Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: D.L. Moody: A Life by Kevin Belmonte

Review: D.L. Moody: A Life
Kevin Belmonte
Moody Publishers

Belmonte has told Moody’s story so well that only the toughest will not shed a tear in the final chapter.  The narrative reads like good fiction.  

Moody was a member of an exceptional generation in Western history.  That generation saw unmatched wealth and poverty, invention, education, and opportunity---for some, but not others.  Think of the stories of Charles Dickens to imagine this period, or the US before the Civil War and after.  Moody knew the hard side of this period, especially after his father died leaving his family destitute.  But for family and community who knows what Moody would have become. However, his hardships made him more attuned to those around him. So as it turned out, we who are living a century later still partake in his legacy and his life’s work. 

What did I not like about this book?  I did miss his family, and especially his wife and her influence.  Maybe someone will undertake a biography from her perspective?  While we wait for that, please find a copy of this book and read it.  The author includes an annotated bibliography for anyone who would like to read more about this very gifted man. Endnotes for his references throughout the text are also listed.

I received this book form the publisher in exchange for a review.


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