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Publication Date: 2014
This is the story of David Wilkerson, the man who believed against the odds that God could do great things in the rejected and ignored of New York City, who refused to give up on those on the streets even when they had given up on themselves, and who saw in the eyes of the drug addicts and gang members what others failed to seethe love of Jesus Christ.
But who was David Wilkerson? Many Christians dont really know. More often than not, we saw the fruit of his faith in God rather than the man himself.
When Wilkerson moved to New York from rural Pennsylvania in 1958 to confront the gangs who ran the streets, he was a skinny, 120-pound man. After the initial publicity that brought him face to face with some of the most dangerous young men of the city, he largely flew under the radar of the media, using the Word of God and a bit of tough love to help men and women of the street escape the destructive spiral of drugs and violence. Wilkerson was always the real deal, full of passion and conviction, not interested in what others said was the right or political thing to do.
Wilkerson later founded the Times Square Church, now a non-denominational mega-church of 8,000 members, to this day a crossroads for those battling sin, drugs, and pornography, and a place where the message of Christ is discussed. He created the faith-based program Teen Challenge to wean addicts off drugs, and then World Challenge, dedicated since its beginning to promoting and spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Both now have branches worldwide, continuing the work that God began in the life of one man who believed
David Wilkerson was a man of faith who trusted God would give him what he needed to enter a world of crime and killing. He was a man of conviction who took the dream God gave him and marched forward without ever looking back. And he was a man of vision who could not be shaken from his beliefssometimes even when counseled otherwise. David Wilkerson was the preacher of New York City.
Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the lead pastor of The Springs Church, which he and others launched in 2009 and has grown rapidly by God's grace. Gary travels nationally and internationally to conduct conferences for pastors, missionaries and Christian workers and to oversee mission ventures including church plants, orphanages, health clinics and feeding programs among the poor and unreached people of the world. Gary and his wife, Kelly, have four children and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
R.S.B. Sawyer is a writer whose work has appeared in HarperOnes Best Christian Writing Series. He and his wife, Joy Roulier Sawyer, live in Denver, where they are active in the Lighthouse Writers Workshop community. Their editing work together has earned awards from the Associated Church Press and the Catholic Press Association.
Scott n Isaiah5 Stars Out Of 5EnjoyedOctober 20, 2016Scott n IsaiahQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book is a jewel. David is still touching lives, snatching from the fire and reflecting Christ with some of the snap shots of his life. Thank you for writing this.
Betty Kirby5 Stars Out Of 5The Cross and the Switchblade and the Man Who BelievedJanuary 1, 2015Betty KirbyMeets Expectations: 5It was an excellent book. Very informative and gave a lot of background into the real life of David Wilkerson. Would recommend it to everyone who likes a good Christian book--better than fiction. I remember David Wilkerson from way back when he first started Teen Challenge and his books. Received his publications also. This book should make a Christian better appreciate the true servants of the Lord and remember to pray for them, as they are faced with the same obstacles and temptations as everyone else. David Wilkerson truly touched the heart of God and gave and gave without expecting anything for himself except that God would show up in every case and receive all the glory due His Holy Name. Powerful book. I learned quite a bit that I didn't know before reading this book and have loaned it to friends. He grew up learning to trust God without question--a great challenge for everyone.
Pastor JimAge: 55-65Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5"David Wilkerson", A man who believed God!September 24, 2014Pastor JimAge: 55-65Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As I write this review, I would like to give a little background of my connection to David Wilkerson's materials. I became a follower of Jesus (i.e. Saved, Born-again) in June 1975. Sadly, the group of people around me did not guide me in the truths of the Bible, but some time within the first year as a Christian I ended up reading "The Cross and the Switchblade." It was the reading of that book that made a huge and lasting impact on my life. It was also from reading that book that I believe the Lord spoke to my heart, "that is what you are called to do" (minister to people). It was then that I knew I had a call to ministry. So, amazingly that book set the course of my life in serving Jesus. Then, in the early 1980's I came across hisnewsletter from "World Challenge," which I still receive today. I have a box full of these short teachings by David Wilkerson.
I also have many of his books, some out of print, which I treasure knowing they are hard to find today (if not impossible). As the years went by, I found myself going through some real hard times spiritually (late 1980's) and found another book, "Have You Felt Like Giving Up Lately" (still in print) by David Wilkerson. Again, I don't recall how this book ended up in my hands, but it was most helpful during that trying time in my life (I have given and recommended this book to many over the years).
Also, in 1987 I was able to visit his new church, "Times Square Church" in Manhattan, New York. There, again, the Lord touched me in a mighty way through this then new church. So, while I have never personally carried on a conversation with David Wilkerson, there are over 35 years of my life being touched by this ministry and the man of God, David Wilkerson. I believe my review is qualified and not just a review with no background into David Wilkerson and his ministry.
As I excitedly received a pre-release (from Zondervan) of this book, "David Wilkerson" authored by his son Gary Wilkerson, I couldn't wait to jump into these pages. I always feel it is good to know the man behind the scene (so to speak), and over my 35 years of being touched by David Wilkerson, I really didn't know the man behind this great ministry. As I picked up this book and stated reading through its pages, I was so excited to learn more about the man David Wilkerson. It covers his entire life from his birth to his going home to Jesus. The childhood section was a little dry to me and it didn't interest me much, but it did give me a good background on his family and his childhood. The story covers much of his younger years and middle-aged years in ministry, and also covers his latter years, but not in as much detail, and then briefly mentions his death (by car accident). I learned much about this private "man of God" (a term I don't use loosely) and his triumphs and his failures. It was good to see what was going on behind the scenes. I think we often can idolize people (even ministers), and in reality they are people just like you and me. Gary and other family members, as well as friends and fellow ministers who knew him personally, share in this book and it's not all flattering. They show he was human just like you and me. He had his own set of fears, failures, and fame. Usually all we know about is a man's fame. This book will show all sides with due respect to this man of God. I feel through this book I have a clearer understanding of David Wilkerson and saw how one can be used of God, and what it takes to be a "man of God." One will see many things in this book, but one that sticks out to me was that he was a man of "prayer." His son Gary did a great job gathering information from family (especially Don, David's brother) and from many others who have been involved in his life and ministry over the years.
I give this book a well deserved 5 stars.
JennCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5David Wilkerson's StorySeptember 16, 2014JennCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleThis book is written by David Wilkerson's son, Gary. God called David and He followed. David felt like God could do amazing things in New York City, and David, being a willing servant followed what God called Him to do, in the most ignored places of the city. I didn't realize that David was the founder of Time Square Church. David followed as God called Him and trusted Him day to day to bring people that God could minister to through David. It also surprised me to see that he founded Teen Challenge. David was willing to step out in faith and do the unthinkable in some Christians' lives. It seems that many people are willing to take the risks that God asks us to take as Christians. Following Jesus is a risk and He asks us to do things that are not in our comfort zone, that is what this book is all about. If you want to be challenged and learn about how God can use an ordinary man, called by God, then this book is for you!
NelloAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A modern ActsAugust 23, 2014NelloAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5God always makes a way for a praying man. You may never be able to get a college degree, you may never get rich, but God always has and always will make a way for a praying man David Wilkerson, Kindle Location 903.
If there is one secret to the success and impact of David Wilkersons life, prayer is probably it, at least according to his son Gary. In David Wilkersonthe Cross, the Switchblade and the Man Who Believed, Gary Wilkerson lays it all out for us: his dads early years as the oldest son in the home of a strict Pentecostal preacher, his first pastorate where he supplemented his salary by selling cars, his change of focus from what people thought to what God thought, his move to New York to work amongst gang members and addicts, the writing of The Cross and the Switchblade, his move to California in the 60s, then to Texas, and eventually back to New York. The story takes us to Wilkerson Sr.s death in 2011.
In a way the book is like a modern book of Acts, replete with stories of how Wilkerson Sr. used his gifts of prophecy and healing, introduced thousands to Jesus in crusades, then taught, scolded and encouraged them through his newsletter. And like the stories in Acts, there are also tales of ministry bumps, broken relationships, physical illnesses, the need to adjust to the challenges of a changing society and a changing church culture.
I appreciated the writers frank but always respectful tone. He loved and idolized his dad, but still makes us privy to his shortcomings. The text and the acknowledgements tell us that he went to great lengths to get all sides of the story. There are numerous quotes from ministry colleagues, students, family members, friends, and neighbors, giving us a well-rounded look at the man.
David Wilkersons story is exciting and inspiring, but I also found it challenging because of the high standard that he held for himself and those that worked with and for him.
If you want to be convicted and encouraged to pray more, care more about what God thinks of you than what people do, love your fellow-man more, read this book. One thing is sure: you wont read it with an open heart and come away unchanged.