A Book Review of Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon

Few and far between are the biographies of Christian women. Fewer still are the biographies of married Christian women. Yet almost unheard of are the biographies of those Christian women who spent their years of godly service married to pastors. Rare are the accounts of those selfless servants of God who contented themselves in the unique and quiet ministry of loving, encouraging, and supporting the very public ministries of their pastor-husbands.

Into this literary void, Ray Rhodes presents the life story of one such selfless servant. In Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, Rhodes weaves together the threads of faithfulness and fruitfulness which so marked the life of this dearly loved pastor’s wife. Despite her husband’s ongoing ministry discouragement and the difficulties arising from his enormous ministry responsibilities, as well as the decline of her own health, Rhodes reveals to us a woman determined to remain useful for God’s kingdom in service to her own pastor-husband and countless others. Susie’s is a story of deep investment, into her husband, into her children, and into the ministries of pastors all over the world.

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