Thursday, May 21, 2015

George Muller The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans

This book is written by Janet and Geoff Benge in a series about Christian Heroes and was part of our History and culture in our Core B Sonlight material for this year. I am quite familiar with the story of George Muller, but this book really opened my eyes to how much God changed him and how strong George's faith in God really was.

It starts with George at age 16 getting arrested for bailing on hotel rooms throughout Prussia. To see where George started out just blew my mind. It is such a testimony to the amazing power of God's love and salvation. It follows through the rest of his life, including attending Bible college to become a pastor, his conversion, seeking God's will for his life, marriage, children and the beginning of the ministries he started, including the most famous one: the orphan houses.

Reading this along side Oliver Twist was amazing and heartbreaking all at the same time. What was really interesting is that Charles Dickens actually went to visit the orphan houses when he heard about them, thinking they were horrible places where kids had to work. Once visiting the orphan houses he was very pleased and wrote an article telling others of the good work Muller was doing in helping the orphans.

This book was very easy to read and full of information. It was written in such a way to keep you interested and made you want to keep going to know what happened next (even if you know what happened).

5 Stars, hands down, for this biography of George Muller. I recommend it to everyone. It absolutely challenged me and my faith.

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