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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802451810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802451811
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"D.L. Moody was a towering giant of the faith, an anointed and powerful communicator of the gospel, and, most of all a man exemplifying the humility and love for Christ. He is truly a model for all age groups. This book is an insightful look at a great man of God." -- -Bill Bright Founder and President Campus Crusade for Christ --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Lyle Dorsett, one of America's foremost historians, writes with the insight and passion of an evangelist.  That's why this book throbs with wonder.  More than a definitive study on Moody, it gets to the heart of things, and shows how God can work through a man willing to take Him at His Word and let the Holy Spirit have His way.  Read it, it has a tonic for your soul.
-Robert E. Coleman, Director of the School of World Missions and Evangelism, Trinity International University

I thoroughly enjoyed each chapter and gladly recommend it.  Chapter four alone, on Moody and the Civil War, is worth the price of the book.
-George Sweeting, Chancellor Emeritus, Moody Bible Institute

Lyle Dorsett has written a fascinating account of D. L. Moody's life, using new materials in previously unpublished letters to demonstrate his humility, his relationship with his family and deep concern for his children, his interest in immigrants and poor young women, and his undaunted confidence in the young.  This will be of great interest to evangelists, all Moody scholars, and the general public.
-Patty Stout, Great-granddaughter of D. L. Moody

D. L. Moody was a towering giant of the faith, an anointed powerful communicator of the gospel, and, most of all, a man exemplifying the humility and love of Christ.  He is truly a model for all age groups.  This book is an insightful look at a great man of God.
-Bill Bright, Founder and Former President, Campus Crusade for Christ International

D. L. Moody may have lived 100 years ago, but his life's story speaks to this generation with the same power that it did in the 19th century.  Here is the story of an ordinary man who rose from poverty with only a minimum of education to bring two continents, Europe and North America, to repentance.  No one can read this book without getting tremendously excited, motivated, and deeply moved by God.
-Luis Palau, International Evangelist

To our desperate world struggling with broken families, poverty, and hopelessness, D. L. Moody brings visionary inspiration.  To our jaded world looking on men of God with skepticism, and even cynicism, D. L. Moody brings integrity.  To our self-centered world starving for love, D. L. Moody brings a Christ-centered passion for souls.
-Gene Getz, Author, MBI: The Story of Moody Bible Institute

Biographers of D. L. Moody have tended to praise him as a spiritual hero or reduce his efforts to a function of historical circumstance.  The great merit of Lyle Dorsett's new biography is to combine spiritual insight with unusually wide research.  The result is a book that positions Moody in his times, but which also provides Christian reasons for why he was so important in those times, and since.
-Mark A. Noll, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College


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Read the book and be challenged.
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His life was amazingly full and he sought God's will in everything he did.
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Well researched and well written history of D.L. Moody by Lyle Dorsett..
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Any time spent reading about the life and work of D.L. Moody is well worth it. Moody impacted his generation for Christ the way Billy Graham has impacted ours. Details of Moody's Spirit anointed ministry are well researched and clearly presented in this excellent work by Lyle Dorsette. If you want to see what God can do through a person who is totally committed to Him, buy this book and read it carefully. Then, put it in your Church library for others to enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2010
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"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen." -- Matthew 28:18-20

Of evangelism's household names from the last few centuries, I had heard more of D. L. Moody but knew less about him than any of the others. While researching a devotional for our church's Web site, one of our pastors encouraged me to look up how D. L. Moody was saved. Finding that story to be moving, naturally I went back and read the rest of the book. I was glad I did. I had no idea of the institutional influence that D. L. Moody has had on American Christianity.

I was again struck by how the Holy Spirit can bring someone to Salvation with only a little involvement by believers. It's more important to be serious about following the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) than it is to be a great Bible scholar, debater of Christian doctrine, or organizer of meetings for the saved.

Surveys show that 95 percent of American Christians never share their faith outside of their families, even though those who regularly share their faith take great joy in the activity.

In addition to reading and learning from A Passion for Souls, I recommend you take your own passion for souls as a way to follow Jesus and learn how to apply it in being a continual witness for Him.

May God bless you, your family, and all you do in the name of Jesus to help the lost to learn about Salvation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Bailey on December 3, 2009
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I had a free download of this and have listened to over 17 hours narrated by Jonathan Marosz. It has been a real eye-opener for me although I thought I knew a bit about Moody. The author, Lyle W. Dorsett, is an affectionate recorder of the Moody phenomena but not without attempting to measure the man and his work.

I had no real idea of the way that the Moody years have shaped what became the consensus of evangelicalism for the whole of the 20th century. Moody's son commented that Moody's single ambition was 'to proclaim the good news of the gospel through multiplied agencies'. It was the 'multiplied agencies' that I had missed. He stamped his personality and pattern on the whole evangelical world, for good or ill. Evangelistic agencies, YMCAs, Bible colleges, schools, missionary outreaches, international travel were all part of the multiplied agencies. There can be no doubt that he brought millions of individuals face to face with their need for a personal encounter with Christ. How successful those encounters were cannot be measured. His fund raising abilities were legendary and he used what have now become stock in trade methods of mail hits and newspaper publicity. He never appealed for his own financial needs but never hesitated to use his powers and influence to raise huge sums of money for evangelistic campaigns and agencies.

Moody comes through as a man with a genuine gift for loyal friendship and a large heart. His fame gave him access to wide ranges of society and his burden was always to point them to their need for Christ. His energies were also legendary, as was his ability to conscript others into his campaigns.

Dorsett has a final chapter called 'a retrospect' in which he attempts to assess the strengths and weaknesses of Moody as a man and as a model.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. DeClercq on January 18, 2009
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this is a great book. It is exciting and Moody's passion for God and serving with his all is inspiring. I enjoyed this book so much that I bought a copy for my dad for Christmas.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James T Humphrey II on November 6, 2000
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A a student of the scriptures, and being passionate about the Christian faith, this book will inspire you to grow in your faith. This book is about the inspiring DL Moody, and his life. You will read of his trials/tribulations, victories, and other moments of the life of this great evangelist.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeanine on November 17, 2011
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"A Passion for Souls" is one of those books that I continue to think back on, though I read it a year ago. Lyle W. Dorsett did an excellent job of communicating the personality, heart, and devotion of D.L. Moody. This book impacted me in many ways. I was encouraged and challenged by Moody's heart for evangelism, and his tireless dedication to serving God no matter what the cost. In Moody's early days he shared the gospel with children in poor neighborhoods. He was one of the few who had the courage to go into the worst district of Chicago, known as the "the Sands" or "Little Hell". He also shared the gospel with soldiers during the civil war and worked with the YMCA. He served in Chicago, Boston, New York, and overseas.

Lyle W. Dorsett did a phenominal job of describing Moody as a real person. He didn't set him up on a pedistal as a spirital giant that no one can relate to. Instead, he showed his flaws as well as his strengths. He didn't hide the mistakes that Moody made or gloss over poor decisions. I felt I had a real sense of the kind of man that Moody was. He had a passion for God and a passion for reaching the lost. You can't read this book without examining your own heart and involvement with sharing the gospel. He also did a good job of describing Moody's family, especially his wife, Emma, and the struggles they faced together. They lost their home in the Chicago fire, and both did not hold tightly to the things of this world, but continually trusted God for his provision. Mr. Dorsett wrote that Moody gave a sermon at Farwell Hall shortly before the fire bell rang, and he never asked the people to surrender to Christ. Many people died that night, and this impacted his determination to always give people the opportunity to turn to Christ after every message.
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