Dwight Lyman Moody (February 5, 1837 – December 22, 1899), also known as D. L. Moody, was an American evangelist and publisher connected with the Holiness Movement, who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts (now Northfield Mount Hermon School), Moody Bible Institute and Moody Publishers.
Dwight Moody was born in Northfield, Massachusetts, to a large family. His father, Edwin J. Moody (1800–1841), a small farmer and stonemason, died at the age of 41 when Dwight was only four years old; his mother was Betsey Moody (née Holton; 1805–1896). They had five sons and a daughter before Dwight’s birth, with twins, a boy, and a girl, born one month after Edwin’s death. His mother struggled to support the family, but even with her best effort, some of her children had to be sent off to work for their room and board. Dwight too was sent off, where he received cornmeal, porridge, and milk three times a day. He complained to his mother, but when she found out that he got all that he wanted to eat, she sent him back. Even during that time, she continued to send them to church. Together with his eight siblings, he was raised in the Unitarian church. His oldest brother ran away and was not heard from by the family until many years later.
When Moody turned 17, he moved to Boston to work (after many job rejections) in an uncle’s shoe store. One of the uncle’s requirements was that Moody attend the Congregational Church of Mount Vernon where Dr. Edward Norris Kirk served as the pastor. In April 1855 Moody was then converted to evangelical Christianity when his Sunday school teacher, Edward Kimball, talked to him about how much God loved him. His conversion sparked the start of his career as an evangelist. However, his first application for church membership, in May 1855, was rejected. He was not received as a church member until May 4, 1856. As his teacher, Edward Kimball, stated:
“I can truly say, and in saying it I magnify the infinite grace of God as bestowed upon him, that I have seen few persons whose minds were spiritually darker than was his when he came into my Sunday School class; and I think that the committee of the Mount Vernon Church seldom met an applicant for membership more unlikely ever to become a Christian of clear and decided views of Gospel truth, still less to fill any extended sphere of public usefulness.”
“D.L Moody Collection” (10 Books)
D.L Moody – Heaven (in the D.L Moody Collection)
D.L Moody – Men of the Bible (in the D.L Moody Collection)
D.L Moody – Moody’s Anecdotes and Illustrations Related in His Revival Work by the Great EEvangelist(in the D.L Moody Collection)
D.L. Moody – The Collected Works of D. L. Moody – Ten Books in One (in the D.L Moody Collection)
D.L. Moody – Mornings With Moody – 365 Days of Devotion (in the D.L Moody Collection)
D.L. Moody – Moody’s Bible Characters Come Alive: With Many Dramatic Episodes (in the D.L Moody Collection)
D.L. Moody – Prevailing Prayer (in the D.L Moody Collection)
D.L. Moody – Secret Power (in the D.L Moody Collection)
D.L. Moody – The Way to God and How to Find It (in the D.L Moody Collection)
D.L. Moody – Weighed and Wanting Addresses on the Ten Commandments (in the D.L Moody Collection)
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