True But Unusual Facts About C. H. Spurgeon
One woman was converted through reading a single page of one of Spurgeon’s sermons wrapped around some butter she had bought.
Spurgeon read The Pilgrim’s Progress at age 6 and went on to read it over 100 times.
The New Park Street Pulpit and The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit—the collected sermons of Spurgeon during his ministry with that congregation—fill 63 volumes. The sermons’ 20-25 million words are equivalent to the 27 volumes of the ninth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The series stands as the largest set of books by a single author in the history of Christianity.
Spurgeon’s mother had 17 children, nine of whom died in infancy.
Spurgeon’s personal library contained 12,000 volumes—1,000 printed before 1700. (The library, 5,103 volumes at the time of its auction, is now housed at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.)
Before he was 20, Spurgeon had preached over 600 times.
Spurgeon typically read 6 books a week and could remember what he had read—and where—even years later.
Spurgeon once addressed an audience of 23,654—without a microphone or any mechanical amplification.
During his lifetime, Spurgeon is estimated to have preached to 10,000,000 people.
At least 3 of Spurgeon’s works (including the multi-volume Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit series) have sold more than 1,000,000 copies. One of these, All of Grace, was the first book ever published by Moody Press (formerly the Bible Institute Colporage Association) and is still its all-time best seller.