I’d like to thank Christian Focus Publications for giving me a copy of D.L. Moody: One Devoted Man by Nancy Drummond in return for my honest review.
D.L. Moody (1837-1899) was a most unlikely Christian evangelist.
Poor, uneducated, and raised in a Unitarian church, he had no of the markings of a future pastor. Yet he was saved at 17 and a desire to see souls come to Christ was ignited within him.
Dwight Lyman Moody
Dwight Lyman Moody was spent much of his time as an adult ministering in the city of Chicago, moving from Boston before he was 20.
He began work as a shoe salesman, and in his off-hours he taught Sunday School, fishing for students in run-down neighborhoods. Not content to teach just a few children to know Christ, D.L. Moody expanded his ministry renting a dance hall, cleaning it out Sunday mornings, then walking through the neighborhood to collect children before hold a service again in the evening, this time for adults.
His Sunday School soon had an attendance of–wait for it–1,500 students.
The services grew, D.L. Moody quit his shoe-selling job, and he dedicated himself to full-time service of the gospel. Moody served the Lord through the Civil War, ministering to soldiers.
His ministry continued to grow until he was traveling to the UK to preach, and holding evangelical campaigns at home in America as well. Undoubtedly thousands came to Christ, though D.L. Moody refused to keep score.
D L Moody Biography for Kids
Nancy Drummond’s new book, D.L. Moody: One Devoted Man (CF4K, 2015) is a great way for kids aged 8-14 to learn about the life of the 19th century American evangelist who sought to bring as many as possible to eternal life in Jesus Christ as possible.
One of the things I earnestly love about Christian Focus’ Trailblazers series (which now has 62 biographies!) for 8-14 year olds is that the stories read like novels. Kids really feel like they’re part of the story. I also love the fact that reading biographies of earnest Christians to kids helps build their faith and their character. Honestly, I’ll probably read these books on lazy Sunday afternoons when my kids are grown. (If they don’t insist on taking them with them, which I expect they will. I may have to buy more copies!)
Nancy Drummond grew up as a missionary child in Jamaica before becoming an educator and spending many years as a Sunday School teacher. She’s now a youth leader, wife and mother. She’s written three other book in the Traiblazers line.
DL Moody: One Devoted Man coordinates with studies involving:
- The 19th Century
- The Great Chicago Fire
- The American Civil War
- The United Kingdom
- Commitment to live wholeheartedly for Christ
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More Christian Focus Trail Blazers Books for Your Kids
Our family loves the Christian Focus Trail Blazers books. They’re perfect for ages 7-14. We read them as we studied history! Check them out.
Eric Liddell: Finish the RaceJohn Chrysostom: The Preacher in the Emperor’s CourtSamuel Rutherford: The Law, the Prince and the ScribeFrancis & Edith Schaeffer: Taking on the WorldTitanic: The Ship of DreamsWilliam Tyndale: The Smuggler’s FlameWilfred Grenfell: Courageous DoctorDietrich Bonhoeffer: A Spoke in the WheelElisabeth Elliot: Do the Next ThingBetty Greene: Courage Has WingsUlrich Zwingli: Shepherd WarriorLilias Trotter: Daring in the DesertIsobel Kuhn: Lights in LisulandJim Elliot: He Is No FoolGeorge Müller: The Children’s ChampionAdoniram Judson: Danger on the Streets of GoldPatricia St. John: The Story Behind the StoriesHelen Roseveare: On His Majesty’s ServiceJohn Newton: A Slave Set FreeJohn Calvin: After Darkness LightJohn Knox: The Sharpened SwordBilly Graham: Just get up out of your SeatRichard Wurmbrand: A Voice in the DarkMary Slessor: Servant to the SlaveJoni Eareckson Tada: Swimming Against the TideHudson Taylor: An Adventure BeginsAugustine: The Truth SeekerPatrick of Ireland: The Boy Who ForgaveBrother Andrew: Behind Enemy LinesLottie Moon: Changing China for ChristD L Moody: One Devoted ManNate Saint: Operation AucaJohn Welch: The Man Who Couldn’t Be StoppedMichael Faraday: Spiritual DynamoWilliam Wilberforce: The Freedom FighterC. S. Lewis: The Story Teller: Trailblazers SeriesJonathan Edwards: America’s GeniusCharles Spurgeon: Prince of PreachersGeorge Müller: The Children’s ChampionGeorge Whitefield: Voice That Woke the WorldAmy Carmichael: Rescuer By NightMary of Orange: At the Mercy of KingsMartyn Lloyd-Jones: From Wales to WestminsterHannah More: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Stop WritingFanny Crosby: The Blind Girl’s SongPaul Brand: The Shoes That Love MadeFrances Ridley Havergal: The Girl Who Loved MountainsCorrie Ten Boom: The Watchmaker’s DaughterGladys Aylward: No Mountain Too HighJohn Bunyan: Journey of a PilgrimDavid Brainerd: A Love for the LostJohn G. Paton: South Sea Island RescueBilly Bray: Saved From the Deepest PitJohn Stott: The Humble LeaderBill Bright: Dare to be DifferentCharles Simeon: For Christ in Cambridge (Trail Blazers)William Carey: Expecting Great Things (Trail Blazers)Jack Turner: Truth in the Arctic (Trail Blazers)Elaine Townsend: At Home Around the World (Trail Blazers)Thomas Clarkson: The Giant With One Idea (Trailblazers)John and Betty Stam: To Die is Gain (Trail Blazers)Maud Kells: Fearless in the Forest (Trail Blazers)Jim Elliot: He Is No Fool (Trail Blazers)Elizabeth Prentiss: More Love (Trailblazers)
Christian Biographies for Kids | Christian History for Kids | Theology for Kids
Christian History Matters for Our Kids.
History matters. Now, more than ever, we see how important it is for our children to know and understand history and the Bible.
- God is the sovereign ruler of all things. It’s important for our kids to see his hand in the history of nations and in the lives of both peasants and kings.
- Christian history is the story of our family history. Our kids get to see how people who love Jesus follow him.
- Understanding history can help our kids learn historic and biblical theology. They learn what the Bible says and what that means for us. They also see when the study of Scripture has taken important turns that have changed the Church.
- Reading Christian biographies and history can be a wonderful way for kids to think outside their own time and culture. God’s Church spans centuries and includes people from every nation.
- Christian biographies help kids consider their own faith, walk with Jesus, and the impact their witness may one day have on others–and on history.
The Who What Why Series is the perfect resource to teach your kids about history, while helping them apply biblical truths to their lives today.
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