D. L. Moody: Recommended Resources

On Moody

Gamaliel Bradford, D. L. Moody: A Worker in Souls (New York: George H. Doran, 1927). An important early biography by a non-Christian scholar.

*James F. Findlay, Jr., Dwight L. Moody, American Evangelist: 1837–1899 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1969; now available through Ann Arbor, Michigan: Books on Demand, University Microfilms International). An eminent study; highly recommended.

Wilbur M. Smith, Dwight Lyman Moody: An Annotated Bibliography (Chicago: Moody, 1948). A guide, itself interesting reading, to works on Moody published before 1948; includes a timeline of Moody’s life.

William R. Moody, The Life of Dwight L. Moody (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1900). The first official biography of Moody, written by his older son. It sold approximately 400,000 copies and is, according to one writer, “the most important single volume on Mr. Moody.” In 1930 Will Moody wrote a second volume, D. L. Moody (New York: Macmillan), which was more accurate.

Stanley N. Gundry, Love Them In: The Life and Theology of D. L. Moody (Chicago: Moody, 1976; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1982). The book of choice for those interested in Moody’s theology.

*Moody (Quadras, 55 min.). The only film of Moody’s life; available in VHS video from Christian video rental companies or from Christian bookstores.

*John C. Pollock, Moody: The Biography (Chicago: Moody, 1984). Previously issued as Moody: A Biographical Portrait of the Pacesetter in Modern Mass Evangelism by John C. Pollock (New York: Macmillan, 1963; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1963). Lively, readable.

Paul Moody, My Father: An Intimate Portrait of Dwight L. Moody (Boston: Little, Brown, 1938). Includes delightful humorous stories as only a son could tell.

Arthur P. Fitt and Paul Moody, The Shorter Life of D. L. Moody, Vol. II, His Work (Chicago: Bible Institute Colportage Association, 1900). Early recollections from Dwight Moody’s younger son and son-in-law.

By Moody

*Dwight L. Moody: The Best from All His Works abridged and edited by Stephen Rost (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1989). Sixteen sermons and addresses.

*The Way to God (Springdale, Penn.: Whitaker House, 1983). An inexpensive paperback edition, edited, of The Way to God and How to Find It , a collection of Moody’s sermons published in 1884 that sold 435,000 copies by 1900.

Stanley & Patricia Gundry, The Wit & Wisdom of D. L. Moody (Chicago: Moody, 1974; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1982). Over 250 quotable statements culled from over forty sources.

By the Editors

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #25 in 1990]

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