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The True Story of Susannah Spurgeon, The Pastor’s Wife Who Didn’t Let Sickness Stop Her

Mary K. Mohler | 2 Apr 2024

The following text is the full biography timeline featured in the back of our new children’s book exploring the inspirational story of Susannah Spurgeon's life. It is part of our Do Great Things for God series, a collection of beautifully illustrated biographies written to excite young children about the great things they can do for God. This book can be read to young children aged 4-5 and read by children aged 6 or older. Click here to download free biography worksheets for kids to fill in. 

15 January 1832 Susannah Thompson was born in London, England. She was known as Susie.

18 December 1853 Susie heard Charles Spurgeon preach at New Park Street Chapel.

4 February 1855 Susie was baptized by Charles Spurgeon.

8 January 1856 Charles and Susie were married and took a wedding trip to France.

7 October 1857 Charles preached to 24,000 people at the Crystal Palace.

18 March 1861 The new church, Metropolitan Tabernacle, opened and could seat 6,000 people.

1868 Susie’s sickness got worse. She had surgery but was no longer able to travel.

1872 Charles’ health got worse, and he often had to leave London to get better.

1875 Susie started the Book Fund, a project to send copies of Charles’ books to poor pastors. She sent about 200,000 books in all.

31 January 1892 Charles Spurgeon died while by the sea in France.

1895 Susie helped raise money to build a Baptist church at Bexhill-on-Sea.

1896, 1898 and 1901 Susie’s three devotional books were published.

20 April 1898 The Metropolitan Tabernacle was badly damaged by a fire. Susie helped raise money to rebuild it.

22 October 1903 Susie died at home and was buried in London next to her husband.

You can learn more about Susie's amazing life in Susannah Spurgeon: The Pastor's Wife Who Didn't Let Sickness Stop Her.

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