DL Moody was an American evangelist in the 1800’s whose name you might here occasionally in sermons or Christian circles. He was born to a lower class farmer in Massachusetts and lost his father at the age of 4 years old. Determined to avoid the crushing money troubles that his family experienced as a result, Moody set out to make his fortune before he was 30 years of age and was well on his way to do so when He came to the Lord. While he was working as a shoe salesmen in Boston, his Sunday School teacher felt compelled to track him down at work and explain the Gospel to him and his conversion that day began the Christian life of one of the most accomplished evangelists in history.
A simple man without much of an education, Moody’s down to earth but Spirit filled preaching reached millions and changed the face of American Christianity. From the YMCA to modern Christian book publishing to popular Christian music, Moody had a hand in their development and success. Just an amazing guy!
I loved this book and really enjoyed learning more about Moody, a name that I had been generally familiar with but had put into a mental file of famous preachers. The author brings him to life and does a wonderful job of showing Moody’s faith, joy and reliance upon the Holy Spirit to do impossible things. He presents a picture of a man filled with the love of God, love for people and a willingness to anything he could to advance the Kingdom of God. I learned a lot that I try to apply to my life from Moody’s example.
If you get a chance, read this book. It is one of my new favorites.