Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Book Review: John Ploughman’s Talk by Charles Spurgeon

In this amusing series of rambles, Spurgeon gives plain advice about life to the average person, telling things as they are, warning of vices, giving encouragement, describing common problems and blessings that people may encounter, with all of it pointing to the importance of faith and personal responsibility.

The book is filled with thoughts such as these:

“To know how to read and write is like having tools to work, but if you don't use these tools, and your eyes, and your ears, too, you will be none the better off.”

“A home should be a Bethel, not a Babel.”

“If we never have headaches through rebuking our little children, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up.”

“The way to avoid great faults is to beware of small ones.”

The way that Spurgeon tosses in numerous common sayings tends to not add much to his own witty thoughts, and sometimes even distracts from what he is saying. But, that said, it is still pleasant to read, since Spurgeon’s insight frequently reveals itself--just in a slightly less effective way than in his usual writing style.

Those who are fans of Spurgeon’s writings will probably be curious about the rustic way of writing that he adopted for this book, and want to read it for that reason. For those who are new to his writing, his sermons would be a better place to start: Charles Spurgeon's Sermons


  1. Sounds interesting! Now I want to read this, too... :)

    1. Thank you for commenting, Amy! Let me know what you think, if you do. :)

  2. That definitely sounds interesting. I need to read something by him sometime. :)