“I have to bless God for many good books… but my gratitude most of all is due to God, not for books, but for the preached Word,—and that too addressed to me by a poor, uneducated man, a man who had never received any training for the ministry, and probably will never be heard of in this life; a man engaged in business, no doubt of a humble kind, during the week, but who had just enough of grace to say on the Sabbath, ‘Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.’ The books were good, but the man was better. The revealed Word awakened me; but it was the preached Word that saved me. And I must ever attach peculiar value to the hearing of the truth, for by it I received the joy and peace in which my soul delights.”
–Charles H. Spurgeon, C. H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography, Vol. 1 (Chicago: Curts & Jennings, 1898), 104.