Seventeen-year-old Dwight Lyman Moody changed his name, moved to Boston, and began pursuing dreams of becoming a wealthy businessman. But God had other plans for him. Instead of business, evangelism was to be his life’s work. D.L. devoted his life to proclaiming the gospel, serving the poor, and mentoring fellow ministers. A leader of great vision, D. L. Moody served his fellow man through Civil War outreach, his Sunday school and church, and revival campaigns in America and abroad. His passion for bringing souls to Christ continues to be felt today in Christian education and ministry everywhere.
From D.L. Moody’s biography, I am very thankful for his persistence through many obstacles and setbacks. Most notably, there was this missionary tour he went on to Europe that had serious setbacks, losing his main backers and not being well received. 4 months into his 6-month trip, there was very little result, despite how he felt called by God to lead many to Christ going into this trip. But he continued to trust in God to open doors, and it is because he did not give up through that time, people started responding, and that 6 month extended into 2 years, during which C.T. Studd’s dad ended up receiving Christ (and C.T. became Christian because of his dad) and thousands of people came the Christ. His story showcased the importance of perseverance and continuing to trust in God despite setbacks and difficulties.
D.L. Moody is an awesome guy! He preached to millions of people such as civil war soldiers, poor children, the wealthy, college students, and his own family. He brought many people to Christ in his lifetime.
One part I particularly enjoyed was when the “boy preacher” stirred in Moody’s heart that God loves sinners as well, not just the people who do his will. This was a turning point for Moody and it changed his message, that God loves all. Furthermore, the bible was no longer a textbook to him and he would base his sermons on a passage and then use other scripture to back up the main passage.
D.L. Moody’s story is amazing! He was uneducated and yet his relentless passion and zeal for the Gospel led him to affect countless lives. I was really inspired to constantly remind myself of the power of the Gospel throughout this book.