And, at a time when many public figures seem scandal-prone, Dr. And then it happened, sometime around my sixteenth birthday. For weeks Ruth and Billy prayed about whether they should go. People loved to come to our place from all around the neighborhood just to hear him tell his jokes. As a college student, over the Christmas break, I went to a conference where Billy Graham spoke, and although I was already a Jesus follower, I was greatly inspired by his message. It was Pedro who tried to teach me to chew tobacco. Does God always work that way? Aunt Jennie proved to be a marvelous cook, and of course she had a special affection for me because I had been one of her pupils.
Finally we arrived in Oklahoma, headquarters of the Cherokee Nation, home for those Cherokee who had survived the terrible march of the Trail of Tears. Graham also shares such memorable encounters as his plane trip with civil rights leader Dr. There I was born on November 7, 1918, four days before the armistice that ended World War I and one year to the day after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Billy's interaction with these presidents serves as a lesson for all of us for he did not get involved in politics, he prayed with and for them regardless of whether he agreed with them or not, and he genuinely liked them. Even though a bachelor, he never had any women friends that we knew about. He recounts meetings with presidents, celebrities, and world leaders, including Harry S. I worried that his chapters on his relationships with various Presidents and world leaders would just be name-dropping chapters.
I only read it at bedtime, so I'm not getting anywhere fast. At repeal of the Pro-hibition Amendment, Daddy brought home some beer and took the two of us children into the kitchen. I will never forget that moonlit night. The crusades in London and Los Angeles were the most significant in his early career. It took us two or three days to drive to Oklahoma, and we had several tire blowouts on the way.
I might have had some tendencies toward crowd-pleasing wildness when I got behind a steering wheel. I loved the early sections much more than the Cold War--North Korea sections. He talked loudly, even though there was an amplifying system. When Grandmother Coffey died, I was in elementary school, and my sister Catherine and I were called out of school. Lying, cheating, stealing, and property destruction were foreign to me. He took advantage of the time he had, but admitted he might do things differently if given the opportunity. After reading so many heartfelt testimonies from his followers and fans on social media, and seeing part of his powerful memorial service, I had to find out more about this man who had impacted so many lives, including my brother-in-law's, who had accepted Christ at one of his crusades.
He often read scriptures to him, counseled him, and prayed with him. All of this spiritual development was going on quietly in her life for about two years before the Ham meetings in Charlotte. May need free signup required to download or reading online book. At our home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my favorite spot is a little path above the house where I walk alone and talk with God. It was a sanctuary that helped shape my character. In about 1930, I gave my first speech.
Carrying the five-gallon milk cans over to the milk-processing house where my Uncle Clyde worked was a favorite ritual for me. He often took me along on his short trips away from home for the regular ritual of trading with people who wanted to buy one of our cows. He came up with an unusual way to give Catherine and me the cure before we even had a chance to get the habit. Best of all, if after reading an e-book, you buy a paper version of Just as I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham. A textile mill somewhere upstream was discharging poisonous waste into the creek, making it useless for swimming and deadly for drinking.
Just As I Am reveals Billy Graham to be as forthright and engaging as ever as he reflects with plainspoken immediacy on his private life. His life story, and how it was used to glorify Christ, are an inspiration to his generation and every generation after him. If you are looking for great revelation, sordid details, or surprising secrets look elsewhere. He talks about his sales spiel: He would go from house to house, knocking on doors all day long. At first he was confident that his bank in Charlotte would reopen, but it did not. I really enjoyed this book, although it's length seemed to go on forever.
My closest schoolfriends were Sam Paxton, Wint Covington, and Julian Miller. Graham records his early life, becoming a Christian, and the way he was called to be an evangelist and set up an organization. Before I was ten, she had made me memorize the Westminster Presbyter-ian Shorter Catechism. After every Crusade, the finances were audited by external agencies and the audit published in the local papers. Henceforth, invitations to preach soon arrived from East Germany and Czechoslovakia. So often he will throw in a little rememberance that is only a couple of paragraphs long. Fortunately, his wife, a God-fearing Scotswoman named Maggie McCall, influenced the character formation of their eight daughters and three sons by teaching them precepts and principles from the Scriptures.
He smoked only the proverbial good 5¢ cigar. He has both of his eyes and both of his legs. They had to be, or they could not have endured the hardships and setbacks of farming in the twenties and thirties. What were their relationships and marriages like? There are no deep dark secrets exposed and Mr. They hated each other with some ancient instinct when they went in, but after spending the night inside they came out as friends forever. The natural cycles of birth and death were commonplace and unavoidable. As an evangelist, he purposefully steered clear of areas of dissention between denominations or catholic and protestant.
Some chapters were of less interest than others of course, my favorites w It takes a while to get through this biography, but then Mr. Throughout his career, Graham preached to millions around the world. Illustrating how challenging and far-from-straightforward the relationship of men and women is in real life, he draws many insights for relationships and marriage today. Some chapters were of less interest than others of course, my favorites were the ones in which he described his relationships with political leaders. The racket from the saw made it hard for Reese to hear, so he turned a little to listen. And, at a time when many public figures seem scandal-prone, Dr.