Recommendation:  5/5

Description of author:  I suppose Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) needs no introduction.  He was perhaps the greatest preacher the English-speaking world has ever seen.

Comments:  This simple, yet profound little book is a primer on the Gospel.  Spurgeon systematically, lovingly and warmly pleads with the sinner to put his faith in Christ.  Simply yet minutely, he works through justification, faith, regeneration, repentance, sanctification, assurance, and perseverance.  Abundant illustrations and unambiguous language make this book a joy to read.  I especially recommend this book be given to unbelievers or to anyone who is not clear about what the gospel is.  Those who are mature in the faith will also gain from this book.  Here is a wonderful example of how to plead with sinners.  But perhaps more than anything, there is something about reading such a clear statement of the gospel that causes the heart to leap with joy, for it is the very gospel that has saved me.  So we sing with Fanny Crosby:  Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart every word; Tell me the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard!  We never grow weary of hearing about the Grace of God in Christ Jesus.