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|Title: Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God|
By: Lon Allison
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2019
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Stock No: WW602058
New preface by the author, new to this edition.
Billy Graham said, "You have no idea how sick I get of the name Billy Graham, and how wonderful and thrilling the name Christ sounds to my ears." So why another book about him? Lon Allison, evangelist himself, and popular evangelical pastor in Wheaton, Illinois, has learned much from Billy. Allison retells the highlights of what has been, by any objective account, a fascinating life, and tells it in a way that resonates with the Graham legacy of serving God and seeking to spread the Good News.
Every stage of Grahams life is included, even the rough spots, with appreciation and a desire to answer the question: What can we learn from the life and ministry of Billy Graham? What is his legacy? What was his message and how might it still be relevant for today.
"Many will welcome the intimate details of his life revealed by Allison. Their close relationship allows the author to present a birds-eye view of the evangelist." David Gibson, Catholic News Service
"With all the books out there about Billy Graham, do we really need another? Lon Allison, former executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, says Grahams recent death provides a fresh opportunity to look at the man and his message. The result is Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God. Allison has written this attractive volume for a generation that has never heard of Billy Graham. So he has kept the writing informal and pastoral, with frequent asides to explain key points to the uninitiated about the man and his evangelical theology...Allison, who is an accomplished evangelist himself, departs from previous treatments of Billy Graham by repeatedly highlighting the gospel that he preached, following the evangelists desire that people focus not on him but on the God who had saved him. In describing an ordinary man and his extraordinary God, Allison has succeeded admirably." Stan Guthrie, editor at large, Christianity Today
"Lons compelling reflections of Dr. Grahams life, ministry, and character give us an up close and personal acquaintance with one of historys most significant proclaimers of the Gospel. Lon artistically weaves stories of his friendship with Billy in the context of Dr. Grahams relentless passion to bring people to Christ." Joe Stowell, President, Cornerstone University
"With an insiders perspective, Lon has captured Billy Grahams relentless commitment to evangelism, heartbeat of grace-filled relationships, and God-trusting enormous vision. Lon shows through his own life how Dr. Grahams timeless core is an inspiring model to study and emulate." Dr. Roger Parrott, President, Belhaven University
"I love this book! Lon, who personally knew Billy Graham in both formal and informal settings, is just the right man to introduce us to the human side of the famous evangelist. Yes, there were the large crusades, fiery preaching, and press conferences. But there is also that other side of Billy, relaxing in a chair, visiting, asking questions, and encouraging all whom he met. Once again you will be impressed by Billys humility, his deferential attitude toward others, and his down-to-earth view of the world. No matter how much you have read about Billy Graham you will discover this is a delightful page-turner. Read it and pass it along." Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church, author of Rescuing the Gospel
"There are many exhaustive books on Dr. Billy Graham. What makes this one special is its unique accessibility. Lon covers the contours of Dr. Grahams life, while finding the applicability for our own. Yes, you will learn the life story of Dr. Graham, but you will also learn his life motivationgiving himself unreservedly, so that people like us, from all walks of life, from all over the world, would know we are loved by God. Through this book, as you take an interest in Dr. Graham, you cannot help but take encouragement knowing God knows you and loves you." Gary Walter, President, The Evangelical Covenant Church