A new look for Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

Hello from Maryland, to all you faithful (and very patient) TSS readers. Today I draw attention to a new edition of Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening, which is perhaps the best written and most popular devotional in church history.

The new edition from Crossway appears in a multi-colored, Truetone (leather-like) cover. The editions break Spurgeon’s classic into two volumes, Morning by Morning and Evening by Evening. It’s nice to have two volumes since (as my wife noted) morning and evening reading are often completed in different areas.

As for the edited text of this version, the biblical texts are replaced with the ESV and the editing was completed by Alistair Begg who writes, “most of the changes are minor and will go largely undetected”. This edited version of the text was originally published in 2003 as one hardcover volume.

Overall, the volumes are very attractive and will make for a great gift idea for around $26.00. Consider snagging a set for your own devotional reading, too.

Here are some photographs of the unboxing to give you a glimpse of what to expect from the new Crossway edition. Click for larger views.

19 thoughts on “A new look for Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

  1. Quite interesting. The truetone is a marvelous cover material. And the form factor seems quite amenable to portability. For me, that’s a great plus.

  2. Tony….

    It’s great to have you back blogging on a regular basis. While you were gone my credit card had a “little break”.

    Just kidding. I really appreciate your book reviews especially with the photographs.

    Do you take those yourself? If so, you’re good at that as well.

    Again, many thanks for the efforts on this blog.

  3. Hello and thanks for the kind words about the photographs. Actually I use a wideangle lens (Sigma 20mm f/1.8) on a Canon digital Rebel XT and a homecooked lightbox getup to capture these images. There’s not much to it. But thanks for the kind words, they are encouraging. Blessings! Tony

  4. Hi Tony,

    Thanks for this recommendation. Are you able to comment on the stylistic differences between different versions of Morning and Evening, i.e. Crossway vs Hendricksen vs Barbour vs Whitaker House? Thanks so much!


  5. I checked with Crossway’s website to confirm my suspicion and, sure enough, along with the replacement of the KJV with the ESV, Alistair Begg has “carefully updated Spurgeon’s language.” So, Spurgeon’s original language has been tinkered with.

    Spurgeon doesn’t need any help to be understood.

    Sorry. No sale.

  6. Richard and Tom M: With respect, gentlemen, we need not view Alistair Begg’s editorial work in such a dim light.

    The transition from KJV to ESV as the foundational text would almost inevitably require a “careful updat[e]” of Spurgeon’s language at certain points, if only for the sake of continuity. Besides, for anyone familiar with Begg’s ministry, they know that Spurgeon is in trustworthy hands.

    While there is a certain poetic beauty to the original KJV, and to Spurgeon’s subsequent Victorian-era exposition, there is also a barrier here to readers today. “Elizabethean English” is no longer the common language of…anyone, really. So, do we value the KJV, with its occasional archaic expressions and quaint cadences, above all; or do we prize the unchanging Truth of the Gospel above all — and embrace efforts to keep it accessible? One man’s “tinkering” is another man’s “preservation.”

    Put me down for a set. Make that two.



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