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D. L. Moody

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A plainspoken follower of Jesus, Dwight L. Moody embodies passionate, unflinching obedience to God. It’s 1860, the eve of America’s Gilded Age. A man in a gray, woolen suit stands in a dilapidated building in Chicago’s “Little Hell,” a slum forgotten by the world. He is surrounded by grimy children, attentive and watchful in this makeshift school Moody established just for them.

They are waiting for Abraham Lincoln to speak. Why America’s greatest president and one of America’s most celebrated spiritual giants are among the poorest of the poor is just the beginning of D.L. Moody, a biography with a novel-like narrative style that unveils the eternal power one life can have.

This book reintroduces the unlikely accomplishments of a man desperate to obey God’s call and shows how one committed heart can impact the kingdom of God and the spiritual heritage of a nation.

We learn about life through the lives of others. Their experiences, their trials, their adventures become our schools, our chapels, our playgrounds. Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church through prose as accessible and concise as it is personal and engaging. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. Whether the person is D.L. Moody, Sergeant York, Saint Nicholas, John Bunyan, or William F. Buckley, we are now living in the world that they created and understand both it and ourselves better in the light of their lives. Their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

Reading Guides

1.  For many, D. L. Moody is a familiar name. More than a few people have some prior knowledge of his life and accomplishments. That said, did you read about things in this book that were new to you? If so, what were they?

2.  D. L. Moody came from very humble beginnings. Can you think of other prominent Christian leaders who were born in humble circumstances, and yet were led of God in later life to do great things? How do you think their early life shaped them? How did D. L. Moody’s early life shape him?

3.  D. L. Moody was a person of tremendous spiritual depth. What things about his spiritual life made the deepest impression upon you?

4.  D. L. Moody was blessed with many great friendships throughout his life. How important do you think these friendships were to him? How are friendships important to you in your Christian walk?

5.  Love is perhaps the most prominent and recurring theme of Moody’s preaching. Why do you think this was so? And why is this important?

6.  Moody placed great importance on the role of stories in his preaching. How do you think stories help to communicate spiritual truths?

7.  D. L. Moody was unconventional in many ways. To use a more modern phrase, he often thought “outside the box.” Was this trait a kind of holy boldness? Did it serve him well?

8.  Those who knew Moody best described him as a person of great humility, and as someone who possessed a teachable heart. Many people admired him for this. How important do you think humility and a teachable heart are?

9.  Moody’s preaching was often interspersed with vivid word pictures. Did his gift for crafting vivid, winsome, and compelling sermons take you by surprise?

10.Moody was a person who had very little formal education, and yet he went on to establish several schools. Education was at the heart of his ministry, and his concern for young people. What does this tell you about him?

11.Moody sometimes spoke out against “cold and lifeless conformity” within Christian churches. He was deeply concerned that many seekers might be turned off if they encountered Christians who were indifferent to coming alongside people at their point of need—in short, that seekers might encounter Christians who were not as loving as they should be. Was he right to be concerned about this?

12.Many famous people, among them A. T. Pierson and Lord Shaftesbury, admired Moody’s gifts as a preacher. Based upon your reading of this book, what impressed you most about Moody’s preaching?

13.Escape from the Great Chicago Fire, a ship in danger of sinking at sea, and moments of great violence amid the battlefields of the Civil War—Moody experienced many dramatic moments in his life. How do you think they shaped him?

14. As contemporary newspaper account suggest, Moody was a highly influential man in his lifetime. How do you think his influence continues today?

 

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A plainspoken follower of Jesus, Dwight L. Moody embodies passionate, unflinching obedience to God. It’s 1860, the eve of America’s Gilded Age. A man in a gray, woolen suit stands in a dilapidated building in Chicago’s “Little Hell,” a slum forgotten by the world. He is surrounded by grimy children, attentive and watchful in this makeshift school Moody established just for them.

They are waiting for Abraham Lincoln to speak. Why America’s greatest president and one of America’s most celebrated spiritual giants are among the poorest of the poor is just the beginning of D.L. Moody, a biography with a novel-like narrative style that unveils the eternal power one life can have.

This book reintroduces the unlikely accomplishments of a man desperate to obey God’s call and shows how one committed heart can impact the kingdom of God and the spiritual heritage of a nation.

We learn about life through the lives of others. Their experiences, their trials, their adventures become our schools, our chapels, our playgrounds. Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church through prose as accessible and concise as it is personal and engaging. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. Whether the person is D.L. Moody, Sergeant York, Saint Nicholas, John Bunyan, or William F. Buckley, we are now living in the world that they created and understand both it and ourselves better in the light of their lives. Their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

More Information

Length 208 Pages
Series Christian Encounters Series
Publication Date October 12, 2010
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 159555047X
ISBN-13 9781595550477
Height 6.8"
Width 4.9"