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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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    Rastein 03-07-13
    Rastein 03-07-13 Member Since 2014
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Arizona, USA 08-19-11
    Carole Arizona, USA 08-19-11 Member Since 2014
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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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    jennifer 01-25-13
    jennifer 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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    dr Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 06-12-11
    dr Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 06-12-11 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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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 08-19-12
    Aaron 08-19-12 Member Since 2015
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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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    J. Peck OK 07-20-15
    J. Peck OK 07-20-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Wow! A truly amazing story of God's providence and Grace"

    Read this book. You won't regret it. Paul Michael is one of the best audio book performers there is. If you choose to listen to this book, you can't go wrong with this version.

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    Virginia B H Pigott 07-18-15
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    Amazing story of the impact of a life truly led by the Holy Spirit. Praise God!

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