Friday, July 1, 2011

Weekend Book Review: Billy Graham in Quotes

I would say that most practicing Christians have probably at least heard of the name Billy Graham. Saved by grace during a church tent revival service as a young man, Billy went on to preach the good news to millions of people. And he did it with faith, fervor, conviction and love.

I was super excited to be able to review the recently published book, Billy Graham in Quotes, a book that is filled with the wise words that this grace-saved man of God spoke throughout his living years as an evangelist and preacher.

Compiled by his son, Franklin Graham (founder of Samaritan's Purse ministry) and Donna Lee Toney, the quotes are arranged into topical sections.

Let me list just a sampling of some of those sections as there are more than one-hundred topics!

Addiction, Anger, Anxiety, Character, Children, Church, Conscience, Convictions, Death, Deception, the Devil, Discipleship, End Times, Eternity, Faith, Family, Forgiveness, God's Will, Grace, Greed, Heaven, Hell, Holy Spirit, Home, Influence, Jesus, Joy, Living the Christian Life, Loneliness, Lust, Marriage, Money, Patience, Peace, Persecution, Pleasure, Pride, Race, Religion, Repentance, Salvation, Sin, Speech, Strength, Suffering, Surrender, Temptation, Thankfulness, Time, War, Work, Worry, Worship.

Wow! And there are more where that came from!

Now, it is important to remember that there is no written work that has more authority than the Word of God - the Bible. And so, one should look at the quotes written in this book as inspiration and motivation, but not as inerrant or absolute. There's only one book that's ever been written that is inerrant and absolute, and that is The Word.

However, if you enjoyed listening to Billy Graham when he was alive and preaching, or if you like to display inspirational quotes around your home (on your whiteboard on the fridge, on your decorative chalkboard), then this would be a great book for you. I am responsible for formatting and printing our church's bulletins each week; I always put an inspirational quote from a Christian figure each week so I plan on using this book for that purpose as well.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.*


Thistle Cove Farm said...

I bet this is a wonderful book. My mother in law taught Billy Graham while he was in high school in NC and she was student teaching from, then, Queen's College.

Pam said...

I gave my life to the Lord when I was about 10 while watching Billy Graham on T.V. All the Grahams are very precious to my heart. This book looks like a good one, I will have to keep my eye out for it.
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings, Pam

Wendi said...

I didn't to attend the Billy Graham Crusade several years ago when it came to town and that is one of my regrets.

Wanted you to know that I have been stopping by, but it has been extremely busy and I haven't taken the time to comment like I want to.

Hope you 4th was wonderful!