Moody, W.R. – The Life of D.L. Moody

D,L, Moody

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The Life of D.L. Moody

by William R. Moody (Moody’s son)

Summary

This is a 48 chapter biography of the famous Congregational Preacher, D.L. Moody by his son William. It covers the events of his life.

Other Works by Moody or About Moody

Content of The Life of D.L. Moody

This may well be the most famous biography of any Christian leader in any generation.

It is fitting that Bible Support would be the one to bring back for the multitudes of Bible-believing Christians the life of D. L. Moody, who won a million souls in America and England.

Of the twelve or fifteen biographies of Moody, this is the largest, the most colorful, the authentic, authorized biography, written soon after Mr. Moody’s death by his son, Wm. R. Moody.

Read it, preacher, and feel again the breath of Heaven on preaching! Read it, Christian, and see again how God can use a common, uneducated man, filled with the Spirit and wholly dedicated to soul winning! Read it, young people, and come to grips with the question: Will you wholly give yourself to stay with the inspired Bible, the virgin-born Saviour, the anointing Holy Spirit, as D. L. Moody did, and so serve God with all your hearts?

CHAPTER 1 EARLY LIFE

Puritan ancestry — Moody and Holton families — Two hundred years in Northfield — Parentage — Early death of father — Struggle of widowhood — Young Sunday school missionaries — Trust in God — Home discipline

CHAPTER 2 LEAVING HOME

A child’s adventurous journey — Love of fun — In the country schoolhouse — The pleasure worth the whipping — Ruling by love — A young horse-trader — A bright cent for the new boy — Ambition for larger sphere — Going to Boston — Disappointment — Behind the counter — Boyish pranks

CHAPTER 3 CONVERSION

Church attendance — Influence of a Sunday school teacher — Personal effort — A blessing in return — Admission to church membership deferred — Received later—Business and Christianity

CHAPTER 4 IN BUSINESS IN CHICAGO

Attraction of the new West — First experiences in the enterprising city — Revival times — As a commercial traveller — Business success

CHAPTER 5 FIRST ATTEMPTS AT CHRISTIAN WORK

A recruiting officer for a mission Sunday-school — The “North Market” Mission —Among the hoodlums — Busy Sundays — Novel methods — Muscular Christianity —Visit of Abraham Lincoln — Interesting sketch of extending influence — Unappreciated enthusiasm

CHAPTER 6 GIVING UP BUSINESS

A large trust — Putting new life into a dead prayer meeting — A struggle and a decision — The turning point — A class won for Christ — Increasing zeal — Into the highways and hedges — Praying with the Roman Catholic bishop Abrupt methods

CHAPTER 7 CITY MISSIONARY WORK

Varied occupations — Small beginnings — “Crazy Moody” — Among the waifs — Inspiration from Bible characters — New method of preaching — A friend’s testimony

CHAPTER 8 THE CIVIL WAR AND THE CHRISTIAN COMMISSION

Outbreak of the War — Mission boys off for the War — Quaker principles — In Camp Douglas — Among Confederate prisoners — Work at the front —In the hospital — Messages from the dying — The text that brought life — A personal experience — Major Whittle — General Howard — The Spanish War — Message to the churches— The new Christian Commission

CHAPTER 9 SUNDAY-SCHOOL CONVENTION WORK

Sunday school methods — Widening influence — A novel prayer meeting — Numerous calls —A discouraged church — The tide turned — To carry the county for Christ— Uniform lessons — National Convention

CHAPTER 10 EARLY EVANGELISTIC EFFORTS

The growth of the “North Market Hall” — Organizing a union church — Extended activities — Faith in early conversions — “Then you must be D L. Moody” — Resenting an insult — Heartfelt confession — Prayer in a billiard hall — How to reach the poor — Ever ready to learn

CHAPTER 11 CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION WORK

An enthusiastic worker — Noon prayer meetings — First permanent Association building in America — Farwell Hall burned — Rising from the ashes — “The lightning Christian” — Raising funds for Association work — Impressing others into service — Evangelistic effort — Open-air preaching

CHAPTER 12 YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION CONVENTIONS

Meeting of Mr. Moody and Mr. Sankey — Their first joint service — A week together in Chicago A permanent engagement — Association hints — Dealing with tramps

CHAPTER 13 FIRST VISIT TO GREAT BRITAIN

Anxious to study English methods of work — First address in London — Startling unconventionality — Starting the London noon prayer meeting — Visit to Bristol — “Wholly consecrated” — “I will try to be that man” — “I was there” — Warm friends won

CHAPTER 14 INFLUENCE OF HENRY MOOREHOUSE

A new epoch — The boy preacher — John 3:16 — One text for a full week — The man of one book — A strong friendship

CHAPTER 15 THE CHICAGO FIRE AND ITS RESULTS

Bible characters — The life of Christ — A question left unanswered — A new resolve — Thirst for spiritual power — Chicago in ruins — A humorous incident — A struggle with the elements — Love wins — Among the ruins — Rebuilding — A sacred experience — Indument of power — Letter to the church

CHAPTER 16 FIRST EXTENDED MISSION IN GREAT BRITAIN

A preliminary visit — A wonderful experience in London — Prayer answered — Home again — Urgent invitations to work in England — Left Chicago with Mr. Sankey — A time of testing — Arrival in Liverpool — Startling news — The courage of faith — “Will be in York tonight” — Only moderate success — In the North of England — Rapidly-growing interests — Recollections of Rev. F. B. Meyer — Sunderland and Newcastle — Pressing for decision

CHAPTER 17 BIRTH OF THE “MOODY AND SANKEY HYMN BOOK”

Newcastle the birthplace — Scarcity of American hymns — Sacred songs and solos — How the royalties were used — Completing the church in Chicago — A new book for American use — The American royalties — “Singing up buildings at Northfield” — The statement of William E. Dodge — Opinion of an eminent lawyer — Experience of George C. Stebbins — A tribute from James McGranahan

CHAPTER 18 THE AWAKENING IN EDINBURGH

Conservative Scotland — A noonday meeting established — Hearty endorsement by leading clergymen — Sankey’s “kist o’ whistles” — Opposition withdrawn — The Free Assembly Hall — Sectarian barriers removed — Circular letter to every minister in Scotland — A slanderous letter from Chicago amply refuted — Testimony of Dr. Horatius Bona

CHAPTER 19 IN GLASGOW AND THE SCOTTISH TOWNS

Preparatory services — Sympathy of Dr. Andrew A. Bonar — Mammoth gathering in the Botanical Gardens — In other Scottish centers — Forty years an invalid — How to meet the tempter — Henry Drummond — Summary of results by W. Robertson Nicoll

CHAPTER 20 IRISH AND ENGLISH CITIES

In Belfast — A general call to Christians — Hearty union of churches — Londonderry — Christian work in Dublin — In English towns — Testimonies from the ministry— A watch-night service — Estimate of Dr. W. R. Dale — Sermon from the four-leaved book — Appeal for Young Men’s Christian Associations

CHAPTER 21 THE LONDON CAMPAIGN

Reason for delayed visit to London — Use of printers’ ink — Great halls engaged — The great need of the metropolis — Influential helpers — Personal statement from Mr. Moody — Answering objections — His creed — Success from the first — A word of warning — Hand-to-hand work — Strange crowds — Opposition and misrepresentation — Caricatures of the press — Lord Chancellor Cairn’s sympathy — The tide turns — Endorsed by “The London Times” — A letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury — Typical meeting described — Mr. Moody’s regard for the Sabbath — Meeting with Mr. Gladstone — Charles H. Spurgeon

CHAPTER 22 THE LONDON CAMPAIGN CONTINUED

Great gathering of children — Busy days — Christian conventions — With Eaton boys at Windsor — Farewell meetings — Summary of the London work — Leaving England — Testimony as to results

CHAPTER 23 RETURN TO AMERICA

Reintroduced to his own country — Rest at Northfield — Purchasing a home — Besieged with invitations — Early plans for Northfield schools — Whittle and Bliss in Northfield — Past experiences and future plans

CHAPTER 24 BROOKLYN, PHILADELPHIA, AND NEW YORK

Mr. Moody’s influence with men of affairs — The campaign opened in Brooklyn — Influential endorsement — Supported by the press — Philadelphia — Old Pennsylvania Railroad Depot — Work among inebriates — The passing of the year — The venerable Dr. Plumer as instructor — Mr. Moody as an inquirer — New York — A strong committee — A remarkable Sunday morning service — The great evening throngs — A vivid portrayal — Estimates of the work — Thurlow Weed — Where are the converts today

CHAPTER 25 CHICAGO AND BOSTON

Welcomed in his old home city — Death of P. P Bliss — Large accessions to Chicago’s churches — In cultured Boston — Testimony of Joseph Cook — Missions in other cities — Later campaigns in difficult fields — Value of the individual — Objection to counting converts — Various missions compared

CHAPTER 26 SECOND EXTENDED MISSION IN GREAT BRITAIN

Visiting former fields — Illustrated sermons for the young — A Scottish tour — In England and Ireland — The crowning work in London — Extensive preparations — Great portable tabernacles — Hymn-book royalties — Reaching all classes — In Satan’s strongholds — Closing convention — A brief rest — Origin of Drummond’s “Greatest Thing in the World” — A mutual testimony

CHAPTER 27 LATER MISSIONS IN AMERICAN CITIES

Many centers moved — Interesting incidents — How a jailer was caught — On the Pacific coast — Too much reputation — Celebrating his sixtieth birthday — Refusing to grow old — Bearing a governor’s pardon — Invitation to Australia

CHAPTER 28 NORTHFIELD SEMINARY

Influence of his brother Samuel — Henry F. Durant and Wellesley College — Purchasing a school site — Dedication of East Hall — The plan of the schools — Study and recreation — Twentieth anniversary

CHAPTER 28 MOUNT HERMON SCHOOLS

First purchase of land — A generous gift — Original plan for young boys — Nominal fees— Manual labor — The school routine — Various courses — Religious atmosphere — Temptation Hill — An international gift — A former student’s testimony

CHAPTER 30 THE BIBLE INSTITUTE FOR HOME AND FOREIGN MISSIONS

Application entered for grandchildren — “Gap-men” training school — Tent work — Bible institutes — Permanent abode — Thorough organization — Continuous terms— Systematic Bible study — Training for the service of song — Record of ten years’ work

CHAPTER 31 AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS

The spirit of college students — Occasional visits to American colleges — Notable visits to Cambridge and Oxford — Cambridge students make sport of the meetings — Discouragements — “Some mothers’ sons” — Changing sentiment — Deep impressions — Student opposition repeated at Oxford — “Playing with forked lightning” — Fair play for an invited guest — Apology and support — A positive stand and a complete victory — College students’ conferences — The Student Volunteer Movement — Widespread influence

CHAPTER 32 NORTHFIELD CONFERENCES

The Christian Workers’ Conference — Early informal gatherings in Mr. Moody’s home — An inspiration and the outcome — The first general call — A modern Pentecost — Three thousand requests for prayer — Conservation, common sense, and caution — Pointed suggestions — Grace to bear rebuke — Frank retraction — Wide scope of the conference themes — Mr. Moody’s last conference call — Attendance of the New York Presbytery — Y. P. S. C. E

CHAPTER 33 VISIT TO THE HOLY LAND

Kind invitations — Touching responses — Few real holidays — Final acceptance — With St. Paul in Rome — The Pope’s money not good in Rome — In the land of the Pharaohs — Off for Palestine — Carriage ride to Jerusalem — On holy ground — Preaching on Calvary — Hebron — Bethlehem — The Mount of Olives — Making friends with native children — Backsheesh — Easter in the Holy City — Return to Egypt, Italy, and England — Working while resting

CHAPTER 34 CAPACITY FOR WORK

Magnificent constitution — Genius of generalship — Desire to visit Australia — Disappointment — Invitation to Scotland accepted — Christmas day meetings — Visit to Ireland — A trying schedule — Almost exhausted — Medical examination and a warning

CHAPTER 35 IN PERIL ON THE DEEP

Sailing from Southampton — A fine steamer — Bright prospects — A terrible shock — A broken shaft — A sinking vessel — Terrified passengers — An awful night — Seven hundred souls awaiting their doom — Gen. O. O. Howard — Steamer in sight — Rescue — Eight anxious days — Safe in port — Thanksgiving — A new start — Welcome home

CHAPTER 36 WORLD’S FAIR CAMPAIGN

A great opportunity — The man for the hour — Planning ahead — A vow taken — Burning zeal — Great generalship required — Strange meeting-places — In the theaters — The great circus tent — Wonderful financial support — World-wide prayers — Marvelous interest — Great results

CHAPTER 37 THE USE OF THE PRESS

Appreciating its power — Attitude regarding its criticisms — Personal statements — No compromise with Sunday papers — The Gospel in print — Convention reports — Bible notes — Printed sermons — Ingersoll and Moody — Dearth of religious literature in small cities — Country districts worse — A heroic plan — The Colportage Library — Far-reaching effects — The Gospel in the prisons — Definite results

CHAPTER 38 PREPARING SERMONS

Professor Drummond’s estimate — Early attempts at public address — First “Bible readings” — How sermons were prepared — Topical study — Should a sermon be repeated? — Envelope compilations — Three necessary books — Mr. Moody’s Bibles

CHAPTER 39 ASKING AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS

Learning as well as teaching — Other men’s thoughts — The temperance problem — What can a layman do? — The “after-meeting” — The use of the stereopticon — “Would you advise one to go into the ministry?” — Elocution — Too many churches — How to reach strangers — Unconverted church members — How to reach young men — How to overcome nervousness — Aiming at the heart

CHAPTER 40 LATER EXPERIENCES WITH THE YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATIONS

Continued loyalty to the organization — Lifting financial burdens — Zealous for evangelistic effort —$150,000 secured for Brooklyn Association, $200,000 for New York — A wise investment in St. Louis — Saving the Philadelphia Association from collapse — Use of hymn-book royalties — Securing a building for Richmond, Va. — $84,000 raised for San Francisco — His influence in Albany — Personal experiences — Examples of enthusiastic effort — With a railway president — A good story — Helping British Associations — Memorial tribute

CHAPTER 41 THE INQUIRY ROOM

Mr. Moody’s idea — Personal dealing — Authority from the Scriptures — No set rules — Peculiar cases — Not a confessional — Cautions and suggestions — How to become a worker in the inquiry room

CHAPTER 42 HIS BELIEF AND PRACTICE

Standing by the Book — A mutilated Bible — Christianity vs. infidelity — “I stand by Jonah” — No new remedy for sin — The Northfield platform — Mr. Moody’s church membership — A statement of the church’s position — Methods of work — Independent but devoted — Abnegation of self — The paramount object

CHAPTER 43 TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS

A character that could bear rigid examination — “This one thing I do” — Consecrated common sense — Often standing alone — Modest simplicity — “I am a most overestimated man” — Abhorrence of show — A hero worshipper — Determination — Intense conviction — Avoidance of “lobbies” — Judging human nature — Firm friendships — Mr. Sankey’s tribute — Professor Towner’s personal testimony — Faithful in rebuke — Among his own townspeople — Bravery tested and not found wanting — Quick perception — Always himself — As a father confessor — A Chinese estimate

CHAPTER 44 IN THE HOME CIRCLE

Love of country life — In the barnyard — Early rising — Affection for his mother — As a grandfather — Characteristic letters — A true husband and father — Tender and loving to the end — The loss of his grandchildren — His touching tributes

CHAPTER 45 WITHIN THE GATES

“Were you ever homesick for Heaven?” — Tribute to his mother — “Comforted to comfort” — Kansas City — Great gatherings — The collapse of strength — Letter to a dear friend — His last sermon — A prophecy — The last plea — The homeward journey — Messages by the way — Back in Northfield — Days of anxiety — “Ready for either” — Last messages — “Within the portals of Heaven” — Death is not hard — No valley here — Thinking of others to the last — Conscious to the end — An abundant entrance — His own testimony

CHAPTER 46 AT REST ON ROUND TOP

A victor — Absence of crape — Triumphant mourning — His own plan — Natural in death — The funeral services — Exultant victory — Heartfelt tributes — A call to larger service — A remarkable incident — A token from the skies — A face illumined — Laid to rest — Round Top — Victory

CHAPTER 47 MEMORIAL SERVICES

Meetings in London —Boston — Brooklyn — New York — Northfield

CHAPTER 48 TRIBUTES FROM ENGLISH FRIENDS

Rev. F. B. Meyer — Rev. G. Campbell Morgan

 

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