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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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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.

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  • dr Frank
  • Beaver Falls, PA, United States
  • 06-12-11

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Amazing and inspirational true story!!

I couldn't hardly wait to keep listening to this story! It was moving, inspirational, and lit a fire inside of me! Thank you thank you!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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This what it means to live as Christian

The book is a fine example of what it means when God says "Not by power or by might, but by my spirit."

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Amazing amazing amazing

I read the book many times and it keep getting better and better. It's a must read and I just love it and I can highly recommend it

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Great book.

I would recommend this book to anyone and have to many. it is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago..... maybe more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Ben
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 07-12-13

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.

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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.

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  • J
  • 12-15-11

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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  • AnneDriscoll
  • 11-17-17

Hope & Inspiration

This book gives hope to a dying world even more so now than in the late 1950’s, our youth are faced with drugs, porn, & world turned on its head in relation to gender identity & sexuality. Wrong is right & right is wrong, the murder of innocent children in the womb is normalised & a good thing to do, I grieve for the youth who have no guidance, no moral compass. The zeitgeist of this generation demands self first at all times. Our children are subjected to filth on television enforced & endorsed by a media that is destroying their moral fibre at a frightening pace.The only answer for this, the one & only hope Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit,without him there is not.

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  • Leon
  • 11-02-16

Inspirational ! Glory be to God. A must read for anyone !

Easy to follow read, nice pace.
Very heartwarming and Inspirational.
An insight into how God can work in mysterious ways and overcome challenges.

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  • Mr. T. Whittaker
  • 10-25-16

The Spirit that moves

What made the experience of listening to The Cross and the Switchblade the most enjoyable?

I read this as a young man and was amazed at what the Spirit of Christ can do - my faith was strengthened. Now, listening to it 50 years later I am still amazed but know that He is all powerful - that's awesome.

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

In parts I laughed and other parts I cried but throughout I was blessed.

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Such faith is needed so much in the Church today - may God's spirit revive His Church and bring souls to Him.

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  • tamcco
  • 05-15-16

Great book, 70s era, but still as relevant today!

Loved it, very relevant and interesting, to both the Christian and non Christian alike. Thanks to David, can't wait to speak to you on the other side. A worthwhile life following the Lord and Holy Spirit with trust and valour!!

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  • Mr. Andrew Trentham
  • 05-05-15

A true miracle

What an Inspirational book
Just shows you how God can show how generous
He can be if only we trust Him

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  • mrs
  • 12-06-14

GOD IS GOOD

If you could sum up The Cross and the Switchblade in three words, what would they be?

SEE WHAT GOD CAN DO IF WE ARE ONLY WILLING

What other book might you compare The Cross and the Switchblade to, and why?

RUN BABY RUN, THE LAD GOD SAVED

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  • Sarah
  • 06-17-17

Incredible. One of the best books I've heard.

Powerful, humbling, heart-breaking and hope-giving. A must listen. You won't regret it. Five stars. Enjoy

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  • Mark
  • 10-26-16

A fantastic story

A very inspiring testimony of how the Holy spirit can change lives, how the Lord will provide for the needs of those who trust in him and pray.
also of Gods live for us all no matter how low we have stooped.