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A Passion for Souls: The Life of D. L. Moody Paperback – October 1, 2003
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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.
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Lyle Dorsett has written a fascinating account of D. L. Moody's life, using new materials in previously unpublished letters to demonstrate his humility, his relationship with his family and deep concern for his children, his interest in immigrants and poor young women, and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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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.
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.
I have to say that this was an amazing book, and if you want to learn more about D.L. Moody this is the book to read. There are numerous pictures of Moody and his family and Mr. Dorsett writes in a clear and easy manner. Mr. Dorsett wrties not only about Moody, but about the many people he impacted and who came along side him and served with him in the ministry. Moody had several close christian friends who funded his efforts, and layed their treasure in heaven. I will definitely be reading more books written by Lyle Dorsett.
Many evangelicals, including numerous pastors and educators, shy away from talk of the Holy Spirit. However, this work convinced me that He should be a much greater part of my testimony and preaching. More importantly, it showed me the value of yielding everything in my life to His passions and purposes.
I was further moved by the discussion of Henry Moorhouse's preaching and its affect on Moody. If I'd been around then, I have little doubt that I, like Moody, would have found Moorhouse a nuisance . Yet, the account in Chapter 3 of Moorhouse's sharing God's love really struck me. Due to reading this section, I aim to share the message of God's love more freely in the future. Also, through reading about Moorhouse and others, I sensed a personal need to be more sensitive to the development of young leaders.
There is also a great deal about Moody's ministry during the Civil War, contributions to Christian education, family heritage, etc., throughout this fine volume. However, I'd rather not summarize those sections here. Discover this book for yourself!