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The Cross and the Switchblade | [David Wilkerson]

The Cross and the Switchblade

Gang-fighters! Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God's love. This is one of the century's great true stories. Over 14 million copies in print!
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Publisher's Summary

The astonishing true story of Wilkerson's outreach to New York teens trapped by drugs and gangs.

Gang-fighters! Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God's love. This is one of the century's great true stories. Over 14 million copies in print!

©1986 David Wilkerson (P)2010 christianaudio.com

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    Carole Arizona, USA 08-19-11
    Carole Arizona, USA 08-19-11 Member Since 2007
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    "hope when there is no hope"

    A very inspiring true account of many set free by the power of the Holy Spirit when there is no earthly hope. And how God can lead those who follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to reach those who they seemingly have nothing in common with.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-12-13
    Ben Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Leaders are readers. Audiobooks count as reading right?

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    "I Couldn't "Put it Down"!"
    Would you listen to The Cross and the Switchblade again? Why?

    Paul Michael did a great job narrating it. His character voices were just right; not too extreme, but enough of a change to add to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a believer, I found the stories of God's love and power changing lives inspiring. My guess would be that even if you don't follow Jesus, you would be touched by the compassion of the main characters and the power of love to change lives.


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

    There were three or four spots I found myself tearing up because of the scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this book enough. It was so inspiring and challenging. And a very easy listen, thanks to the writing and narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Los Angeles, CA 03-07-13
    Rachael Los Angeles, CA 03-07-13
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    "Informative"

    The down to earth way of the preacher makes him relatable. He is honest about his fears and unbelief at events. He does a great job describing all the people he meets, specifically gang members and his experiences with them.

    It does get slow around the 5 hour mark when he talks about the organization that he created. It picks up again about 30-45 minutes to the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer Ocean shores, Australia 01-25-13
    jennifer Ocean shores, Australia 01-25-13
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    "Very Enjoyable Listen You Won't Be Disappointed"
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    A great book, very good narration with very touching stories to go with it. You will not be disappointed in this book. Heartfelt funny and uplifting. I could have listened to this book in one sitting. Great way to spend your time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 06-12-11
    Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 06-12-11 Member Since 2005

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    "This book will impact your heart and soul!"

    Not only is the content of the book excellent but the reader does an amazing job in his delivery. I highly recommend this book and it will impact your heart.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J NEW YORK, NY, United States 07-09-12
    J NEW YORK, NY, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible story of courage & faith"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Adventurous read that tells a true test of faith & following God's lead in a courageous way


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loreen MILLERSBURG, OHIO, United States 12-20-11
    Loreen MILLERSBURG, OHIO, United States 12-20-11
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    "Amazing-Faith building story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cross and the Switchblade the most enjoyable?

    It's awesome listening to this knowing that it's true and factual.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    The reading was very well done with all the accents and good feeling behind it all.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron United States 08-19-12
    Aaron United States 08-19-12
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    "self-agrandizing? maybe... inspired? perhaps"

    I listened to this a few weeks ago, on the recommendation of a speaker whose opinion I respect.

    The autobiography is about a small town preacher who follows the holy spirits urging (os so we must assume) and follows that urging to New York city. After some humiliating attempts to ensconce himself in a public trial, and bring the testimony of Jesus Christ to some murdering gang members, he eventually moves to the Big City. He starts to actually help lost children find meaning and purpose, and for some he helps to find God.

    Often times the tone of the book struck me as holier-than-thou, or of a false humility, but I hesitate somewhat to say that, because I may be wrong. What he actually did was brave, and certainly much needed. His wife and child(ren) were so secondary while all this was happening that I wondered about his priorities a little bit, but put it down as secondary to the story he was relating.

    I actually learned a lot about heroin addiction from this book, and how rare it is for someone to conquer this particular habit, so strong is it. I am glad I read it, but would not like to do it again. somewhat dated in feeling, I think this took place in the 50's or 60's.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eleuterio Lynbrook, NY, United States 02-16-14
    Eleuterio Lynbrook, NY, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "faith moving mountains"
    If you could sum up The Cross and the Switchblade in three words, what would they be?

    faith works love


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cross and the Switchblade?

    How the author continually had success when he stepped back and let things happen.


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

    cried through many parts


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 10-24-13
    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 10-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Really moved me, and I tend to be a cynic."
    What did you love best about The Cross and the Switchblade?

    I loved the risks that David Wilkerson described.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cross and the Switchblade?

    When he was humiliated at the trial and how it lead to so much.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    David Wilkerson


    Any additional comments?

    I think most Christians know about this story a little bit, and have seen some of the more "odd" things that David Wilkerson has said and done over the years, and it might give you doubt, but don't let it! His story of how God moved was truly incredible. It really changed how I see serving the Lord.

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    "God is Awesome!"

    This is an amazing story of David Wilkerson and how he was lead by God to work with the young people of New York City who were caught up in Street Gangs, Prostitution and Drugs. Amazingly it relates to instances that happened 40 years ago but (sadly) could easily relate to life in the 21st Century.

    With God and the help of the love, care and spiritual support of ordinary people these youngsters have had their lives turned around - this book is inspiring and uplifting. The organisation that was founded to help these young people, Teen Challenge, is still operating today all around the world.

    Sadly David Wilkerson died in a car accident in April of this year but his vision still lives on!

    Julie

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