Title : Bible Characters
Author: Moody, Dwight Lyman
Published by: Fleming H. Revell Company, sometime in 1900 (How long was that before you or, I were born?)
About the Author:
D.L. Moody (February 5, 1837 – December 22, 1899), was an American evangelist and publisher, who founded the Moody Church, North field School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. At the age of four, Moody lost his stonemason father and was survived by his mother and eight siblings. Raised in poverty Moody was always encouraged to attend church. Working in an uncle's shoe shop, Moody was converted to evangelical Christianity from where his journey of winning souls began. Read more about him here.
About the book:
The book contains stories of five Bible characters namely, Daniel; Enoch; Lot; Jacob and John the Baptist and explains at length their lifestyle and the relation they shared with God. Much has been said about Daniel and Jacob in the Bible but what is interesting is how Moody out of the very less information given about Enoch, Lot and John can write an entire story that will want the readers to pause and take a look at our inner selves. And trust me, there is not a single thing he assumes. Every things said in this book is exactly what the Bible says. Via the story of Daniel, the author shows how man needs to trust the Lord and wait upon him and how He never fails to take notice of those who lay their faith on the creator. The book goes on to explain how easy it is for even the God fearing people to stumble like Lot and yet, find grace to be blessed. The story of Lot shows us how important it is to take note of the choices we make not just for ourselves but for our family as well and take care of the company we keep. At times being close to blessed people itself is a blessing. Story of Jacob opens our eye on how we make deals with God and how much better it can be if rather than making deals we simply obey. Moody shows us management skills from the life of John the Baptist and the importance of keeping jealously and selfishness at bay in order to serve. It reflects the joy of serving than being served; loving than being loved and humbling oneself rather than being proud.
This is a fantastic book if you need help understanding the Bible better. A Bible reader will appreciate this book more than someone who has never opened the Bible.
As I was reading the book, it made me realize that The Bible is full of such characters and there must be a reason why we see a whole book dedicated to a single person. I am going to start taking characters from the Bible and writing my understanding of how to apply it in our lifestyle. Hope I am as good as D. L, Moody.