Lewis Drummond's life story of Spurgeon brought me immense joy, as this gifted writer crafted one of the finest (and exhaustively researched) biographies I have ever read. This book, and Spurgeon's Morning & Evening Devotions book, has encouraged me to order (in the fall) Spurgeon's 5 volume sermon set and his The Treasury of David (updated in modern English version). Other great CBD biographies: John G. Paton (autobiography); Jonathan Edwards (by Marsden); The Divine Dramatist (by Stout); and John Newton (by Cecil). All terrific books!
I heartily concur with the previous reviewer; Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers was not only the best biography I've ever worked through (by far), it was one of the best books of any genre that I've ever read. Drummond's writing style is clear and easily understood. He goes into unbelievable detail (too much detail, at times) in tracing out all sorts of facets of Spurgeon's life and work (you go away thinking Spurgeon possessed nearly every virtue attainable, except control of the tongue). One dominant theme of the book (very encouraging to those of us preachers) is that preaching is one of the primary means that the Lord uses to grow his church. Note well the great length of the book - It took me probably around 50 hours to read it entirely. My only problem with the book is that Drummond occasionally allows his own theological opinions to show through, opinions that are not as conservative (might I say biblical?) as Spurgeon's.
I had to do extensive research on Spurgeon as part of a Doctoral program in Evangelism and Church Growth. Of all the books that I consulted on Spurgeon, this one is by far the best. It is the best biography I have ever read, and it is one of the best books I have ever read. It is a large book, but don't let it scare you away. It is fairly easy to read and a sheer delight. Challenging. Uplifting. Inspiring.