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Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham Paperback – Bargain Price, July 24, 2007
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From farm boy to world's best-known preacher, Billy Graham is second only to the pope in matters of spiritual influence. Just As I Am is Graham's chronological account of his rise from his father's North Carolina farm, to his student days at Florida Bible Institute, his first successes at evangelizing, his presidency at Northwestern Schools, the great Los Angeles crusade that launched him into national recognition, his decades of evangelizing around the world, and his encounters and relationships with political figures across the globe. Unlike his fiery sermons, Graham speaks here in a low-key, self-deprecating tone, relating humorous anecdotes, such as his early sermon practices in a swamp, and the moral and apolitical foundation that has set his ministry apart from other well-known evangelists. Although Graham offers few insights into personal relationships with those around him or into his own struggles with faith and career, readers interested in the details of his crusades and other ministerial activities will not be disappointed. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Graham was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 7, 1918, and founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950. In this account, Graham looks back at his life with the down-to-earth warmth and candor that have always characterized his ministry. He remembers his early dairy farm days in Charlotte, his early preaching experiences, and his friendships with numerous presidents and international leaders. With a career spanning 50 years, Graham has been an influential advocate for desegregation and other social issues. His integrity and humility have made him one of the world's most respected leaders. The audio is read by Cliff Barrows, a longtime friend of Graham's. This will be a treasured addition to any library collection. Public libraries should order several copies, as this will certainly be in demand. Highly recommended.?Ravonne A. Green, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The strengths of his book begin with its simple-yet-profound presentation. He is eloquent without being garrulous - simple enough for a young person to read and understand, but hardly superficial. The chapters and sections are well divided. For the Christian reader, the overall message of God's goodness to Billy (and, in his own estimation, often in spite of Billy) will be a source of comfort and encouragement.
The weaknesses of the work are few but important. While the weakness of any autobiography will be its unbalanced presentation, Billy Graham's work is unique. Graham's personal records are fiercely guarded by his son (Franklin) and the BGEA. Thus, the account of Graham's life, personal as it may be, often left me questioning the total accuracy of the story (not so much an accusation of deceit - more of a "sound of one hand clapping" situation). Such questions are well supplemented by additional resources, such as Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, "The Preacher and the Presidents" or Grant Wacker, "America's Pastor" (the latter being the best resource on Graham available, in my opinion). The non-Christian reader may find the overt Christian message of the book obnoxious, but what did you expect?
Overall, a very recommended book for researchers, students, or curious readers.
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