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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
IF THERE WERE SUCH A JOB AS THE NATIONS PASTOR, IT WOULD GO TO BILLY GRAHAM
Graham wasnt born with a mandate to become the face of modern evangelism. Growing up, he wasnt much different from other boys in his town. Billy was more interested in going to the movies than the moving of the Holy Spirit, and he spent more time chasing girls than God. But at a revival meeting the day before his sixteenth birthday, Graham committed himself to Christ and never looked back. That day, he started on the path that would make him the most influential Christian leader in American history.
In Billy Graham: His Life and Influence, acclaimed author David Aikman probes critical episodes of Grahams life that help explain his profound impact, both on the public life of America and other nations and the private lives of their cultural and political leaders. From the racial upheaval of the civil rights movement to the social turmoil of the cold war, Aikman traces Grahams profound influence on a nation as it went through wrenching changes over the span of more than a half century. Through vivid anecdotes and fascinating details, Billy Graham: His Life and Influence tells the story of how a country boy from Charlotte with a heart for God grew up to help shape the world.
David Aikman is former Senior Correspondent for TIME magazine. He has written numerous TIME cover stories, including three "Man of the Year" profiles. Aikman has also written for the Weekly Standard and Christianity Today. He is the author of Great Souls, When the Almond Tree Blossoms, Jesus in Beijing, and the bestseller A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush.
Mark L. Ward, Jr.4 Stars Out Of 5September 27, 2010Mark L. Ward, Jr.Billy Graham is an important 20th century man, and David Aikman tells the story of His Life and Influence exceptionally well. The standard stories are all included, the bases are all covered. Aikman is certainly appreciative of Graham, but he is willing to be critical. I recommend this book, especially if you want to read just one Graham biography.Aikman is largely sympathetic to Graham but is willing to look at issues with a critical eye as well.
Christina Cronauer2 Stars Out Of 5September 22, 2010Christina CronauerBilly Graham is a name everyone knows, and a man many have written about. David Aikman adds his book Billy Graham His Life and Influence to the list. He writes about important times in Grahams life and recounts impacts he has had on political leaders here in the United States and abroad. He starts with Billy as a country boy and follow him through is world changing life.While there was so much information contained within the pages of this book, most of it was regurgitated from other sources. I was excited to start this book, but it didnt take long until I was dreading having to read another chapter. I could not, at all, stay interested and felt I could have just read the books he was quoting over and over. If I were to recommend this book, the recommendation would also come with the statement that - if you like to read books of regurgitated information, then this one is an easy and informative read.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Jenn3 Stars Out Of 5August 7, 2010JennI found this biography very informative about a man I knew little about. It is a well written book and includes the good and bad of a man that has been very influential in this country.
Anne2 Stars Out Of 5July 10, 2010AnneReading this book has really challenged me to think about whether a book is edifying or whether certain information should be in a book. This book is well written, but it is cynical. The first five chapters explain the history of Graham's life up to the crusades in England in the 50s. In this section, it is as if Aikman is putting Graham up on a pedestal. But, from that point on he begins to throw stones at him as he begins to examine Graham's interaction with communist leaders, racism, and with the presidents of our country, the US. He doesn't throw them directly, but he implies conclusions and chooses certain details to include that can feed a feeling of cynicism towards Billy Graham and how he lived his life. Our culture is one that thrives on cynicism right now--the belief that one can see through others to what the truth really is--and this book feeds that feeling by how it is written and the information that is presented. I personally do not know David Aikman so I don't know if he realizes and is aware of how deeply cynicism has pervaded this book. Dick Keyes' points this out in his book Seeing Through Cynicism-- "One reason that cynicism receives little attention is that many people do not even realize that it exists in their own thinking and conversation. Cynical insights, perspectives and critiques are so much a part of modern vocabulary that we get used to them" p. 13. Biographies are supposed to present both the good and bad, the strengths and weaknesses of a person. I agreed with her. If this book were published directly by a secular publisher (and not a Christian publisher owned by a secular publisher), I would understand how and why this book was written this way. But, it has been published by Thomas Nelson. I do hope and expect Christian publishers to publish books that will edify the body of Christ and not tear it down. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Thomas Nelson Publishing.
Travis Edwards3 Stars Out Of 5July 5, 2010Travis EdwardsThis is a review of the book Billy Graham His Life and Influence by David Aikman. I was looking for a fun read about an influential person in our times. It turned out to be a very dry scientific look at how he influenced the world during his time of ministry. This book spent a lot of time explaining his theology and what brought him to that belief. The book did impress me in the honesty and humility that Billy had, even though it seemed he searched for famous people to talk to. If you are doing research on the man this is the book for you. If you are a casual reader interested in a fun biography, you may not be as interested in reading it.
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