As a mother who often struggles with the question "Did I go wrong in raising my now adult son?" I found it wonderful to learn that godly parents like Billy and Ruth Grahamalso had problems with their son, but he came through to be an outstanding Christian man. It gives hope to me.
Incredible read. The first half of the book, about Franklin Graham's childhood and young adulthood, provides an interesting peek inside the Graham family. But the second half of the book--when Graham begins traveling the globe with Samaritan's Purse--is amazing. It was a lot like reading the Left Behind novels, but this was real! Graham's passion jumped out at me and moved me to do two things: be more intentional about God's specific calling on my life, and be more aware and involved internationally. I'd like to see him someday write another volume, picking up where this one leaves off.
This autobiography of Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, is inspiring as well as informative. Graham gives the reader an insight into what it was like being raised in the shadow of the most famous preacher of the twentieth century. He shares honestly and from the heart.While by today's standards Graham was not that rebellious of a child, it is still refreshing to see that even the son of Billy Graham had his struggles. Smoking, drinking, and defying authority were three of his greatest vices. He describes his journey from a rebellious son of a minister to a servant of Jesus Christ in his own right.I admire Franklin Graham for being his own person, rather than trying to become a mere imitation of his father. While struggling for years to find his own, unique place in God's plan, as time passed he did finally discover it. He serves today as the head of "Samaritan's Purse" ministry, a ministry much different than the well-known crusade ministry of his dad.I recommend this book highly to anyone wanting to learn more about Franklin Graham. I especially recommend it to the children of ministers, who may be struggling to find their own identity in the shadow their father. This work is also a good insight into the personal dynamics of the Graham family. Buy it, read it, and discover more about this rebel who finally found his cause!
Franklin Graham shares his real life struggles with his personal life and decision for Jesus with such openness and honesty! It is incredibly encouraging for those "riding the fence" and for parents of prodigal children. I came away knowing that God is in control and will use ANYONE with a willing heart! Highly recommended