This is the story of Arthur Blessitt who was called by God in the 1960s to minister the hippies, Hell's Angels, runaways, drug addicts, teen prostitutes, flower children, would-be actors and rock stars, and other young people who were part of the emerging youth scene in Hollywood, CA. Answering this call was an important step for him to take. In 1968, his prayers were answered for a meeting place for those he ministered to on the Sunset Strip which became know as "His Place". Furnished with leftover materials from a local electric company, an "old rugged cross" took center stage profoundly attracting attendees and changing lives. Later that year, while prayer early one morning, Blessitt sensed God saying to him: "I want you to take the cross that is hanging in His Place and carry it across America." That was the beginning of an incredible journey of faith that has lasted over 38 years and has led Arthur Blessitt to travel around the world in almost 290 nations and island groups to share the love of Jesus Christ.
Unbridged. 5 CDs. Read by Wayne Shepherd.
On June 13, 2008, Arthur Blessitt walked his 38,102nd mile in Zanzibar, off of the coast of Tanzania, completing a journey that began in 1969. Arthur started walking with a twelve-foot cross on December 25, 1969, and has successfully carried a large wooden cross into every nation and major island group of the world. In this audio book you will follow Arthur’s journey from his initial call from God to carry a cross from Hollywood, where he was known as the minister of Sunset Strip,” across America to its capital, Washington, DC. Then you will accompany Arthur as he hacks his way through the Darien Jungle from Panama to Colombia. You’ll join Arthur and his son, Joshua, as they take the cross to South Africa in 1986. You will be moved by the stories of how God used them to bring spiritual, physical, and relational healing to many during the final tumultuous days of racial apartheid. You will also trek with Arthur and his wife, Denise, as they cross desert sands to take the cross to Saudi Arabia when the nation was closed to tourists and into regions of the former USSR just weeks after its collapse. You’ll be amazed by how people in all cultures respond to the cross. As Arthur has traveled around the world, he has found the cross to be a universal symbol of God’s love that breaks down the barriers of language and culture. He writes, Perhaps I’m the only person in history who has been physically shaped by the weight of a cross. But the changes the cross has brought to my physical body are not important.What is important is how the cross has changed my life, and the lives of so many others, from the inside out!”
"When God called Arthur Blessitt to carry a twelve-foot cross from Hollywood to Washington, DC in 1969, he didn't know the journey would take 39 years, and 38,000 miles. Wayne Shepherd captures Arthur's "message of life" with an effortless narration and authenticityfrom the trials of aching, blistered feet to confrontations with Hells Angels and then, moving abroad, to nations ravaged by war. Shepherds depiction of a gang member who accepted Christ only to be killed five weeks later is bittersweet. The production follows Arthur's coast-to-coast journey and continues through 315 nations, to journey completion in Zanzibar, Africa, in 2008. This amazing travelogue made the Guinness Book of Records in 1969, and the Millennium 2000 edition. A bonus interview with Blessitt completes the book."
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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