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From Prussia with Love From Prussia with Love
The George Müller Story

Carol Purves
ISBN 1846250080 (9781846250088)
Day One, 2005
£6

Category: Biography

Published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Müller's birth, this is a remarkable story of a remarkable man, determined to follow God's will whatever the cost and whatever others might think.

Despite coming from a respectable family, Müller himself was a thoroughly disreputable young man, dishonest and scheming, until he met Christ through a Bible study group he'd been invited to. Having acknowledged Christ's call upon his life, there was no looking back: he left his family and friends in Prussia to work as a missionary amongst the Jews in London — but soon ran into conflict with the missionary society he was working for: evangelising the Jews wasn't enough for Müller, he wanted to share the gospel with everyone he met.

A parting of the ways led him to Teignmouth where he met his first wife, Mary, who accompanied him on to Bristol and the foundation of the Scriptural Knowledge Institution (SKI) and the orphanages for which he is perhaps best remembered. In setting up and maintaining these projects Müller's policy was to pray and trust God to provide: there was no fundraising, no appeals for financial support. Müller believed that if his work was in accordance with God's will then God would provide — and so much of what this book relates is simple testimony to answered prayer, to God's faithfulness in providing for his people through his people, prompting people to give without having to be asked, albeit often at the last minute.

The book starts with a helpful timeline from Müller's birth in 1805 through to his death in 1898, setting his life in its historical context alongside other contemporary events such as the coronation of Queen Victoria (1837), the completion of Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge (1864) and the formation of the NSPCC (1884).

The final chapter, written by Julian Marsh, Chief Executive of the George Müller Foundation, brings the story into the 21st Century: the work Müller started continues today in providing social care from a Christian perspective.

This is a book that has been meticulously researched using material from Müller's own autobiography and other biographies, as well as papers from the George Müller Foundation, and whilst the prose is a little dense at times, it will reward the patient reader with a clear portrait of a man who lived by faith, confident in God's provision and able to testify to that provision to the very end of his life.

Phil Groom, August 2005

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