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USA Today best seller list. Many have written about Billy Graham, the evangelist. This is the first book about Billy Graham, the father, written from the perspective of a son who knew him best. 

As a beloved evangelist and a respected man of God, Billy Graham’s stated purpose in life never wavered: to help people find a personal relationship with God through a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. This was a calling that only increased over time, and Billy embraced it fully throughout his active ministry and beyond. Yet Billy pursued his life’s work, as many men do, amid a similarly significant calling to be a loving husband and father. 

While most people knew Billy Graham as America’s pastor, Franklin Graham knew him in a different way, as a dad. And while present and future generations will come to their own conclusions about Billy Graham and the legacy that his commitment to Christ has left behind, no one can speak more insightfully or authoritatively on that subject than a son who grew up in the shadow of his father’s life and the examples of his father’s love. This vulnerable audiobook is a look at both Billy Graham the evangelist and Billy Graham the father, and the impact he had on a son who walked in his father’s steps while also becoming his own man, leading ministries around the world, all of it based on the foundational lessons his father taught him. 

“My father left behind a testimony to God,” says Franklin, “a legacy not buried in a grave but still pointing people to a heaven-bound destiny. The Lord will say to my father, and to all who served Him obediently, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’ [Matthew 25:21].”

©2018 Franklin Graham (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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Wonderful story of Jesus

Wonderful story of a Godly man who loved our Savior and went all over the world telling others about Jesus. He always preached a salvation message about how Jesus saves and loves us. I would recommend this book to everyone in the whole world.

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  • dearlisa
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  • 08-03-18

Excellent!

I highly recommend. Great message, great legacy and some stories I had never heard along with some humor.

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wonderful

wonderful remembrance of Billy Graham's testimony and selfless vision as seen through his son's eyes. God bless you, Franklin Graham.

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this story will not disappoint and will inspire

greatly enjoyed this inspirational story as told from Franklin as his earthly father cast the seed of the gospel and salvation to all of the world and continues to do so.

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Lessons Learned from Earthly and Heavenly Father

There are few people that I respect more than Billy Graham. He was a faithful preacher of God’s Word and had a sincere desire that all would be saved. As an evangelist, his theology was Arminian, using invitations to lead to individual decisions, rather than God’s sovereign election.
This book by his son Franklin, has a title that has a double meaning. Though some readers may rightly believe it refers to the author’s earthly father, it also, more so, refers to his heavenly father. The book contains lessons that the author learned from his earthly father. It is part biography and part autobiography and is saturated in scripture.
The author had been working on the book for a number of years. Each chapter starts with a Billy Graham quote. The book covers a wide variety of subjects and contains some wonderful stories. The author addresses controversies in his father’s life, such as comments that led some to believe that he felt that there were multiple ways to get to Heaven, family disagreements about where his mother would be buried and his father’s view of Jewish people.
Some of the topics that are covered in the book include:
• Forgiveness, salvation and the cross
• Warm remembrances of his mother Ruth Bell Graham. He bought both his mother Ruth (who died in 2007) and his father (who died February 21, 2018) wooden caskets made by prisoners at the Angola Prison.
• The Bible
• The church
• Communicating the Gospel through television.
• Sin and the moral decline in America
• Prayer
• Preaching the Gospel through evangelistic crusades
• Letter writing
• Sharing the Gospel in hostile situations
• His leadership of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA).
• Billy Graham’s final TV message “The Cross”
Franklin Graham loves this country. He writes of his “Decision America” tour leading up to the 2016 presidential election. He stated that it was “high noon” for America, as he preached on the steps at each state capitol and led the attendees in prayer at noon during the week. He didn’t endorse either of the candidates, but instead encouraged voters to become familiar with the party platforms and then vote for the party which most closely aligns to biblical principles.
Billy Graham’s death in February was addressed in the Postscript.
I enjoyed this book which covered a large number of topics by a son who loved and was loved by both his earthly and heavenly fathers.

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great book

Loved it. This was a very good book, very informative. I was moved by the content.