Steal Away Home-Charles Spurgeon & Thomas Johnson Unlikely Friends on the Passage to Freedom
A B&H LifeWay Review
If I had to describe this gem of a book in one word, I choose hope.
In today's time not many people are familiar with the names, Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson. Two guys who walked the planet back in the 1800's. Why take time in 2017 to read a story about people who no longer breathe?
One reason: Their legacy of hope and joy through suffering is a gift every single person in today's society needs to study.
The crafting of this story, so engaging in its literary style, presents a relationship based on bondage-though different in its nature-and the quest to find freedom in Christ alone.
Over 100 years ago, two very unlikely people intersect on their pilgrimages. A young boy from Essex, England inspired by the faith of his grandfather, but weighed down by depression and anxiety and a young boy from Virginia during the heights of the civil war, inspired by a wise mentor, but weighed down by the chains of slavery eventually met as men, through a chain of events set off by a book burning.
Charles H. Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson did not meet until later in life, but their stories as told by Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey are beautifully woven together in a way that is relevant, moving, and applicable. As explained in the Introduction, this book is not a biography or a history book. It's a story based on letters, books, journals and sermons. The authors researched for years and yes, they had to fill in the blanks at times. However, although I was familiar with Charles H. Spurgeon and his epic ministry, if not for this book, I would never have read more about his life and certainly would have missed out on the breathtaking relationship between two preachers who lit up the globe for Jesus, from England, to America, to remote places in Africa.
The title, "Steal Away Home", is from a hymn Thomas sang as a slave in Virginia.
I highly recommend for young and old alike. Beautiful story and much appreciation to the authors for taking the time to write it.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.