A tribute to “America’s Pastor”
In the last two years I have had the privilege of reading and reviewing two books written by Dr. Billy Graham – The Reason for My Hope: Salvation and Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well. Judging by the number of reviews on Amazon, I came to the conclusion that they were well-received. But I was shocked by the tepid response to Ruth and Billy Graham: The Legacy of a Couple by Hanspeter Nüeschas which was released as recently as January 7, 2014. It has so far managed just 6 Amazon reviews.
Thank You, Billy Graham: A Tribute to the Life and Ministry of Billy Graham by Jerushah Armfield, Aram Tchividjian and Basyle Tchividjian, Graham’s grandchildren, will undoubtedly be a different case. The forward of the book is written by Michael Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan. The book is unique. It is different. It will also draw a huge readership as a tribute to the man who has preached now for 70 years and has delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and has ministered on every continent of the world.
It is meticulously sorted and compiled into different twenty-four chapters, including the foreword and introduction. The chapters are:
Thank You, Billy Graham…
– for Inspiring My Christian Faith
– for Your Spiritual Legacy
– for Your Personal Touch on My Life
– for the Time I Met You in Person
– for the Day I Got Saved
– for Reaching Me with Your Books
– for Reaching Me with Your Movies
– for Setting Such a Good Example
– for Your Classic Crusades
– for Helping Me Deal with Death
– for Helping My Marriage
– for Touching My Life When I Was a Child
– for How You Explained the Gospel
– for Planting Seeds of Faith
– for Helping Me Find Jesus
– for Bringing Me Back to Jesus
– for How You Touched My Family
– for Helping Me Deal with Adversity
– for Saving My Life
– for Everything
– for Sharing Ruth with Us
The uniqueness of this new book is that it is for Billy Graham, “America’s Pastor.” In it the authors have painstakingly compiled letters and notes sent to Billy Graham and published it in book form. The letters are written by family members and strangers, people from far and near, from all corners of the globe whose lives have been touched. He has impacted every section of the global society – from the poorest to the richest. The letters are written with love and gratitude, shedding light not only about the senders’ lives but also about Billy Graham and his ministry and how it impacted lives.
In a way the book showcases the magnitude and gigantic nature and reach of Billy Graham and his ministry. It is a testimony of his love and commitment to Jesus Christ whom he has sought to serve for over seventy-long years. Above all, the letters are inspiring. When God works miracles can happen even if it is only through one single person.