- Paperback: 143 pages
- Publisher: Pillar Books (May 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891291512
- ISBN-13: 978-0891291510
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,936,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond the Cross and the Switchblade Paperback – May, 1976
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Wilkerson describes in his book how essential it is to meet the unloved where they are, rather than waiting for them to show up in church all dressed up and ready to worship within the ranks of the clean and respectable. He also rightly emphasizes the importance of follow up, how one can't just expect to go out and distribute tracts or preach from street corners without also developing real, loving relationships with people and ministering to their needs, both spiritually and physically.
Now that Teen Challenge International has grown to over 200 centers around the world, it is interesting to note that the struggle in recovery ministry continues to be much the same: It's extremely difficult to get people to reach out in love to those who have never been loved, and it's nearly impossible to get church members to venture outside their doors to love their neighbors as they love themselves.
I praise God for Rev. Wilkerson and the way that he listened to God and ventured out in faith. I thank him for sharing the story of his work.
My most important take away from this book isn't "to trust God", that is a given, but to not give up on teens. So many people have good intentions in working with teens, the homeless and other disadvantaged group. Like the seed thrown on poor soil they start with a flurry and wither in the competition from other things in their life. I have worked with many disadvantaged and the worst thing you can do is show your face and then pull back on your commitment.
The Cross and the Switchblade really brings to light the importance of not giving up on this group. As I write this during the Christmas season where good meaning people bubble over with generosity, I'm deeply saddened because the people whom get the attention during this season are forgetten the other 11 months of the year.
I would recommend this book to any one he believes a social situation is hopeless and they can't make any difference.
This testimony of David Wilkerson shows clearer, than I have ever read, that only by the power of the Holy Spirit the fetter of drug addiction and the hopelesness of gang life can be broken and turned around 180 degrees to brimming joy, hope and true life in peace.
This gripping story takes you to the heart and the utter and fearsome loneliness of gang members in 1958 New York City. It shows how the mercy of God wipes the sin and fear away and how HIS grace gives new hope and a purposeful, meaningful life. The book also tells us the birth of the now world wide ministry of Teen Challenge.
I think the situation of downtown New York City in 1958 still exists today and it exists in thousands of large and small towns across the USA and the world. It is one of big everyday challenges to the church today. Jesus has promised us, that the poor will always be with us. The question is - what do we do with them?
I want to call this book a must read for every youth pastor and persons involved in youth ministry.
I highly recommend this book because it is a great testimony to what untold miracles can happen in the lives of Christians when we step out of our comfort zones and go out on a limb for God. And the way He comes through will take your breath away. If I wasn't a Christian, I would think the story was pure fiction because it sounds too amazing to be true. But because I am one, and I have caught glimpses of what God can do for His children, I can say of the miracle upon miracle in Cross and the Switchblade: "Yes, God is totally capable of that!''
To my mind, most of us don't enjoy this exhilerating journey with God because we don't trust Him enough to take risks for Him. David Wilkerson did, and God displayed all his wonders. Read this and be challenged. I certainly was.
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I read this book a couple of times and gave/"loaned" copies out because it is too good NOT to share!! One of my favorite books!! Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Sharon Powers
This is one spectacular story, a true one a truly a miracle from beginning to end. Pastor Wilkerson did a super job getting his life saving stories across to the reader. Read morePublished 9 days ago by cb
Absolutely awesome read. Once started reading it I couldn't put it down.Published 10 days ago by A. Weatherford
An oldie but a goodie for those who desire to hear about the power of FaithPublished 16 days ago by Bo James
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Cross, the Switchblade is a great book.
Just a great testimony. It increases my faith to read how God moves so powerfully not through the powerful or influential but simply through those who give an unconditional 'yes'.Published 1 month ago by W.B. Bowes
After reading an abridged version of The Cross and the Switchblade, I was eager to hear how this movement had continued. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer