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If you are looking for a great book with loads of detailed information on the life of and surrounding Billy Graham, this is a great one for your library. If you want more of the heart, humor, and wisdom of Billy Graham, pick up  the books of interviews between Rev. Graham and David Frost. Between the two (add in Billy Graham’s “Just as I Am”) and you’ll have a good picture of the man, at least as much as you can from a distance.

Now, back to this book. Like I said before, if you want information, this is the book. I knew before I read the book that the author used to be a correspondent for Time magazine but if I did not know, I would have known by the end of the second chapter. While the first chapter really drew me in and got me excited exploring deeper into this great man’s life, the rest read more like a great college thesis paper. Don’t get me wrong, it is so worth it but it’s not my normal style of reading.

The chapter topics are chosen well to organize the topics that cover his life from ministry to relationships with presidents over the years. The details of the information go back and forth over the pages which are hard to follow at times but comprehensive. It details a day and age that was tailored made for the impact of the Billy Graham legacy. It leaves me realizing that Billy Graham would not be able to have the same impact he has had in today’s enviroment. The message is the same but the enviroment was ripe for his rise as one of God’s instruments.

I loved the book though it was hard to follow here and there. If you have any interest in the man and his ministry, it’s a must have.

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.

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Yesterday, while studying for the message for Sunday, the song “While I’m Waiting” from John Weller came on. This song has been following me for a long time and got me to thinking about the road I have been on for the last year and a half.

See, back in September of 2008, I was at a convention in Nashville for Christian booksellers and they were previewing the movie “Fireproof” for us before it came out in theaters. When I came in, they had already started with different people involved in the project were talking. I found a place just inside the door to stand and listen before trying to find a seat in the 200 person auditorium. Beside me stood a man who stood out to me for no particular reason and I was trying to figure if I knew him or not. About that time, they called him to the stage to perform the one of the songs from the movie, “While I’m Waiting”. I had never heard of John Weller at that point and still don’t know why he stood out to me. (I wrote more about this night on another blog back then which you can find here.)

From that blog, this is how that song hit me that night….

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