Yours, till Heaven is a fitting follow-up to Ray Rhodes’s Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon. When I saw that Rhodes had a new book on the Spurgeons, I knew I had to read it. I am glad I did.
I have become a bit of a Charles Spurgeon aficionado over the last few years. I’ve read many of his books and books about him. I’ve listened to podcasts, watched documentaries, and read through multiple volumes of his sermons. And I keep coming back for more. With as much as I know about the man, it was a treat to learn more about his wife in Rhodes’s first work. Yours, till Heaven brings even more to the feast.
The book focuses on various characteristics of the relationship between Charles and Susie from their courtship and marriage to Charles’s passing and the 11 years Susie lived as a widow. Through all 36 years of their life together, Charles adored his wife. The love they shared was palpable. They were playful with each other even to their last days together, yet they were each a pillar of strength to one another during some of the most difficult and painful trials of their lives. It is easy to whitewash the lives of our heroes, but in the case of Charles and Susie, their lives were eminently worthy of imitation in virtually every aspect.
What most stood out to me was the love she and Charles shared. Many of his letters to Susie were saved and from the testimony of people who knew them best, it is clear that Charles adored his wife. He was in love from first to last, and I’ve accepted the challenge to leave a legacy of cherishing my wife like he did Susie.
I received this book from the publisher in order to provide this review. The opinions expressed are my own.