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Billy Graham: A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist Paperback – November 4, 2014
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"Every Christian should take time to study the lives of great heroes of the faith-after all, we stand on their shoulders. Billy Graham, a beloved treasure in the kingdom of Christ, is one such saint. If you want to cultivate a passion for souls, get to know Mr. Graham in the pages of this book. I promise you'll be blessed!"
-Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
"I've had the honor of knowing both this book's author as well as its subject. Dr. Billy Graham led me to Christ in July of 1973. As I sat in my San Jose California apartment, Dr. Graham extended an invitation to receive Jesus as savior. The net was thrown, and I was caught. Over the years, I've been privileged to know and serve with Dr. Graham. He is a man of exceptional humility and spiritual power.
In Terry Whalin's book, we glimpse Billy Graham the man as well as his ministry. These fifteen short but informative chapters paint a proper portrait of this extraordinary man of God. Terry's strength is his ability to capture Billy's life with poignant stories and providential incidences. I recommend the book and pray God would raise up more men and women dedicated to proclaiming the good news found in the Christ that Graham preached."
-Skip Heitzig, Pastor, Calvary Albuquerque
"Our polarized, divided world dearly misses the spirit of grace that Billy Graham brought to the world. I'm very glad Terry Whalin has written a biography that introduces him anew."
-Philip Yancey, bestselling author of What's So Amazing About Grace?"
"Terry Whalin's love and respect for Billy Graham shows clearly in this riveting work. Yes, this is a story of one man's life and the team who supported him. It also clearly gives credit to the power of God's Spirit on whom Billy Graham relied to accomplish everything from Christianity Today, Conferences for Evangelists, a superb television and media ministry, to the remarkable Crusades around the world. I highly recommend this book, a book you will not want to put down. It will be a blessing to all who travel through its pages."
-Tom Phillips, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Vice President, Billy Graham Library
"My great grandmother saw Billy Graham preaching, I've always heard it was on the steps of the courthouse in Georgetown TX, and she turned to my grandmother and said, "You just watch. That young man is going to change the world for Christ." It's been a part of our family lore ever since then. Reading through the book, trying to pinpoint the time frame of that story, I think it must have been when Billy took that swing through Texas down to San Antonio in 1950. Hard to believe, that would have been 64 years ago, and look what has happened since then.
Well written and succinct, Billy Graham is an honest look at the man and his calling, his struggles to stay humble in the limelight, the difficulty of separation from his family, and his constant calling on God for the next step."
-Deborah Bedford, bestselling author of His Other Wife and, with Joyce Meyer, The Penny and Any Minute
Working with the Rev. Billy Graham on his memoir, Just As I Am, remains the highlight of my career. The story of the dairy farm boy who became the world's greatest evangelist and spiritual confidant to heads of state never grows old. In Billy Graham, A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist, veteran author Terry Whalin offers a quick reading account of Mr. Graham's life, jam packed with anecdotes that bring him to life on the page. It's a fun and interesting read that promises to inspire and challenge you in your walk of faith.
-Jerry B. Jenkins, Novelist & Biographer
"Nothing will be more encouraging in your Christian life than to discover the sovereign work of God in the life of Billy Graham! Billy's story is your story and my story…what happens when the hand of God touches your life and leads you in the steps He has ordained for you! Every chapter reveals new vistas of God's grace in one life."
-Glenna Salsbury, Author of Heavenly Treasures and The Art of the Fresh Start
"It has been my privilege to serve as a Crusade Associate and as a vice chairman of three of Billy Graham's crusades over the years. My life has been deeply blessed and impacted by his ministry. I pray that this biography written by my friend, Terry Whalin, will be a great encouragement and inspiration to you in your service for God."
-Paul Cedar, Chairman and CEO of Mission America
A fresh look at one of the most admired American men and a giant of faith. This easy-to-read biography will encourage readers to follow Billy Graham’s example and live in service to God. Millions of people have heard of Billy Graham and this book provides a glimpse into his life story.
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Sadly, we will soon lose this giant of the Christian faith—arguably the most impactful man of our era. In this timely book, Whalin introduces readers to unfamiliar heroes whose godly insights proved pivotal to his calling and invites them into Dr. Graham’s private conversations with presidents and prime ministers. From the pleasant serenity of a North Carolina farmhouse to the pressured solemnity of the White House; from forgotten Florida trailer parks to overcrowded stadiums across the globe, the author re-lives special moments from this special life.
But there’s so much more to Billy Graham’s mission and ministry than meets the public eye, like the loud drinking party in an Augusta hotel room that tested his leadership or the covert meeting with a notorious gangster that tried his courage or the missed opportunity that disturbed Graham for years but refocused his resolve to be available when others’ are ready to listen. In recounting the young preacher’s untimely moment of frustrating doubt that laid the spiritual foundation for countless close-up views of a mighty God orchestrating His providential plan, Whalin takes us on a journey that is both intimate and profound.
We live in a hurried-up world, a time when weekend reads are sometimes all we can manage. If that describes you, spend your next weekend with this book.
Terry doesn't have to say Billy Graham has integrity. He shows us the struggle in Graham's heart as he assumed leadership of an institution of higher learning amidst a wearying speaking schedule. Listening to a mentor's wish . . . Could he do both justice?
Years on the road made an impact on Graham's family and himself— "...he felt that something during the New York crusade went out of him that he never fully recovered." Graham's crusades had a larger effect than initially apparent. Michael Cassidy from the South Africa started an African evangelistic effort as a result of the New York crusades. He never altered the gospel message but did sharpen it. He centered on ". . .Christ's sacrificial death for our sins on he Cross and His resurrection from the dead for our salvation" Both have power and importance.
The passing of the baton is well documented and flourishes through his children and grandchildren. Terry Whalin brings a timely read about the man who continues to shape our world through them and the people in the crusades (like me).
Mel Cheatham, M.D.
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