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Just as I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham | [Billy Graham]

Just as I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham

Through his many years of public ministry, Dr. Graham has led by his extraordinary example of integrity. In this unforgettable memoir, he looks back at it all with down-to-earth warmth and candor, from his upbringing and early preaching to his internationally influential public ministry.
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Publisher's Summary

Billy Graham has touched millions with his message of faith, and now, for the first time, he tells his life story in a momentous work of insight. Hailed as the world's preacher, Dr. Graham has been taken by his calling as an evangelist to every nation, from major capitals to the most remote outposts. His crusades have spanned more than 50 years, and he has been part of history in the making, from his famed antisegregation stance to his friendship with every president since Eisenhower. Through his many years of public ministry, Dr. Graham has led by his extraordinary example of integrity. In this unforgettable memoir, he looks back at it all with down-to-earth warmth and candor, from his upbringing and early preaching to his internationally influential public ministry.

(P) and ©1997 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Harper Audio/Zondervan, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1997, Memoir/Biography/Autobiography.
  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 1998 Audie Award, Best Inspirational/Spiritual.

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    David R. Bess Charleston, WV 11-26-09
    David R. Bess Charleston, WV 11-26-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "The 20th Century's Greatest Evangelist"

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I always have respected Billy Graham and admired his work, but now I have been provided insight into his heart and soul. Beginning with his childhood, Graham describes how God worked in his life to take him to international prominence as an evangelist. He is undoubtedly the greatest evangelist of the 20th century, and the events described in this book are nothing short of miraculous. Many of us grew up with Billy Graham, and may have simply taken his ministry for granted. Here in this volume however, we see how God was moving powerfully through a humble, single-minded Baptist preacher to shake the world for Christ. If you have a heart for evangelism, you won't want to miss this book. If you don't have a heart for evangelism, then reading this book may very well change your priorities. This title already is quickly becoming a classic.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ed amarillo, TX, United States 04-27-11
    Ed amarillo, TX, United States 04-27-11
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    "A little less than I expected but worth the listen"

    Although, he says over and over that his ministry was not about the 'big names' and 'big venues' there is much mention of both. I am sure that with his ministry and his history with the millions of lives that he touched it would difficult to remember, let alone list the countless unfamiliar names and lives that he interacted with.
    I would have liked to hear more about the personal Billy Graham as opposed to the professional Billy Graham.
    Still; it was not time wasted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Levi Johnson 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just As I Am - Billy Graham - A Role Model"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book because in it Billy Graham models a life of singular focus on what God called him to do, and because regardless of how many powerful figures he befriended or interacted with or the massive size of the crowds which attended his crusades, he maintained an attitude of utmost humility, giving all glory to God. I would love to be half the man Billy Graham was.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course the central figure, Billy Graham, but what I also found interesting were his portraits of the people he befriended or interacted with, like his wife, or the numerous presidents which counted him as friend. Richard Nixon stands out as one character who I had always had a negative opinion of because of Watergate, but through Billys' portrail discovered him to be a man of integrity and conviction and deeply honored the Office of the President, who was loved by many based on the 40,000 people who attended his funeral, including Bill Clinton.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt as if it put into perspective how I want to serve God with my life, with simplicity and humility. It also taught me that even devoutly Christian men love to think for themselves and not blindly follow their faith.


    Any additional comments?

    Having already listened to the biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson, I was expecting more detail about Bill Grahams' life than he offered, so this Autobiography seemed a bit short considering that at the time of its' publication he was 74. Other than that, I really appreciated how he included the pinnacle moments and tipping points of his life and ministry which helped to shape his life, and the window he provided into the life of a minister, pastor, and evangelist. I hope that someday, someone like Isaacson will write an exhaustive biography of Graham, but regardless, this book is a worthy investment providing insight into the life of a man who God used to introduce Jesus Christ to many generations and people, rich and poor, young and old, who stood up for the civil rights of blacks when it wasn't popular, and who gives us a powerful example of how it behooves one to live, in the service of humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stanley 05-04-15
    Stanley 05-04-15
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    "No dark secrets exposed."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.


    Would you recommend Just as I Am to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


    Which character – as performed by Cliff Barrows and Introduction by Billy Graham – was your favorite?

    n/a


    Did Just as I Am inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up being continually exposed to BGEA and purchased this book to clarify some history I already had a some of knowledge about. This is not a hard hitting tell all book in any way shape or form. There are no deep dark secrets exposed and Mr. Graham never takes the kid gloves off. Being interested in his encounters with several Presidents I paid particular attention as he talked about his relationships with Gen. Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, RMN, Carter, RWR, GHWB, Bubba & HRC. I was greatly disappointed with many inconsistencies in the POTUS/FLOTUS anictdotes compared to other biographies I have read and what I remember from that period. Mr. Graham makes them all out to be saints which tends to detract from the books credibility. In much of the book there was a sense of listening to the adventures of John-boy Walton. There were a few comments that just didn't sound right but Mr. Graham makes it clear that he is not perfect and that he was never seeking his own glory. I am left with a sense of peace about disagreeing with the infamous Billy Graham on minor issues with out jeopardizing my salvation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 12-17-13
    Jordan ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 12-17-13
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    "An accurate title"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The voice acting was quite awful. The introduction and epilogue, both by Billy Graham himself, exuded warmth, friendliness, and an easiness with the words that simply emphasized the narrator's clumsiness and woodenness through the heart of the text.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A pleasant surprise that was not really a surprise at all.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was very choppy, like a TV reporter that you can tell is just reading off a teleprompter. There was no heart or life in his voice; he was just reading words off of a page.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. The book was informational and gave insight into Rev. Graham's humanity, but it was not particularly emotionally gripping.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    raphael United States 11-20-12
    raphael United States 11-20-12
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    "just as i am"
    What made the experience of listening to Just as I Am the most enjoyable?

    it was written well and it connects the man to his life


    Would you be willing to try another book from Billy Graham? Why or why not?

    yes because God used him greatly


    What does Cliff Barrows and Introduction by Billy Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    it made it personal as if you are sitting next to them


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I was reading alongside a hard copy of the book and it was confusing because the book is a revised version and has more than what the audio has

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Wilmington, NC, United States 11-22-11
    David Wilmington, NC, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing Life!"

    This is a very inspirational story. Billy Graham has lived an amazing life, and it is great to be able to hear the full story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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