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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.
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.
I don't want to sound critical of anything Dr. Graham has done. God has used him in a mighty way to preach the gospel all around the world and countless lives have undoubtedly been changed because of his faithfulness.
The book, however seemed to be more about the crusades and the inner workings, behind the scenes stories of how they came about.
I expected more personal stories and experiences of Dr. Graham and the people he encountered than what I heard from the book.
Although it was not a disappointment, it was not what I expected.
I have known about Billy Graham all my life. I have heard good and bad things. I am confident that Brother Billy painted an accurate account of the facts. What a modern day story of Revival here in the 20th century. I thank the LORD above for all He used Billy for. To God be the Glory.
Wonderful inside look at so many people Rach impact our country.
This book made me really examine my life and make a new commitment to God.
Engaging but poorly read
A truly inspirational life of an ordinary man.
The reading was extremely stilted and read with no thought for how people really sound when they speak naturally.
With a better narrator I would have loved this book.
If you appreciate the work of Billy Graham, you will enjoy this biography.
The only disappointment is that the audio is abridged. I feel as though there were chapters cut short and many stories were left out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A pleasant surprise that was not really a surprise at all.
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.
Probably not. The book was informational and gave insight into Rev. Graham's humanity, but it was not particularly emotionally gripping.
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