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The Soul Winner

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  992 ratings  ·  92 reviews
English evangelist C. H. Spurgeon, one of the most popular preachers of the late 19th century, was so renowned for converting nonbelievers to Christianity that he earned the sobriquet "the soul-winner." Here, in his classic work on the process and power of preaching, Spurgeon shares his anecdotes and advice on bringing hearts to God. He discusses: . what it means to win a ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published September 20th 2007 by Cosimo Classics (first published January 1st 1920)
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Nicholas Maulucci
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, doctrinal
wow!!! what a great book! oh, for old-time biblical, baptist doctrine! convicting, practical, doctrinal, and interesting. spurgeon nails this one. Thank you, Jeremy, for recommending this book to me. I recommend this book strongly to every preacher, and also recommend it to all servants of God. a top ten book out of my last hundred read.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the most pleasurable, exciting, and convicting things I have done lately is to begin reading "The Soul Winner" by C. H. Spurgeon. The book is a collection of lectures and talks Spurgeon gave on the subject of evangelism, mostly from his vantage point as a pastor. Spurgeon writes with utmost conviction, and his writing is laced with witty humor and honest insights into the nature of God and humans. In fact, I am somewhat saddened that no one gave me a copy of this book earlier. To give jus ...more
Eric Durso
Nothing like a healthy dose of Spurgeon to fire you up to preach the gospel!
Clark Goble
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of sermons and talks given by Charles Spurgeon on the subject of evangelism. I not only found it informative, but also convicting. It caused me to examine my own heart for evangelism.

Spurgeon, who is known as the 'Prince of Preachers' as a way with words that is eloquent, to the point, and truthful all at the same time. I especially appreciated his reminder that our lives must be in accordance with our message. This book impacted me in a big way.

I highly recommend thi
Sarah Norton
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
It almost feels heretical to say that I really don't like Spurgeon but that's where I landed after reading this book. It was a fine book with good ideas and Biblical truths but I don't like his style of writing. I found it very difficult to follow his train of thought and understand the point of what he was trying to say. As with many authors of his time period Spurgeon's writing style is very flowery, he uses lots of examples and stories when writing. In general, I don't like authors, modern or ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
When I first got this book I was told it was superseded by Spurgeon's "Lectures to my Students". As a more rounded studying of what a minister should be, perhaps that is the case, but the single-minded focus of this book is on winning souls for Christ.

It is excellent! Challenges to duty. Real encouragements too.

It seems to be written down from addresses where he spoke, so I also appreciated the man's own gifts and abilities and the spectacular use of illustration.
One I really liked was where he
Brandon Giella
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is doubtless the best book one can read on evangelism. Spurgeon has authority and imagery that is rarely read, especially in modern literature. To be told so clearly and so eloquently what the Christian life looks like breathed new life in my soul.
Ryan Gossett
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I ask every Christian worker to see to it that he never turns aside from shooting at this target. His aim should be at the center of this target, too, namely that he may win souls for Christ and see them born to God and washed in the fountain filled with blood. Let the workers' hearts ache and yearn and their voices cry until their throats are hoarse. Yet let them judge that they have accomplished nothing whatever until, at least in some cases, men are really saved. As the fisherman longs to ta ...more
Brandon Hill
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spurgeon was about making Christ known, and in that effort winning souls to Christ. His sermons and lectures in this book show that one of his primary concerns in ministry was that of the unsaved soul. This book challenges how lackluster of an effort I (and probably many other Christians) make at evangelism. It is helpful not only for that challenge to win souls to Christ, but also in general aspects of our life which affect how we evangelize. Very good on the wider theology of evangelism such a ...more
Derek VanRoekel
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
This was a timely read for me that helped me to reflect on the first semester and the fruits of our connection group. I am led to think more about how I care for sinners and my commitment to prayer for the lost. More than anything, I am assured of the absolute mandate given by Jesus to seek out the lost. It’s a great read and it’s not overly complicated or dense.
Kevin Nelson
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book!

I recommend this book to anyone who has a heavy heart for lost souls and want to see them saved. C.H. Spurgeon has an entrusting way with words.
This is a must read for anyone who proclaims the gospel.
Rick Davis
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pastor-resources
Fantastic. Spurgeon is at his most pastoral here. He's also quite witty. ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book and I got it free from Amazon. I love reading his insight to the Lord and about the Bible. You can't go wrong with Spurgeon. ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
In this classic book, Spurgeon presents a Calvinism with legs! Recommended.
Pat O'Keeffe
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this book on the recommendation that it is the best book on evangelism this person had ever read. Needless to say I had high expectations! They were surpassed. I felt myself deeply challenged, but also stirred to proclaim the life-giving message of the gospel, to trust in the power of the Spirit to change lives, and to believe that God really will use my ministry for the salvation of others. I suspect I will return to this book many times when I need a strong encouragement or rebuke to give ...more
Amanda Lackey Delaluz
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first book I have read by Spurgeon. I loved it!
J. Alfred
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this because I wanted to be a better evangelist, but it comes with no tips, except for praying for the Lord to bless one's minsistry and to be completely dependant on Him for any and all results. At one point, he talks about how to get a church moving toward evangelical excitement, and he says that (this is a paraphrase), 'there are different ways of setting a house on fire: you can dump gasoline in the middle of the floor, or you can start at each of the edges. Personally, I'v ...more
Anthony Alvarado
Probably the most powerful book I've ever read on Evangelism and preaching and what it means to be a witness. Not exaggerating. I recently put out a blog post on my 11 favorite books of all time and this book might have to be moved into that echelon. Spurgeon reasons with you Biblically in this book but the power is in Spurgeon spilling his guts and just pouring out his heart on why we need to elevate the Great Commission in our hearts and how it needs to be second to none in what we're living f ...more
Roy Bartle
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This compilation of Spurgeon's writings is an encouraging read to those who have a desire to evangelise, and impresses the type of heart they ought to have for their fellow men. As other reviewers have commented, it is somewhat light on exegesis, and I woud suggest it doesn't adequately distinguish the evangelical work to which Gospel minsters alone are called, from the general duty of all Christians to be witnesses on the side of Christ. ...more
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this is one of the best books i have ever read. each chapter is Spurgeon's insight into how preachers should preach and how someone who is seeking to bring people to the Lord ought to. Considered the greatest preacher of all time, this is a must read for anyone seeking to make an impact for God's kingdom. ...more
Dan Sr
Jun 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-resources
This is a must-read book for preachers and teachers, although all believers will benefit from it. I only give it 3 stars because it is limited in the audience who would benefit the most. Spurgeon has given us a wealth of wisdom for those willing to dig. If that is you, I would totally recommend this.
Mitch Majeski
May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deeply convicting, motivating and, at times, funny this classic will be in regular rotation for me throughout the years. Though the messages contained in this volume were addressed to seminary students, there is gold here for anyone whose heart is slightly moved to bring the hope of the Gospel to their world and needs spurring.
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, has done a wonderful job with this book. Written in the late 1800's to early 1900's, you would swear that he is writing to todays culture from back then.
A must read.
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one that gives you a fire for pursuing the lost and bringing them to Christ. Spurgeon aimed most of it to preachers, but there's a lot that any Christian can use. Certainly a profitable book. ...more
Bruce Jackson
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is like a handbook for preachers and evangelists, even Christian leaders. I love reading this one over and over again.
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
Book of sermons by Charles Spurgeon. If you don't have a problem with reading older books, you need to give this a shot. Lots of good insights and can be read in small pieces. ...more
Jacob Bock
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a classic on soul winning by one of the greatest soul winners. So excellent, that we translated it into spanish and make it required reading for our ministry!
Jerry Bousard
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent reading. Charles Spurgeon is unmatched in his ability to open timely wisdom in a passage of a Scripture. Every believer should read this book and get back to the task of soul winning!
Chris Land
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read by Spurgeon.
Clayton Wagler
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a very inspiring read. While I wouldn't see things and approach things in the same way Spurgeon would, I was touched by his conviction and zeal all throughout. Virtually every line could be used as a great quote; below are only a few of my favorites.

“[in reference to interpreting prophecies] He is wise, so some say, but I had rather spend my time in winning souls. I would sooner bring one sinner to Jesus Christ than unpick all the mysteries of the divine Word, for salvation is
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Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1854, just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 20, became pastor of London's famed New Park Street Church (formerly pastored by the famous Baptist theologian John Gill). The congregation quickly outgrew their building, moved to Exeter Hall, then to Surrey M ...more

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“and what I have said of soul-winners, belongs not to the learned doctor of divinity, or to the eloquent preacher alone, but to you all who are in Christ Jesus.” 4 likes
“The best attraction is the gospel in its purity. The weapon with which the Lord conquers men is the truth as it is in Jesus. The gospel will be found equal to every emergency; an arrow which can pierce the hardest heart, a balm which will heal the deadliest wound.” 4 likes
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