Before he became America's pastor, he was simply known as "Billy." His good friend Charles Templeton was already a successful preacher, and the two young men strategized to evangelize the world. But their plans took a drastic turn when Templeton became an atheist. Discover the stunning impact of that decision in this story of betrayal and hope! Unabridged. 7.5 hours. Read by Ken Souer.
Charles Templeton was one of the greatest preachers of the mid-twentieth century, and a friend and mentor to a young Billy Graham. He was also in the early stages of becoming an atheist. Based on the remarkable true story, Billy is the untold account of the early years of Billy Graham and the relationship between these two extraordinary men told from the perspective of a dying Charles Templeton. Reminiscing to a reporter from his hospital bed in 2001, the haunted Templeton recounts Billy's simple beginnings, the moving love story of Ruth Bell, the moves of "chance" and divine blessing that brought him success, and the growth of their friendship. Together, they had envisioned plans to win the world for Christ. But life brought them both to a crisis of faith. You already know how the Billy Graham story turns out. Billy tells of a moment in history when things might have turned out very differently.
Bill McKay is an award-winning filmmaker and producer, and president of American Trademark Pictures. His documentary, Great Souls, based on the book by David Aikman, was an award-winning television presentation in 2006. He is also the coauthor, along with George Barna, of Vital Signs: Emerging Social Trends and the Future of American Christianity.
Ken Abraham is a New York Times best-selling author known around the world for his collaborations with high-profile public figures. His recent books include God in My Corner with George Foreman and Let's Roll! with Lisa Beamer, widow of United Flight 93 hero Todd Beamer
We all know how the story ends but how did it begin? Before he became a household name, and America's Pastor, he was simply known as Billy. When he wasn't playing baseball, he was discovering his love for Christian ministry. His best friend, Charles Templeton, was already on track to be a highly successful evangelist and the two young men began strategizing on how to win the world for Christ. That plan takes a drastic turn, however, when Templeton deserts the faith and becomes an atheist. The impact of this decision on a young Billy Graham is immeasurable and agonizing. Charles would later become the great intellectual architect for agnosticism and atheism. Billy would become the single greatest messenger for the Christian Gospel. It is one of the great untold dramas between friends - Atheism vs Christianity, betrayal and hope.