Just as I Am

Just as I Am

The Autobiography of Billy Graham

Book - 1997
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One of the world's most beloved and respected leaders tells his inspiring life story in a momentous work of faith and insight. Billy Graham is truly the world's pastor -- "the man who has preached to more people than any human being who has ever lived" (Time). In five decades Graham has led his ministry around the globe, speaking in person to more than 200 million people. Yet his message has remained singular and strong, as Graham continually implores his audience to "choose Christ, as I did." Even more notable is that, unlike many of his counterparts, Graham has maintained a noble reputation of integrity with no trace of scandal. At 77, Graham now looks back on an incredible lifetime of personal relationships, whirlwind activity, ministry, leadership and influence. In a warm, unassuming voice, he shares the stories of his beginnings in the Church, and the overwhelming success he has achieved speaking the word of God as an Evangelist. He describes the tolls this success took on his family -- and credits his remarkable wife, Ruth, for their tremendous accomplishments together. Graham speaks of his embarrassing beginnings with fellow Baptist Harry S Truman, and friendships and associations with every U.S. president since Eisenhower, including anecdotes of lunch with Hillary Clinton and the behind-the-scenes drama of Nixon's rise and fall from power. In Just As I Am, Billy Graham shares how he came from ordinary beginnings to have an extraordinary life of prestige and influence -- all derived from his unshakable belief in Christ. Graham says, "As I look back over the years ... my deepest feeling is one of overwhelming gratitude. I cannot take credit for whatever God has chosen to accomplish through us; only God deserves the Glory ..."
Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco ; [Grand Rapids, Mich.] : Zondervan, ©1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060633875
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 269.2 GRAHAM 1997
Characteristics: xxiii, 760 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm


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Apr 15, 2018

As I look through it, it looks like it would be well worth reading, and it's particularly timely since this man-of-God is now with the Lord in heaven.

But the Large Print version is physically too large for our elderly reader to handle, so he won't have the opportunity to tell us about it. A real shame.

Books are so important to this reader. He consumes them and they become a great topic of conversation with those who visit and care for him. He needs the large print format. But a large print volume does not work for him when it is so heavy, bulky and unwieldy.

How about breaking these 1,000+ page large print beasts into two volumes so they can be handled by their target readers? Hope that becomes standard practice for the publishers and/or the libraries.

Librarian_Deb Jan 30, 2017

It takes a while to get through this biography, but then Mr. Graham has done a lot in his eventful life. The book goes through his life chronologically, and it reads as if Mr. Graham was telling stories about what happened during that time of his life. So often he will throw in a little remembrance that is only a couple of paragraphs long. It makes for a real personal feel to the book.[return]I enjoyed this book immensely. Some chapters were of less interest than others of course, my favorites were the ones in which he described his relationships with political leaders. I highly recommend this book, especially for those interested in famous people and/or religious leaders.


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