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A Legacy of Love: Things I Learned from My Mother Hardcover – March 20, 2005

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Ruth Graham, the third daughter of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, honors her famous mother in this beautifully designed book, an appropriate gift for Mother's Day. Its brief chapters focus on the theme of legacy, as Graham reflects on what her mother taught her about God, writing, morality and loving life. We see Ruth Bell Graham as a woman with a well-honed sense of humor and seemingly inexhaustible energy, whose childhood with missionary parents in China gave her a profound compassion for those in pain. Graham writes engagingly of her mother's voracious love of reading, of the cheerful and caring letters she wrote to her children when they were homesick at boarding school or college, and of the decisive way she bought the 150 acres for their home when evangelist Billy was out of town. Readers will appreciate this tender tribute to faith and motherhood, as well as the book's fly-on-the-wall glimpses into what it was like to grow up in the First Family of American evangelicalism.
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Ruth Graham, third child and youngest daughter of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, shares sentimental insights, stories, and lessons learned from her mother through her childhood and into her adult life. Beautiful, personal insights told from Ruth’s unique perspective show all how to leave a legacy—a legacy of love.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310804396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310804390
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With Mother's Day just around the corner, Zondervan has released a loving portrait of one of the 20th century's most visible wives and mothers --- Ruth Bell Graham, wife of Billy and mother to Anne (Graham Lotz), Franklin, Gigi, Ruth, and Ned. Ruth is the author of this collection of memories and her sepia-tinged prose is full of personal stories that create a scrapbook-like profile of her mother that spans Ruth Bell's childhood in China to her current role as family matriarch in North Carolina.

A LEGACY OF LOVE is certainly sentimental, but it hovers above schmaltz by including many of the lessons Ruth Bell taught her children that garnered her such keen admiration in the first place. One gets the sense that Ruth Bell was a woman with a lot on her mind, most of it relating to her faith, and she was eager to pass that faith-filled perspective along to her children.

"Mother was sitting with a visitor and me looking out at the patch of lawn in the front of our house and the few sentinel pine trees growing up above the lawn from lower ground. Mother told us that, originally, she and my father had planned to build our home at a lower spot on the mountain, about where those pine trees were standing. In order for the house to have a view, Mother and Daddy would have had to cut those trees down. Daddy was open to doing so, but Mother was not. Apparently, the property's original homesteader had carried the trees as saplings on his back all the way from Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi. Mother could not bear to feel the trees after such a sacrifice.

To solve the problem, Mother explained, she and Daddy simply decided to build the house at a higher point on the mountain.
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This is a gift book in more ways than one. First of all, it is a nicely designed book that would make an elegant, but humble, small gift. It's a thin volume 5.5 x 5.5 inches square and is deliberately a creative "creation." The text, which is printed on semi-glossy, egg-shell-colored paper, is adorned on almost every page with photographs-and-artwork; these are decorative treatments in pastellish colors. The illustrations fit the topics being discussed in the story.

(One of the photos that I enjoyed most and which I know will stay in my memory is a picture of Ruth Graham's desk, showing the things she kept on it and on the wall around her--her special mementos and inspirations. Another is a picture of the home that Ruth planned and superintended the building of. Ruth was both a dedicated writer and a super-HOMEmaker, building from start to finish the house-and-home she wanted for her family. She even loved finding just the right piece of beat-up old "junk" furniture and repairing it carefully while she watched over her children playing outdoors. One section of the book is about what Ruth felt was "woman's highest calling," which was to be a wife and mother and to make a home for her family. Her daughter wrote, "Making a home was what Mother enjoyed doing, and she often said as much: 'Liberated to stay at home,' she would say. She looked upon homemaking as an artistic endeavor, and her home was "her canvas.")

At the end of this little volume are several lined pages for writing down choice reflections. Like a little mini-space for journaling just a few things that one reads and reacts to in the story about Ruth Bell Graham.
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Wonderful book, so far. I am enjoying the family life of the Billy Graham family from one of their daughters. I have read many books by Ruth Bell Graham, Billy Graham and Anne, their oldest daughter. This book is by their youngest daughter Ruth.
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Ruth is a fine example of a Christian woman and I enjoy reading just about anything on her but her childrens books about her really give personal detail that other books dont. She's such a character and while she's predictable as a Christian, her quirky and unpredictable social behaviors will send you laughing for hours. I wish I could have met her. What a gal!
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This is an awesome book about Ruth (Bunny) and her mother, Ruth Graham. It strengthened my faith and was a pleasure to read.
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