twice been a Finalist for the John Pollock Award for Christian Biography, and in 2003, he won that award for his biography of William Wilberforce. With his wife Kelly, and son Sam, he lives in a seaside village in New England.


The Prince of Preachers' sense of humor comes through loud and clear … as he meticulously noted the beauty of The Artist's created world everywhere he traveled.
--Mary K. Mohler, Director, Seminary Wives Institute, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

In a day when pastors are burned out and Christians are weary, these letters are a reminder that rest is God's good gift. In his travels, Spurgeon models for us how we can enjoy God's world in our rest with childlike faith and wonder, and so, be energized and equipped for faithful service.
--Geoffrey Chang, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and Curator of the Spurgeon Library, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri

The picture we get of Spurgeon from this collection is of an affectionate husband, a lover of nature, a faithful friend, a happy Christian, and a devoted worshipper of God. … a unique and welcome addition to the growing corpus of published material on the Prince of Preachers.
--Alex DiPrima, Pastor, Emmanuel Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Author, Spurgeon and the Poor: How the Gospel Compels Christian Social Concern

Additional Information:

Cover: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 150
Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2023