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George Muller stared at the beggar girl. She was no older than five and was piggybacking her little brother. Her mother had died in the cholera epidemic sweeping England. Her father had never returned from the mines. Standing in the muddy street, this little girl gave a face to Bristol's countless orphans. With scarcely enough food or money for his own family, George Mulle George Muller stared at the beggar girl. She was no older than five and was piggybacking her little brother. Her mother had died in the cholera epidemic sweeping England. Her father had never returned from the mines. Standing in the muddy street, this little girl gave a face to Bristol's countless orphans. With scarcely enough food or money for his own family, George Muller opened his heart and home. Sustained by God's provision, the Muller house "Breakfast Club" of thirty orphans grew to five large houses that ultimately over ten thousand children would call home. George Muller trusted God with a depth rarely seen. His faith and generosity set a standard for Christians of all generations.


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George Muller stared at the beggar girl. She was no older than five and was piggybacking her little brother. Her mother had died in the cholera epidemic sweeping England. Her father had never returned from the mines. Standing in the muddy street, this little girl gave a face to Bristol's countless orphans. With scarcely enough food or money for his own family, George Mulle George Muller stared at the beggar girl. She was no older than five and was piggybacking her little brother. Her mother had died in the cholera epidemic sweeping England. Her father had never returned from the mines. Standing in the muddy street, this little girl gave a face to Bristol's countless orphans. With scarcely enough food or money for his own family, George Muller opened his heart and home. Sustained by God's provision, the Muller house "Breakfast Club" of thirty orphans grew to five large houses that ultimately over ten thousand children would call home. George Muller trusted God with a depth rarely seen. His faith and generosity set a standard for Christians of all generations.

30 review for George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans

  1. 5 out of 5

    bex 🌱

    What a guyyyyyy, a great reminder of the power of prayer

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jami Balmet

    I've heard a few short stories before about the legendary man of prayer, George Muller. But I didn't expect to be this effected reading about this man of God. My prayer life, and how I approach our Lord, has been forever changed! I've never read a book in this biography series and I was pleasantly surprised! It's an easy read and was thorough enough to really cover his life without being too focused on minute details, dates, or facts. I CAN'T wait to read this book with my kids and am already de I've heard a few short stories before about the legendary man of prayer, George Muller. But I didn't expect to be this effected reading about this man of God. My prayer life, and how I approach our Lord, has been forever changed! I've never read a book in this biography series and I was pleasantly surprised! It's an easy read and was thorough enough to really cover his life without being too focused on minute details, dates, or facts. I CAN'T wait to read this book with my kids and am already deciding which one to read next in this series!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    so my dad read this to us and it was like going back to my childhood?? I was also amazed at how long ago this was because hello, when I was a kid I LIVED AND BREATHED THESE BOOKS so I was quite oblivious to the enormous difference in era. haha. it was just remarkable and makes me think HOW CAN I BE LIKE THIS? super encouraging. and inspiring.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elsa K

    A great read aloud with my kids. I hope to read more in this series. I was inspired to ask God to provide and found myself coming to tears a few times in our reading sessions. The boys all stayed interested too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Ensor

    What an amazing book! George started out very rebellious and selfish and the Lord changed his heart! I loved hearing about his strong prayer life and how he started the orphanage, a great read aloud for the whole family

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tina at Mommynificent

    Read this with my three daughters, ages 11, 8, and 5, and we were all very inspired. I have read several biographies of George Muller's life, and none of them fail to inspire me to greater faith and deeper prayer. My 8 year old was especially impacted by his life of prayer and sacrifice for orphan children and has been praying and even writing out beautiful prayers for those in need and that God will use her to help them. I highly recommend this book for children and adults alike! Read this with my three daughters, ages 11, 8, and 5, and we were all very inspired. I have read several biographies of George Muller's life, and none of them fail to inspire me to greater faith and deeper prayer. My 8 year old was especially impacted by his life of prayer and sacrifice for orphan children and has been praying and even writing out beautiful prayers for those in need and that God will use her to help them. I highly recommend this book for children and adults alike!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Della Tingle

    This is a truly remarkable story and a great little book! These are the best children’s chapter books that even adults will find enjoyable and informative. George Muller’s story is most definitely memorable, and my soul simply feels uplifted after reading his story! ❤️❤️❤️ George Muller was a toot, ok? He was a thief, had been arrested, and taken to jail. Yet, he found Jesus. He went with a friend to a worship service. “These people sang as if they were singing about someone they knew. They praye This is a truly remarkable story and a great little book! These are the best children’s chapter books that even adults will find enjoyable and informative. George Muller’s story is most definitely memorable, and my soul simply feels uplifted after reading his story! ❤️❤️❤️ George Muller was a toot, ok? He was a thief, had been arrested, and taken to jail. Yet, he found Jesus. He went with a friend to a worship service. “These people sang as if they were singing about someone they knew. They prayed as if they were praying to someone in the room. And they preached as if they believed every word they said” (40). George was called by God to start an orphanage. This was during a time in England when children with no place to go were sent to the poorhouses where living conditions were not where we would send an animal today, much less a person, and especially not a child. George had zero money and almost just as little of a plan, but he knew God would provide. “There would be no collections, no asking for money, and no payments required from the children who were taken in. Instead, George would rely on God to supply all the needs of the orphans” (110). And supply God did, time and time and time again! “Again and again, George added up the books, only to find that the orphan houses did not have a penny for food. Each time he prayed, money arrived in the nick of time” (133). George emphatically believed in prayer. “I have known my Lord for fifty-two years, and in all that time I cannot recall a single instance where he has not answered my prayers” (185). Oh, could we all have such faith! “God had taken George Muller, the boy who cared for no one but himself, and turned him into a man now responsible for the lives of dozens of orphan children” (127). I love this! “Since he could speak six languages fluently, George rarely needed a translator when he preached” (182). This book is not perfect. Like so many books, there are errors. For example, “...she must spent a lot of it reading” (106). Yes, grammarians, subject verb agreement is off. Yet, the bottom line is this: no matter your age, you will be uplifted by reading this little book. #HighlyRecommended

  8. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Mosley

    Incredible biography about George Mueller, who lived his life dependent on God through prayer. After he became a follower of Jesus, when George had a need, he prayed. He followed God even though, to others, it may have seemed crazy! He felt God leading him to open an orphanage for children in Bristol, England. George obeyed, and the stories of God’s provision for the orphanage, the children, were remarkable! He lived until he was in his 90s, and his life’s work impacted, literally, thousands of Incredible biography about George Mueller, who lived his life dependent on God through prayer. After he became a follower of Jesus, when George had a need, he prayed. He followed God even though, to others, it may have seemed crazy! He felt God leading him to open an orphanage for children in Bristol, England. George obeyed, and the stories of God’s provision for the orphanage, the children, were remarkable! He lived until he was in his 90s, and his life’s work impacted, literally, thousands of children! If you need a book to inspire you to pray, this book will do it! Also, this book is in an entire series, Christian Heroes Then and Now. I commend the entire series! Wonderful books to read aloud as a family!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This was our first chapter book biography of a "Christian hero." We've read picture books but nothing this involved. George Muller was a wonderful introduction. When we began the kids looked confused, "This guy ends up helping orphans?" one of my kids asked after one of the stories where George cheats his friends out of money. Later they were amazed at the many "miracles" that happened to provide the orphans food over the years. What an amazing man and ministry! This was our first chapter book biography of a "Christian hero." We've read picture books but nothing this involved. George Muller was a wonderful introduction. When we began the kids looked confused, "This guy ends up helping orphans?" one of my kids asked after one of the stories where George cheats his friends out of money. Later they were amazed at the many "miracles" that happened to provide the orphans food over the years. What an amazing man and ministry!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    This is one of the most inspiring books I have read that demonstrates a real person's life that was dedicated to demonstrating to others the fact that God's Word is true and they can trust God to provide their needs if they look to God first and the worldly things second. Through prayer and faith and lots of hard work, this man and his wife achieved unbelievable feats and rescued thousands of orphans from the harsh streets of England in the 1800's. Don't be turned off by the fact that this is an This is one of the most inspiring books I have read that demonstrates a real person's life that was dedicated to demonstrating to others the fact that God's Word is true and they can trust God to provide their needs if they look to God first and the worldly things second. Through prayer and faith and lots of hard work, this man and his wife achieved unbelievable feats and rescued thousands of orphans from the harsh streets of England in the 1800's. Don't be turned off by the fact that this is an easy to read book that is probably written for young adults. The lessons are for all of us.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Inspiring story! Such sacrifice on behalf of the orphans.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Hetzel

    A wonderful story of an inspiring life!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The kids and I listened to this book together. It was so easy to listen to and so inspiring. We’ve already picked out and started another book in the series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Read this out loud to my kids. Wow, what an amazing trust in the Lord, and what a work God did! There were several chapters my sons would say with a smile "She's crying again." 😆 Read this out loud to my kids. Wow, what an amazing trust in the Lord, and what a work God did! There were several chapters my sons would say with a smile "She's crying again." 😆

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    Excellent book about one man's journey and faith. I highly recommend it. Excellent book about one man's journey and faith. I highly recommend it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    We read this as a family and LOVED it! Just enough detail to get an excellent idea of this incredible man, but not too much that it didn’t hold the children’s interest. We love learning of all of God’s miracles and pray for George’s faith ourselves!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim Blessing

    My niece loaned me this book to read while at home. I had never heard of George Muller, before reading this. It was an interesting read, especially at the start.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erica Schrader

    I LOVED this book. Finished it so quickly because I was so captivated with the life and ministry of George Muller. I had read another Muller biography several years ago but this one contained many more details and was told so well. Highly recommend!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Cheek

    This is a great book! Great book to read as a family......but also a great read for adults! This book challenged me in my prayer life....to want to pray boldly! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Frankly speaking, I'm considering putting into the hands of any nonbeliever who is curious about being a Christ follower.......George Muller's story of conversion and living his life with reckless abandon to obey the call of Christ is inspiring....I have so much respect and admiration for this man! This is a great book! Great book to read as a family......but also a great read for adults! This book challenged me in my prayer life....to want to pray boldly! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Frankly speaking, I'm considering putting into the hands of any nonbeliever who is curious about being a Christ follower.......George Muller's story of conversion and living his life with reckless abandon to obey the call of Christ is inspiring....I have so much respect and admiration for this man!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was part of our homeschool curriculum--a GREAT book to read outloud to your kids! (But be prepared, you'll be caught doing the "ugly cry" in the middle of several chapters!) My kids poke fun at me now for not being able to get through read-aloud time without crying. lol This was part of our homeschool curriculum--a GREAT book to read outloud to your kids! (But be prepared, you'll be caught doing the "ugly cry" in the middle of several chapters!) My kids poke fun at me now for not being able to get through read-aloud time without crying. lol

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    My boys were fascinated by this man as I read his story to them. And who wouldn’t be considering his early reputation? George Müller was not a nice young man. He started life a liar, a thief, a gambler and drinker who was constantly swindling others out of their money to pay his debts. The story details how God changed him from a man dependent on his earthly father and own wits to survive to a man completely dependent on his Heavenly Father for his every need. There is proof in these pages that My boys were fascinated by this man as I read his story to them. And who wouldn’t be considering his early reputation? George Müller was not a nice young man. He started life a liar, a thief, a gambler and drinker who was constantly swindling others out of their money to pay his debts. The story details how God changed him from a man dependent on his earthly father and own wits to survive to a man completely dependent on his Heavenly Father for his every need. There is proof in these pages that God exists, for He changes lives. George ran his household, church, orphanages, and missions with God’s provision alone. He did not earn a salary. He did not ask for money. If there was a need, he prayed, for he believed if God was in it his prayer would be answered. “People had said George was crazy, that he should be content with helping a few children, that there was a limit to how much money people, even Christian people, would be willing to give to the orphanage. And while George agreed with them, he smiled to himself. There were limits to how much people would give, but, as long as he obeyed God, there were no limits to the amount of money God could provide to take care of the orphans.” The book is full of testimonies of God’s amazing provision for the needs that arose. It will challenge your prayer life. It certainly is doing that with mine. I greatly appreciate The Christian Heroes: Then & Now series of books as they bring missionaries into our home at a reading level that is enjoyable and inspiring for the whole family.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mikey

    It was emotionally touching! (view spoiler)[ It was also somewhat historically informative for me. I honestly did not know about the practice of pew renting. Of course I knew of the term “ cheep seats” but had no idea it ever was regarding church. I also found it interesting how pastoring in general was a well paid and respectable career path without any regard for personal spiritual devotion. His father encouraged George to become a pastor but disowned him for wanting to be a missionary. Of cou It was emotionally touching! (view spoiler)[ It was also somewhat historically informative for me. I honestly did not know about the practice of pew renting. Of course I knew of the term “ cheep seats” but had no idea it ever was regarding church. I also found it interesting how pastoring in general was a well paid and respectable career path without any regard for personal spiritual devotion. His father encouraged George to become a pastor but disowned him for wanting to be a missionary. Of course it was challenging as I think about my own approach to everything as far as service and prayer. I sometimes struggle with the implication that people with real faith depend on others to give them everything. If everyone did that how would anyone have money to give? There were examples of people giving from their skill like the architect for the building or the baker getting up and baking the bread. For Mullar the change in his life was profound. He was greedy and a thief and became extremely honest in his handling of money. Of course it was touching how he found a real need at the time and was able to, with the help of many others, make such an impact on so many kids. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Egly

    Another great book by the Benges. George Muller was a simple man who housed and fed HUNDREDS of orphans. He didn’t have much, but always prayed and trusted God to provide. Let me tell you a story from the book: One morning, the cook let George know that there was not going to be enough breakfast to feed several hundred orphans. He calmly replied: God will provide. Tell the children to come and eat. As soon as the children prayed and sat down, a local baker knocked on the door and said: I couldn’t Another great book by the Benges. George Muller was a simple man who housed and fed HUNDREDS of orphans. He didn’t have much, but always prayed and trusted God to provide. Let me tell you a story from the book: One morning, the cook let George know that there was not going to be enough breakfast to feed several hundred orphans. He calmly replied: God will provide. Tell the children to come and eat. As soon as the children prayed and sat down, a local baker knocked on the door and said: I couldn’t sleep last night. I had this feeling you all would need bread today, so I baked all night for you. A few minutes later, a local milk delivery man knocked on the door. He shared that his truck got stuck right outside the orphanage. He asked if they would please take all the milk he had, so that his truck would be light enough to get out of the hole. That’s just one morning in the life of George Muller – the book is full of incredible stories like this as you follow his life through the book. This would be a great story to read or listen to (on the free Hoopla App) with kids ages 8 and up. More on the books I read in May here: https://kathrynegly.com/2020/06/01/6-...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Henley Jowers

    George Muller and his wife Mary Muller decide they want to start an orphanage for all the poor children in Bristol, and little orphanage spreads out over europe. The Guardians of Bristol's Orphans is written by Janet and Geoff Benge. The Book is about how the Mullers start up 5 orphanages, and help over 2,000 children, during there journey in Bristol they encounter loss of money and food. But they always are provided anything they need, when they need it. At one point in the book one of the orph George Muller and his wife Mary Muller decide they want to start an orphanage for all the poor children in Bristol, and little orphanage spreads out over europe. The Guardians of Bristol's Orphans is written by Janet and Geoff Benge. The Book is about how the Mullers start up 5 orphanages, and help over 2,000 children, during there journey in Bristol they encounter loss of money and food. But they always are provided anything they need, when they need it. At one point in the book one of the orphanages had no food or water for the children breakfast. So they prayed and a baker came by with 2 trays filled with loafs of bread, and a truck filled with milk and donated it to the orphanage. In this book every scene was so real.Especially when George was a young man and he broke out of a hotel window and ran. The book was very realistic. It had some funny and sad moments. At the end of each chapter, it will make anyone want to read more. At one point in the book George Muller asked himself if it was childish to pray for money. But he did anyway, and he ended up with a very high paid job. All ages would enjoy this book because it has different elements that each age would like.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bronwen Wilson

    I did not want this biography to end. What an inspiring and mind-boggling life George Mueller lived, all to the glory of God. In a nutshell - George started his life as a total scallywag, and after meeting Christ, went on to open several orphanages that served over 10,000 orphans in Bristol London in the 19th Century. He did this, through the power of prayer - literally, praying for every provision including food. One account saw hundreds of children sitting at the breakfast table, with no food I did not want this biography to end. What an inspiring and mind-boggling life George Mueller lived, all to the glory of God. In a nutshell - George started his life as a total scallywag, and after meeting Christ, went on to open several orphanages that served over 10,000 orphans in Bristol London in the 19th Century. He did this, through the power of prayer - literally, praying for every provision including food. One account saw hundreds of children sitting at the breakfast table, with no food left in the orphanage to feed them. Upon being notified of this, George prayed and within 20 minutes, the children had finished breakfast, bellies full after two miraculous provisions of God. This is one of the hundreds of astounding accounts of prayer and God's faithful provision in this book. I read this aloud to my 4, 9, and 11 year old. They begged me to read more at every sitting. This is an incredible, true story of God working here on earth through the faithful life of one man. Thousands of orphans live to tell the tale of God's incredible love for them, made tangible through the prayer and work of George Mueller.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leto

    A man named George Mueller, got a message from God, telling him he has to go to the city of Bristol in England. He has to build an orphanage, but there are so many orphans in Bristol, that he builds a bunch of them on Williams Street. The residents on the street aren't happy as the houses there are to be built for families of six or less. Each of these orphanages hold about thirty children. George had to make a new one somewhere else. George Mueller was a very faithful man. He believed God would A man named George Mueller, got a message from God, telling him he has to go to the city of Bristol in England. He has to build an orphanage, but there are so many orphans in Bristol, that he builds a bunch of them on Williams Street. The residents on the street aren't happy as the houses there are to be built for families of six or less. Each of these orphanages hold about thirty children. George had to make a new one somewhere else. George Mueller was a very faithful man. He believed God would provide everything for him because he believed so deeply in Him. Every time he asked God for something, He gave George the amount of pounds (money) he needed. I liked this book because George was so faithful and lived for a really long time, 92 years of age, dedicated to God. I am amazed at how God provided for him so well. The reason why I didn't like this book better was because it was really long and has a sad part because of the epidemic of cholera. It was very sad.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    I read and enjoyed many of these YWAM Publishing Christian Heroes: Then & Now series growing up. I wanted to pick up a quick missionary story, and decided to reach back to the author I was familiar with in the past. I discovered that I can't recommend this book to anyone out of grade school. It's written to be a story for children. The episodes are so contrived that it ends up toeing the line of historical fiction. In telling stories of how God answered prayer, an excessive amount of adjectival l I read and enjoyed many of these YWAM Publishing Christian Heroes: Then & Now series growing up. I wanted to pick up a quick missionary story, and decided to reach back to the author I was familiar with in the past. I discovered that I can't recommend this book to anyone out of grade school. It's written to be a story for children. The episodes are so contrived that it ends up toeing the line of historical fiction. In telling stories of how God answered prayer, an excessive amount of adjectival liberty is taken. The most egregious example is the story of the fog lifting on p.185. The story of George Muller is powerful and motivating. I was encouraged with the power of prayer by reading this book. But it could be so much more. The next missionary story I read won't be a YWAM book, and a book being unappreciated by adults leaves it's value for children questionable as well.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy Meyers

    George Muller's life is such an inspiring example of prayer. He wanted to pray in such a way that everyone could see that God is just as real and alive as He was in the Bible stories. I read a segment of his writings in the back of Andrew Murray's With Christ in the Schoolhouse of Prayer that deepened my understanding of his prayer life more than the Benge book, written for children, could delve. However, I did feel a bit of compassion for his first wife. It seems like she had him more when he w George Muller's life is such an inspiring example of prayer. He wanted to pray in such a way that everyone could see that God is just as real and alive as He was in the Bible stories. I read a segment of his writings in the back of Andrew Murray's With Christ in the Schoolhouse of Prayer that deepened my understanding of his prayer life more than the Benge book, written for children, could delve. However, I did feel a bit of compassion for his first wife. It seems like she had him more when he was a "crisis man" as our friend uses the term as it was of Jim Elliot (I'm thinking of how she didn't get many vacations and how he asked her to give up all the things she brought into their marriage), but the second wife had him for the "fun" travels. I'm very glad the kids were able to hear this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    W. Derek Atkins

    A Wonderful Testimony of God’s Provision and One Man’s Faithfulness I enjoyed reading this book very much. This book tells the story of George Muller, the man who established Bristol’s first orphanage. His is an amazing story in which he constantly demonstrated God’s ability to provide everything needed to carry out His work. I was also very surprised to read about the kind of life George Muller lived before he became a Christian — he was a liar, a thief, a cheat, a gambler, and more! But his tr A Wonderful Testimony of God’s Provision and One Man’s Faithfulness I enjoyed reading this book very much. This book tells the story of George Muller, the man who established Bristol’s first orphanage. His is an amazing story in which he constantly demonstrated God’s ability to provide everything needed to carry out His work. I was also very surprised to read about the kind of life George Muller lived before he became a Christian — he was a liar, a thief, a cheat, a gambler, and more! But his transformation after he became a Christian was equally surprising yet lasting the rest of his life. If you want to learn more about the life of this amazing man, or what God can do through someone who is completely devoted to Him, then I recommend this book to you!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Ciampoli

    Good. Probably would like to read his autobiography now actually or another biography of him as this was short and geared toward children I think, but it does give a good brief run through of his life, his faith, and his legacy. This does challenge me to step out more. He prayed with certain authority because he had seen the provision of God when he stepped out beyond himself and God always provided in some almost unbelievable ways. (There were examples in the book that I really feel seem far fe Good. Probably would like to read his autobiography now actually or another biography of him as this was short and geared toward children I think, but it does give a good brief run through of his life, his faith, and his legacy. This does challenge me to step out more. He prayed with certain authority because he had seen the provision of God when he stepped out beyond himself and God always provided in some almost unbelievable ways. (There were examples in the book that I really feel seem far fetched and struggle myself believing!) So yes, it shows my my lack of faith and my desire to see more of God's true faithfulness.

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