Spurgeon was called the pastoral evangelist; Chalmers, the parish evangelist; Finney, the revival evangelist; Howard, the prison evangelist; Whitefield, the field evangelist; Shaftesbury, the philanthropic evangelist; Bliss, the singing evangelist; McCauley, the evangelist of the outcast, but Dwight L. Moody was the evangelist of the people.
For forty years his name was known among the English speaking people. For nearly forty years his sayings have been household words; for nearly forty years his stories have been told at almost every Christian fireside. His life, with its peculiarly fitting ending, is known in a general way to the great majority of the people, but few of them realize what a great man he was. Born in New England poverty, but with an indomitable spirit, he made his mark as a boy even in wise old Boston. As a young man in Chicago, he demonstrated his stability in commerce as well as in religion. He founded, by his energy, one of the largest Sunday-schools in the world out of apparently the poorest material to be found on the American continent.
A few years later, he electrified Europe with his methods and thousands of people turned
from ways of sin to ways of righteousness. He came home and founded the great schools at Northfield where thousands of young men and women can procure an education at a nominal figure. Thirty buildings stand as a monument to him there. In Chicago, the great Bible Institute, with its auxiliary features, where thousands of young men and women, desirous of greater insight into the Holy Scriptures daily assemble and listen to explanations of the Bible.
The present work was commenced early in 1898 and is the result of months of careful research and many interviews with personal friends of Mr. Moody. It embodies a complete account of the great evangelist's marvelous career from his birth to his death, enlivened with anecdotes contributed from all parts of the world. The labor of arranging, selecting and condensing the vast amount of material gathered during the past two years, was very great and it was found necessary to omit a large amount of very interesting and valuable matter in order to keep the work within the lines of a popular life of Mr. Moody. Many of the illustrations were taken specially for the work by our own photographer; others were redrawn from designs furnished our special artist.
List Of Illustrations.
Dwight L. Moody Frontispiece
"The Sower" 20
Moody Family Gathering, 1867 29
Period Pictures of Mr. Moody 39
The Old and the New 49
Mr. Moody's Missionary Pony 59
North Side Tabernacle 77
P. P. Bliss 87
Ira D. Sankey 97
Mr. Moody's Characteristic Attitude 115
Mr. Moody on a Morning Drive 125
Free Church. Assembly Hall, Edinburgh 135
Exhibition Hall, Dublin 153
Hay market Opera House 171
Characteristic Page from Mr. Moody's Bible 182
Farewell Meeting at Glasgow 189
Chicago Avenue Church 207
Interior of Chicago Church 225
The Empty Chair 243
The Bible He Preached From 261
Moody Bible Institute 279
Bible Institute Library 297
A Music Lesson, Bible Institute 315
Pastor's Study, Chicago Avenue Church 333
Col portage Cottage 351
The Funeral Bier 367
Congregational Church, Northfield 387
Recitation Hall 4°5
Marquand Memorial Hall 423
Mt . Hermon School 44'
East Hall, Northfield Seminary 459
Auditorium, Northfield 477
Recitation Hall, Northfield 495