Growing up in church all my life, I have heard about George Müller and how he had felt led to open an orphanage and not ask for donations. Instead, he relied on God’s provisions. However, I had not read his story for myself because I was certain it’d be full of the old English language that was tiresome to read on long, hard days. When I saw this book, I debated it for a little bit, not certain I’d be able to really enjoy it because I didn’t have the time to just sit in it with so many pressing things in my day. Finally, my curiosity won and I decided to try it.
I was more than a little surprised to find myself not wanting to put this book down. I would go through my days, asking God for a deep, rich prayer life like Müller had.
There were many moments while reading that I just sat back, and was amazed at the faith Müller had. One of my favorite quotes of his was, “Would the believer, therefore, have his faith strengthened, he must especially, give time to God, who tries his faith in order to prove to His child, int he end, how willing He is to help and deliver him, the moment it is good for him.”
The back of the book shares the short bio of George Müller, saying “he was an English Christian Evangelist in the nineteenth century. He devoted his entire life to directing the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England. In his lifetime he cared for more than 10,000 orphans, never once asking for financial support for the orphanage or going into debt.” To read of his funeral and how everyone came out to celebrate the life of a man who lived his life in service to God brought tears to my eyes. How I want that for my own life in this busy society we live in.
The story of Müller alone is not what makes this book so great. That is a huge part of it, but I love that it’s written in such a way that makes it easier to read. The book has a section of Bible Study questions that would work great for a small group or personal study. The personal reflection questions follow, and they are deep questions that require you to do some serious reflection. If you do, you’ll be so thankful for that section in the book. Finally, there is a prayer. All of the prayers convicted me and encouraged me. They aren’t your simple prayers. They are serious prayers, that take a lot to even utter some of the words. I appreciated this book that has helped me to go deeper in my relationship with God.
If you like this book, this is part of a whole series of books that are about reading and reflecting with the classics. I’ve already bought some and preordered more!