A new book tells the little-known story of the prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon, and his unlikely friendship with Thomas Johnson, an American slave who later became a missionary.
The book is titled, Steal Away Home: Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson, Unlikely Friends on the Passage to Freedom, by Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey.
According to the synopsis:
Thomas Johnson and Charles Spurgeon lived worlds apart.
Johnson, an American slave, born into captivity and longing for freedom–Spurgeon, an Englishman born into relative ease and comfort, but, longing too for a freedom of his own. Their respective journeys lead to an unlikely meeting and an even more unlikely friendship, forged by fate and mutual love for the mission of Christ.
Steal Away Home is a new kind of book based on historical research, tells a previously untold story set in the 1800’s of the relationship between an African-American missionary and one of the greatest preachers to ever live.
Authors Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey tell a compelling story in a fresh, new way about one of Christianity’s most famed ministers. Readers will discover, perhaps for the first time, Spurgeon was merely one among many in a court of London preachers.
StealAwayHomeBook.com provides the following information about the authors.
Matt Carter serves as the Pastor of Preaching and Vision at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, which has grown from a core team of fifteen to more than eight-thousand attending each Sunday since he planted it in 2002. Matt has co-authored multiple books including a commentary on the Gospel of John in The Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series and two group studies, Creation Unraveled and Creation Restored, which traced the gospel message through the book of Genesis. He holds an M.Div. from Southwestern Seminary and a Doctorate in Expositional Preaching from Southeastern Seminary. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for more than twenty years, and they have three children, John Daniel, Annie, and Samuel.
Aaron Ivey is the Pastor of Worship at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, where he pastors a team of three hundred worship leaders, artists, storytellers, and musicians. Aaron has written and produced ten worship albums, and has written hundreds of congregational worship songs that are sung all over the world. His songwriting includes works represented in Worship Together, Jesus Culture, Capitol Music Group, Doxology & Theology, and Austin Stone Worship. Passionate about mentoring and developing young leaders and world changers, Aaron spends much of his time communicating on topics of leadership, theology, art, and culture. He and his wife Jamie have been married for fifteen years, and have four children, Cayden, Amos, Deacon, and Story.