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The Inspirational Story of the Twentieth Century s Greatest Evangelist Billy Graham has preached the gospel message in person to more people than anyone in history, and millions more have heard him through television, radio, and film. His faithful witness is testimony to his great love of God and passion to serve Him. This easy-to-read biography tells Billy Graham s story, The Inspirational Story of the Twentieth Century s Greatest Evangelist Billy Graham has preached the gospel message in person to more people than anyone in history, and millions more have heard him through television, radio, and film. His faithful witness is testimony to his great love of God and passion to serve Him. This easy-to-read biography tells Billy Graham s story, including his humble beginnings as a southern farm boy, his calling to the ministry, the start of the crusades, his service to America s leaders, and his later years preaching around the globe. As you read these details of a life dedicated to the cause of Christ, you will be encouraged. Also these stories will inspire anyone who desires to give their life in service to God. Here s a fresh look at a contemporary man of God and giant of the faith."


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The Inspirational Story of the Twentieth Century s Greatest Evangelist Billy Graham has preached the gospel message in person to more people than anyone in history, and millions more have heard him through television, radio, and film. His faithful witness is testimony to his great love of God and passion to serve Him. This easy-to-read biography tells Billy Graham s story, The Inspirational Story of the Twentieth Century s Greatest Evangelist Billy Graham has preached the gospel message in person to more people than anyone in history, and millions more have heard him through television, radio, and film. His faithful witness is testimony to his great love of God and passion to serve Him. This easy-to-read biography tells Billy Graham s story, including his humble beginnings as a southern farm boy, his calling to the ministry, the start of the crusades, his service to America s leaders, and his later years preaching around the globe. As you read these details of a life dedicated to the cause of Christ, you will be encouraged. Also these stories will inspire anyone who desires to give their life in service to God. Here s a fresh look at a contemporary man of God and giant of the faith."

30 review for Billy Graham: A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sally Stap

    This book was fascinating and well-paced. I enjoyed little details that W. Terry Whalin captured about Billy Graham’s childhood and journey. Laying out Billy Graham’s personal story in parallel with the broad impact of his ministry on the world was a great blend. Terry does a nice job of showing what a powerful impact God can make through one individual. One little boy grew into one great man who has always deflected any praise to God who made it happen. The book was a great reminder of Billy Gr This book was fascinating and well-paced. I enjoyed little details that W. Terry Whalin captured about Billy Graham’s childhood and journey. Laying out Billy Graham’s personal story in parallel with the broad impact of his ministry on the world was a great blend. Terry does a nice job of showing what a powerful impact God can make through one individual. One little boy grew into one great man who has always deflected any praise to God who made it happen. The book was a great reminder of Billy Graham crusades – both their size and impact. I particularly enjoyed the stories of Billy’s impact on many US presidents and world leaders. I recommend this book to anyone as a great reminder of the importance of evangelism.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Jones-brown

    If you are a fan of biographies and an admirer of Billy Graham, his contributions to the Kingdom and his zealous work for God, read this book. It “capture[s] the key turning points in Billy Graham’s life.” Becoming aware of how God ordered Billy Graham’s steps was perhaps the most valuable insight I gained from the book. Becoming better acquainted with Bill Frank, the man, who loved God, milked cows, revered hard work, and honored and obeyed his parents made the reading enjoyable and every bit w If you are a fan of biographies and an admirer of Billy Graham, his contributions to the Kingdom and his zealous work for God, read this book. It “capture[s] the key turning points in Billy Graham’s life.” Becoming aware of how God ordered Billy Graham’s steps was perhaps the most valuable insight I gained from the book. Becoming better acquainted with Bill Frank, the man, who loved God, milked cows, revered hard work, and honored and obeyed his parents made the reading enjoyable and every bit worth the time, effort and energy. Terry Whalin’s clear and concise writing style will lead you to a greater familiarity with the major components of Billy Graham’s evangelist beginnings and the formation of his ministry. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free e-book for review. I was not required to post a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I've attempted to present an objective review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <[...]> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Keith MD

    I grew up on a farm and found Terry Whalin's account of Graham's early life nostalgic and captivating. The evangelist became human. Whalin provides intimate details throughout his subject's life, from how many cows he had to milk on the farm; how he loved sports, sometimes at the expense of his studies; how he met key individuals and heeded their advise; how God brought Ruth into his life; how he influenced not only the poor and humble, but the rich and famous. I highly recommend this biography. I grew up on a farm and found Terry Whalin's account of Graham's early life nostalgic and captivating. The evangelist became human. Whalin provides intimate details throughout his subject's life, from how many cows he had to milk on the farm; how he loved sports, sometimes at the expense of his studies; how he met key individuals and heeded their advise; how God brought Ruth into his life; how he influenced not only the poor and humble, but the rich and famous. I highly recommend this biography.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Jenkins

    Billy Graham, A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist is a revolutionary reminder of God’s unchanging love for a dark world that is in desperate need of His light. It is a profile of how God can take frail mankind and use him for the glory of his kingdom, thus changing the lives of millions. Billy Graham’s devotion to his calling and love for the souls of ALL men is refreshing. W. Terry Whalin has expertly captured his life in the 153 pages of this book. It made my heart weep again for the Billy Graham, A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist is a revolutionary reminder of God’s unchanging love for a dark world that is in desperate need of His light. It is a profile of how God can take frail mankind and use him for the glory of his kingdom, thus changing the lives of millions. Billy Graham’s devotion to his calling and love for the souls of ALL men is refreshing. W. Terry Whalin has expertly captured his life in the 153 pages of this book. It made my heart weep again for the lost and propelled me to evangelism. SHARON C. JENKINS, The Master Communicator

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kenyon

    I have vivid memories from my childhood years of a man on television preaching in a commanding voice to the television audience and the large crowds of people present wherever he spoke. Even then, I wondered at my parent's choice of programming. Weren't the Sunday church sermons enough? Raised in a strict Catholic home, I'd heard more than once that my church was the only way to heaven, and this man was not Catholic. I would pull out a book to read or wander to the corner of the room to play unt I have vivid memories from my childhood years of a man on television preaching in a commanding voice to the television audience and the large crowds of people present wherever he spoke. Even then, I wondered at my parent's choice of programming. Weren't the Sunday church sermons enough? Raised in a strict Catholic home, I'd heard more than once that my church was the only way to heaven, and this man was not Catholic. I would pull out a book to read or wander to the corner of the room to play until the speech was over. And yet, this man's booming baritone promise of salvation at the end of each broadcast drew me nearer to the screen each time. As a teen, I sent for at least one paperback Billy Graham offered free to viewers. So it was with great interest that I picked up this book, eager to read more about the man behind the words that even my devout Catholic parents craved. Whalin's book did not disappoint, delving into the background of Billy Graham and his reasons for becoming an evangelist. Terry Whalin flawlessly weaves some interesting anecdotes into a fascinating story, adding to the ease of reading what could be some dry text otherwise. As a female reader, I would have liked a little more back story of what must have been a real balancing act combining marriage and ministry, but that might be a book in itself. As a mother, I did have a hard time getting past Billy and Ruth's decision to leave an infant daughter for two months early on in the ministry, but that says more about me than it does about the man the book is about.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diane Pitts

    W.Terry Whalin's writing at its best—clear and concise. Terry has the instinct of a reporter in the way he gives us "just the facts," but they are displayed in a careful manner so the reader makes his own inferences. Terry doesn't have to say Billy Graham has integrity. He shows us the struggle in Graham's heart as he assumed leadership of an institution of higher learning amidst a wearying speaking schedule. Listening to a mentor's wish . . . Could he do both justice? Years on the road made an im W.Terry Whalin's writing at its best—clear and concise. Terry has the instinct of a reporter in the way he gives us "just the facts," but they are displayed in a careful manner so the reader makes his own inferences. Terry doesn't have to say Billy Graham has integrity. He shows us the struggle in Graham's heart as he assumed leadership of an institution of higher learning amidst a wearying speaking schedule. Listening to a mentor's wish . . . Could he do both justice? Years on the road made an impact on Graham's family and himself— "...he felt that something during the New York crusade went out of him that he never fully recovered." Graham's crusades had a larger effect than initially apparent. Michael Cassidy from the South Africa started an African evangelistic effort as a result of the New York crusades. He never altered the gospel message but did sharpen it. He centered on ". . .Christ's sacrificial death for our sins on he Cross and His resurrection from the dead for our salvation" Both have power and importance. The passing of the baton is well documented and flourishes through his children and grandchildren. Terry Whalin brings a timely read about the man who continues to shape our world through them and the people in the crusades (like me).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura Steward

    I started to read this book because I knew the author. I finished it because I couldn't put it down. Along the way I learned a lot about Billy Graham, his early years, and the evolution of his ministry. Beyond all that, I was moved by the way the author's words transcended the physical page. I found myself so moved by the stories of faith, spiritual conversations with world leaders and even the intimate details of behind the scenes questioning the Graham family and staff had as they traveled the I started to read this book because I knew the author. I finished it because I couldn't put it down. Along the way I learned a lot about Billy Graham, his early years, and the evolution of his ministry. Beyond all that, I was moved by the way the author's words transcended the physical page. I found myself so moved by the stories of faith, spiritual conversations with world leaders and even the intimate details of behind the scenes questioning the Graham family and staff had as they traveled the world that tears often came to my eyes. Yet throughout the entire read, I felt a great peace descend upon me as if there was a personal message to me hidden inside the pages. Whether the same feelings or personal messages come to you, or if you just read this book to enjoy an inside look at the man that is Billy Graham and the lasting, life changing for many, impact he has had on the world, I don't believe you will be disappointed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Brubaker

    Fascinating, captivating and a delightful read. You know you've got a well written book in your hands when the author is able to educate you, inform you and entertain you all at the same time. Having read about Billy Graham before I was expecting to see some common themes. Instead with every turn of the page I found myself learning new things about the man, his career and his legacy. A great read. Fascinating, captivating and a delightful read. You know you've got a well written book in your hands when the author is able to educate you, inform you and entertain you all at the same time. Having read about Billy Graham before I was expecting to see some common themes. Instead with every turn of the page I found myself learning new things about the man, his career and his legacy. A great read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janet Ann

    Unlike most biographies, Billy Graham, A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist is short and easy to read. You might even call it cozy non-fiction. But the author W. Terry Whalin has included all the important information about Graham’s life from his childhood to the present day. And an unusual life it was! Billy Graham has touched thousands - perhaps millions - of lives and this book helps us feel like we know him personally. It’s definitely worth reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    I can't vouch for its being comprehensive about Billy Graham's life, but it is a very interesting quick read. I'd recommend it for teens and those who want to learn of the importance and scope of Graham's influence. Of particular interest to me was Chapter 13 relating his interactions with all the Presidents from Kennedy through Obama. I received a copy to review through Goodreads First Reads. I can't vouch for its being comprehensive about Billy Graham's life, but it is a very interesting quick read. I'd recommend it for teens and those who want to learn of the importance and scope of Graham's influence. Of particular interest to me was Chapter 13 relating his interactions with all the Presidents from Kennedy through Obama. I received a copy to review through Goodreads First Reads.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I saw Billy Graham at Roker Park in Sunderland some 30plus years ago, so was very much looking forward to reading his biography and I was not dissapointed. The book is an easy read and you feel the author knows Billy well

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danise Distasi

    Love Billy Graham! Great job, Terry Whalin!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Christian

    When I received the complimentary copy of Whalin's book for review, my first thought was: This 152 page book can't possibly adequately reveal the life and biography of Billy Graham—a man whom a vast majority believe is the greatest evangelist America has ever had. Then I read, "Spanning more than ninety years, Billy Graham's story cannot be contained in a single book. The stories of changed lives through his preaching could not be contained in a roomful of books. This short biography attempts to When I received the complimentary copy of Whalin's book for review, my first thought was: This 152 page book can't possibly adequately reveal the life and biography of Billy Graham—a man whom a vast majority believe is the greatest evangelist America has ever had. Then I read, "Spanning more than ninety years, Billy Graham's story cannot be contained in a single book. The stories of changed lives through his preaching could not be contained in a roomful of books. This short biography attempts to capture the key turning points in [Billy Graham's] life." And so it does. No one can read a book without being influenced by his/her own point of view, interests, and focus. As one who also seeks to share the Gospel of Jesus, I was tremendously moved reading of the many miraculous interventions of God in the life and ministry of Graham. I was inspired as I read of Graham's humility in a variety of situations that would (and have) puffed up many other workers of the Gospel. And I was grateful for such an example of a servanthood dependence on God by one of the most influential leaders in contemporary times. How many times have I heard methods and formulas and such taught to ministry leaders so that they can "grow their ministries and reach more people for Christ." Graham's story, as told by Whalin, demonstrates that ministry effectiveness has nothing to do with any thought or deed of man, but solely a deeply held surrender to and belief in God, His character, His will and His intentions for humanity. Thank you God for Billy Graham. And thank you God for Whalin's journalistic-like overview of Your willingness to work in the life of a selfless and faithful servant. Understanding this truth gives us hope that more will follow in Graham's footsteps, for Your glory. Pamela Christian Multiple award-winning Christian author, radio and television host.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Jacoby

    When I was a teenager, I remember how my heart was moved by Billy Graham’s Peace with God. The simple way in which Graham is able to express profound truths has enabled him to connect with audiences of all backgrounds, cultures, and academic levels. After reading Terry Whalin’s crisp and inspiring Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist, it dawned on me that Graham’s latest biographer appropriately reflects the style and disposition of his subject. Author (Whalin) and subject When I was a teenager, I remember how my heart was moved by Billy Graham’s Peace with God. The simple way in which Graham is able to express profound truths has enabled him to connect with audiences of all backgrounds, cultures, and academic levels. After reading Terry Whalin’s crisp and inspiring Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist, it dawned on me that Graham’s latest biographer appropriately reflects the style and disposition of his subject. Author (Whalin) and subject (Graham) both have the ability to put people at ease, earning trust among believers and nonbelievers alike. Whalin’s ability to tell the story is as commendable as it is engaging—a great read. Billy Graham is well researched and full of stories—many downright thrilling. As a preacher, I especially appreciated learning of Graham’s visit to Nagaland (northeast India), where the evangelist spoke to over 100,000 (yet by no means the largest crowd he has addressed). Many had walked for weeks—from Nepal, India, and China—just to hear the message. (Would that our land were equally receptive.) Whalin's generous quantity of anecdotes reminds us that, despite currents of antagonism and callous indifference across the globe, this doesn’t have to define the human race. Millions still hunger for the Word. Few will ever share their faith with monarchs, moguls, or presidents, let alone fill stadiums, but all of us who are Christ followers are called to represent Christ, taking advantage of the influence the Lord has given us, whether great or small. Dr. Douglas Jacoby, author, professor, and international Bible Teacher

  15. 5 out of 5

    David McClendon, Sr

    We were given a review copy of Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist by the author for the purpose of writing an unbiased review. The book Billy Graham is very well endorsed by many prominent people. That being said, the true measure of a book is not who liked it so much as how it makes you feel when you read it. This book is not a very long book. In fact, it only has 152 pages, but oh how the author uses those pages! W. Terry Whalin has written about Billy Graham in such a We were given a review copy of Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist by the author for the purpose of writing an unbiased review. The book Billy Graham is very well endorsed by many prominent people. That being said, the true measure of a book is not who liked it so much as how it makes you feel when you read it. This book is not a very long book. In fact, it only has 152 pages, but oh how the author uses those pages! W. Terry Whalin has written about Billy Graham in such a way that it is almost like we are right there seeing and listening to Billy Graham himself. This is one of those books that keeps tears in your eyes. Not from sadness, but from being overwhelmed by all the miracles that made the Billy Graham Crusades so powerful. This biography of Billy Graham is inspirational and emotion driving. Billy Graham has spent his whole life trying to focus the attention on God and not himself, while all along the powers that be have worked to “Puff Graham”. If you don’t understand the term “Puff Graham”, you simply must read this book. When you do, you are sure to have tears in your eyes. We give the book Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist all five stars, two snaps up in a circle, and a bag of chips. It is that good!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diane Pitts

    W.Terry Whalin's writing at its best—clear and concise. Terry has the instinct of a reporter in the way he gives us "just the facts," but they are displayed in a careful manner so the reader makes his own inferences. Terry doesn't have to say Billy Graham has integrity. He shows us the struggle in Graham's heart as he assumed leadership of an institution of higher learning amidst a wearying speaking schedule. Listening to a mentor's wish . . . Could he do both justice? Years on the road made an i W.Terry Whalin's writing at its best—clear and concise. Terry has the instinct of a reporter in the way he gives us "just the facts," but they are displayed in a careful manner so the reader makes his own inferences. Terry doesn't have to say Billy Graham has integrity. He shows us the struggle in Graham's heart as he assumed leadership of an institution of higher learning amidst a wearying speaking schedule. Listening to a mentor's wish . . . Could he do both justice? Years on the road made an impact on Graham's family and himself— "...he felt that something during the New York crusade went out of him that he never fully recovered." Graham's crusades had a larger effect than initially apparent. Michael Cassidy from the South Africa started an African evangelistic effort as a result of the New York crusades. He never altered the gospel message but did sharpen it. He centered on ". . .Christ's sacrificial death for our sins on he Cross and His resurrection from the dead for our salvation" Both have power and importance. The passing of the baton is well documented and flourishes through his children and grandchildren. Terry Whalin brings a timely read about the man who continues to shape our world through them and the people in the crusades (like me).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    Terry Whalin's biography is full of wonderful anecdotes and stories about America's greatest evangelist. After the first two chapters' background information, I found myself glued to the pages as the story of Billy Graham's faith and legacy developed. In spite of my personal connections to Billy and his ministry, many of the stories were new to me and gave me a fresh admiration for him and his commitment to leadership and ministry. Whalin provides a comprehensive history of Billy's maturation, h Terry Whalin's biography is full of wonderful anecdotes and stories about America's greatest evangelist. After the first two chapters' background information, I found myself glued to the pages as the story of Billy Graham's faith and legacy developed. In spite of my personal connections to Billy and his ministry, many of the stories were new to me and gave me a fresh admiration for him and his commitment to leadership and ministry. Whalin provides a comprehensive history of Billy's maturation, his personality, his marriage and family, and his unique commitment to the Gospel. This book is not long (152 pages) and I think that makes it more attractive to a wider audience. The particular focus on Graham's adolescent and young adult years will resonate with young readers as well. I recommend this book for readers all ages who want to learn more about this dynamic leader and his ministry who was "the friend of presidents" and who had the blessing of God on his life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly Stout

    I enjoyed this book. Learned a lot about Billy Graham who I have admired for many years. If you have enjoyed listening to his sermons through the years and want to get to know him personally this is a great read. I highly recommend it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    L.K. Simonds

    I have a feeling that the contents of this biography represent the tip of the iceberg of Terry Whalin's research. This is a fast-paced read, but the book's pace isn't nearly as fast as that of Billy Graham's life. His ministry must've felt like a rodeo ride that went for 80 years rather than 8 seconds, with the entire world as the arena. Beginning as early as the 1940s, Billy Graham and his team proclaimed the good news of Jesus Christ in crusade meetings for days that stretched into weeks that I have a feeling that the contents of this biography represent the tip of the iceberg of Terry Whalin's research. This is a fast-paced read, but the book's pace isn't nearly as fast as that of Billy Graham's life. His ministry must've felt like a rodeo ride that went for 80 years rather than 8 seconds, with the entire world as the arena. Beginning as early as the 1940s, Billy Graham and his team proclaimed the good news of Jesus Christ in crusade meetings for days that stretched into weeks that stretched into months. Thousands, then tens of thousands, then hundreds of thousands, of people attended, and many of them accepted the invitation to believe. The workload that under-girded the effort was staggering: The preaching itself, the counseling after the meetings, the follow-up to welcome new believers into local churches. That doesn't take into account the prayers, the spiritual struggles, and the sacrifice of being away from families. It took a lot of work by a lot of people to pull it off, just to spread the good news that Jesus saves. Early on, in 1948, Billy Graham reacted to Sinclair Lewis's 1926 novel, Elmer Gantry, about an evangelist whose indiscretions are all too familiar to all of us. Graham and his team recognized the problems created by the lifestyle that goes along with evangelistic meetings. In response, they created a list of commitments that guided their practices in the years to come. I love that they did that, and I love that they did it in response to a novel. The Modesto Manifesto, as the list was known, and their commitment to it protected their ministry from the sin that has derailed too many powerful ministries. I have to admit that I teared up at some of the accounts Mr. Whalin included. One story was about a woman who accepted Jesus at a New York crusade. She told the counselor she was worried that her son, a violent drinker, would beat her when he found out she'd become a Christian. Before the counselor could say a word, they heard someone across the room say, "Don't worry, Mom. I'm here too." Wow. Jesus is the star of this bio, not Billy Graham. When I finished reading the book I felt renewed inspiration to pray for revival in our times. What the world needs now is love, sweet love, and there is no love sweeter than the Lord's.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sherry West

    Billy Graham, The Golden Age of Evangelism in the Twentieth Century & The American Presidents At 150 pages and a handy 6x9 size, this book is easy to tote along and a lovely, effortless read. Everyone is busy, but it is worth making the short space of time to read this little gem on the life of a great man of Christ. Each chapter is short enough to be easily absorbed in a small space of time, yet just long enough and full of interesting anecdotes and vignettes to leave the reader feeling as if th Billy Graham, The Golden Age of Evangelism in the Twentieth Century & The American Presidents At 150 pages and a handy 6x9 size, this book is easy to tote along and a lovely, effortless read. Everyone is busy, but it is worth making the short space of time to read this little gem on the life of a great man of Christ. Each chapter is short enough to be easily absorbed in a small space of time, yet just long enough and full of interesting anecdotes and vignettes to leave the reader feeling as if they’ve had a good “meal” of reading. Terry Whalin presents a clearly written, interesting, and informative overview of the life and ministry of Billy Graham. The author presents the person and work Billy Graham through effortlessly flowing prose, a comprehensive-yet-not-overwhelming overview, and at the same time, in-depth picture of how Billy Graham came to be, both as a man of God and as His evangelist- through vignettes which will interest the reader but not bog him/her down. One gets a genuine feel for the golden era of evangelism in the first half of the twentieth century, and more specifically, for the people and practical inner workings of Billy Graham’s crusades and evangelistic association. “He has...had an on-going impact behind the scenes on every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.” - W. Terry Whalin I found Chapter 13 about Mr. Graham’s influence on, and relationship to, the United States Presidents to be of particular interest. Specific anecdotes about Billy Graham’s personal conversations and meetings with these important figures in the history of the United States are quite illuminating for anyone who has been interested in his connection to them - Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. They show the true heart and mind of a humble man of God who was sincerely and deeply concerned for the spiritual well-being of the most influential men of our times. THIS was the real Billy Graham.  ◦

  21. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Harris

    I loved the audio version of the book. The Narrator's voice was pleasant and easy to hear. The various voice patterns for each person added excitement for the listener. Nevertheless, the narrator wouldn't have the material to read without the wonderful, well-thought-out words of Terry Whalin. Terry uses descriptive words; giving the reader an in-depth view of Dr. Graham's life. The flow of the book from childhood to an aged and delightful man was enlightening. Terry gave insight into an obedient I loved the audio version of the book. The Narrator's voice was pleasant and easy to hear. The various voice patterns for each person added excitement for the listener. Nevertheless, the narrator wouldn't have the material to read without the wonderful, well-thought-out words of Terry Whalin. Terry uses descriptive words; giving the reader an in-depth view of Dr. Graham's life. The flow of the book from childhood to an aged and delightful man was enlightening. Terry gave insight into an obedient man of God. Terry gave us many lessons from Dr. Graham's life. Lessons I believe Dr. Graham would like each reader to learn, to hear, and to do. Terry's coverage of the people who supported Dr. Graham is a great lesson. Understanding, Dr. Graham needed like-minded people around him reinforces a biblical lesson for us. Learning Dr. Graham would follow the suggestions of others reflects a strong yet humble man. Hear he was a man of prayer no matter the decision or suggestion he invited God into the process. God's increase in souls saved through the many Evangelist Ministry is overwhelming. Terry, you gave us a picture of a man who never gave up! A man who stayed the course. I commend you on an excellent Biography of a great man of God! May God always grant you the courage and give you the energy meet His calling on your life.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Renee Kinlaw

    This book entered my life at the most appropriate time, as I am one who struggles from time to time wondering if God could really use someone like me. Through his thorough telling of Billy Graham’s life, Author Whalin has helped me remember the old adage, “It is not our ability that God wants, but our availability.” W. Terry Whalin, beautifully demonstrates Billy Graham’s love for Christ and the fact it was that love which motivated Billy Graham to share the Gospel with whomever, where ever. Wha This book entered my life at the most appropriate time, as I am one who struggles from time to time wondering if God could really use someone like me. Through his thorough telling of Billy Graham’s life, Author Whalin has helped me remember the old adage, “It is not our ability that God wants, but our availability.” W. Terry Whalin, beautifully demonstrates Billy Graham’s love for Christ and the fact it was that love which motivated Billy Graham to share the Gospel with whomever, where ever. Whalin does a fantastic job sharing Billy Graham’s life, yet always making sure that Christ is the focus of the story. I found the book very informative and learned so much about Billy Graham and his ministry than I previously knew. All of my life I have pictured Billy Graham as someone so far beyond myself in God’s kingdom, and while Graham truly is a hero of the faith and a mighty warrior for Christ, Whalin makes him real and approachable. Whalin paints pictures with his words allowing the reader to not only read his words but to visually see each scene. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Billy Graham or anyone who is wanting to know more about him. I also recommend it to anyone who is accepting the call into the ministry.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Stanley

    “Billy Graham, a Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist” is a comprehensive chronology, of Billy Graham’s ministry over the years of his lifetime. The biography flows from his boyhood and conversion experience throughout his journey and calling to be an evangelist. Early on, Mr. Graham was convinced that his message to the world was the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and he stayed faithful to this ministry throughout his days. The author includes many interesting antidotes that express the modesty “Billy Graham, a Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist” is a comprehensive chronology, of Billy Graham’s ministry over the years of his lifetime. The biography flows from his boyhood and conversion experience throughout his journey and calling to be an evangelist. Early on, Mr. Graham was convinced that his message to the world was the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and he stayed faithful to this ministry throughout his days. The author includes many interesting antidotes that express the modesty of Billy Graham, as well as introducing his team of faithful, prayerful Crusade organizers. It is significant to note how Mr. Graham welcomed the masses, young and old, in the thousands who came to hear him preach; nevertheless, he always took time to meet with important corporate and government celebrities. Mr. Graham proved to be available to all seekers of the Lord. Thank you, Terry Whalin for providing me a review copy of “Billy Graham, a Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist”. I was not required to write a positive review, I receive no compensation, and it was my choice to write this review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lillie

    As a long-time admirer of Billy Graham, I found this short biography fascinating. The author tells Graham's life in anecdotes and stories more than in details and data. I felt that I really got to know the great evangelist as a man who loved the Lord and did his best to carry out his calling. The story flowed smoothly and gave an excellent overview of a life lived for God. The focus was on Graham's career as an evangelist. His wife Ruth was only a minor player in the narrative, and his children w As a long-time admirer of Billy Graham, I found this short biography fascinating. The author tells Graham's life in anecdotes and stories more than in details and data. I felt that I really got to know the great evangelist as a man who loved the Lord and did his best to carry out his calling. The story flowed smoothly and gave an excellent overview of a life lived for God. The focus was on Graham's career as an evangelist. His wife Ruth was only a minor player in the narrative, and his children were barely mentioned. However, I understand that adding more about his family would have taken the focus away from evangelism and also made the book much longer, likely making it less appealing to many readers. I received a copy of the book from the author, but I voluntarily wrote the review, which expresses my honest opinion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This sweeping biography swiftly covers the ninety-plus years of the life of evangelist Billy Graham. From his simple farm beginnings to preaching around the world and becoming a friend to world leaders, this one man has profoundly affected millions of people’s lives. I am included in this multitude since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior after listening to a Billy Graham crusade more than forty years ago. The book focuses mainly on the highlights of his life and ministry, with plenty of person This sweeping biography swiftly covers the ninety-plus years of the life of evangelist Billy Graham. From his simple farm beginnings to preaching around the world and becoming a friend to world leaders, this one man has profoundly affected millions of people’s lives. I am included in this multitude since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior after listening to a Billy Graham crusade more than forty years ago. The book focuses mainly on the highlights of his life and ministry, with plenty of personal anecdotes and details to hold readers’ interest. I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes and marveled at the account of how God has worked. I encourage all to read God’s story of how one man yielded to Him can be used in mighty ways to further the Kingdom of God.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan Lester

    Billy Graham, A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist by W. Terry Whalin was a fascinating read from beginning to end. Terry gives us a true picture of Dr. Graham’s ministry, his determination, and how God used this willing servant to reach around the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. This book shines with gems from a life well-lived for Christ. A great quick read for a new Christian, your preteen or teen, or anyone interested in learning from those who have gone before us. I highly Billy Graham, A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist by W. Terry Whalin was a fascinating read from beginning to end. Terry gives us a true picture of Dr. Graham’s ministry, his determination, and how God used this willing servant to reach around the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. This book shines with gems from a life well-lived for Christ. A great quick read for a new Christian, your preteen or teen, or anyone interested in learning from those who have gone before us. I highly recommend it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ellen

    I am lucky to know the author, therefore reading this book about one of my heroes was like having Terry sitting next to me and telling me about the man, Billy Graham. Lucky me, but lucky you too as you will get the same feeling. Terry does not talk from on high, speaking down to the reader. He brings you up close and it is if he is talking to only you about this great PERSONA, who Terry reminds us that Billy Graham is first of all ... just a human being ... the same as YOU AND ME.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Larry Brummond

    This book captures what a tremendous impact Billy Graham had on millions of people all over the world. I had no idea he traveled to that many countries and preached to that many people. I especially liked the childhood stories and how Billy chose his evangelical life. It's an easy and quick read while covering 80+ years of a spiritual and religious icon. I recommend it to anyone who has any interest in learning about a man who made a difference in countless lives all over the globe. This book captures what a tremendous impact Billy Graham had on millions of people all over the world. I had no idea he traveled to that many countries and preached to that many people. I especially liked the childhood stories and how Billy chose his evangelical life. It's an easy and quick read while covering 80+ years of a spiritual and religious icon. I recommend it to anyone who has any interest in learning about a man who made a difference in countless lives all over the globe.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Sneller

    Billy Graham lived and preached with a laser-focus on Christ and His cross. In this biography Terry Whalin explains, in page-turning fashion, how God used that unwavering focus to keep Billy Graham close to Himself, to draw unnumbered others to saving faith in Jesus Christ, and to serve as an example to all what it looks like when one lives in unconditional surrender to God’s will. This book is a worthy addition to your library, and one you will want to share.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pete Kieffer

    A BRIEF OVERVIEW I have been very interested in Billy Graham. He was a larger than life American. This book takes you in a quick journey through Billy's life and accomplishments. These are many and I was left in awe of how God could use one man to accomplish so much. I did find myself craving more detail on the accomplishments described. But if you are looking for a quick summary of who Billy Graham is, this is the book for you. A BRIEF OVERVIEW I have been very interested in Billy Graham. He was a larger than life American. This book takes you in a quick journey through Billy's life and accomplishments. These are many and I was left in awe of how God could use one man to accomplish so much. I did find myself craving more detail on the accomplishments described. But if you are looking for a quick summary of who Billy Graham is, this is the book for you.

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