Children’s Book Review — The Woman Who Loved To Give Books

Rebecca Vandoodewaard. The Woman Who Loved To Give Books Edinburgh, UK: Banner of Truth, 2017. Board Books. $9.

ISBN: 9781848717268

You can purchase the book here.


Here is a description of the book from the publisher’s website.

What does Mrs. Spurgeon do when her house is full of books?

She gets a new house, but she also gets a great idea…

In The Woman Who Loved to Give Books, find lions on a shelf, a bird in a cage, and an opal ring as you read the story of Susannah Spurgeon’s service for the Lord.

These simple stories, written with 1-3 year olds in mind, have beautiful, engaging illustrations that will have your children asking you to read them over and over!

Hear the author herself tell you why she wrote these books.


I am really happy to finally post my review of this book and the rest of this series of books that I have purchased and read. Children love to be read to and need to be read to, and this series gives me something exciting to read to my children that I hope will have an impact on them for eternity.

The Woman Who Loved To Give Books is a short depiction of the life of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of the prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon. Faced with a difficult illness, Susannah wonders how she can serve God. And then she finds just the way!

This was a fun book because I really enjoy Charles Spurgeon and to see how his wife handled her suffering and still sought to serve the Lord in unique ways is encouraging. As always with the Banner Board Books, the illustrations are excellent, providing plenty of details for little ones to get lost in and conversation-starting ideas as your kids get older. It is a joy to see depictions of Christianity in books. From Whitefield preaching outdoors to Luther teaching the Bible at his dinner table and here—to see Spurgeon heralding the Word from his pulpit, I am glad to be able to share that with my little boys.

I am also appreciative of something I noticed in all the books in this series that I own. Instead of calling the main character “Susannah,” the author chooses to refer to her as “Mrs. Spurgeon.” Likewise, Charles Spurgeon is “Mr. Spurgeon.” Little things like this show that the author is truly trying to give parents a tool to raise children in the Lord who respect adults. Well done!

I wholeheartedly endorse this book along with the rest of the series.

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