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Billy Graham : a tribute from friends
McLellan, Vernon K.
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New York : Warner Books, [2002]

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x, 196 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Regarded as the most influential Protestant leader of the past century, Billy Graham has touched over 210 million lives in more than 185 countries and territories. He has been a counsellor to presidents, an example for pastors, and a shepherd to parishioners. Now, as this pinnacle of the Christian church enters the twilight of his public life at 82 years of age, his legacy is celebrated in a collection of poignant tributes and memories as leaders from the worlds of government, business, sports, entertainment and religion share their personal stories and remembrances of this remarkable man. Contributors to this volume include former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford; and John Ashcroft, James Dobson, Jerry B Jenkins, James Kennedy, Steve Largent, Zig Ziglar and many more whose lives have been impacted by the word and life of Reverend Billy Graham.

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Vernon McLellan lives in Palm Springs, California.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Fifty-six friends and associates offer brief odes to octogenarian evangelist Billy Graham. Many of the contributors are political luminaries: Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee describes how hearing Graham preach in 1972 changed his life, and former President Ford recalls Graham's praying for him. Not all of the contributors know Graham personally; writer Zig Ziglar describes how influential Graham has been in his own work, even though Ziglar has only seen him on television. If any 20th-century Protestant deserves a Festschrift, it is Graham. Unfortunately, because many of the entries are generic witness Senator Robert Byrd's two-paragraph statement that Graham's "faith is strong" the book quickly becomes tedious. Rather than the personal, intimate portrait of Graham that readers might hope for, they instead find reminder upon reminder that Graham hobnobbed with powerful people and shared the gospel with folks from all walks of life. A few entries particularly those by the collection's eight female authors deviate from the boilerplate, offering touching, specific memories of Graham's profound influence. Kay Arthur reflects on how many opportunities Graham's ministry has provided her to teach and write, while Millie Dienert offers a vivid account of how Graham's attitude toward finances shaped her own life, and tells a humorous story abut Billy's wife, Ruth. Elisabeth Elliot Gren recalls a trip to Jamaica with the Grahams and Johnny Cash. Despite such welcome contributions, this volume is a drab tribute to America's evangelist. (May 2) Forecast: Although this compilation pales in comparison to other books on Graham, particularly William Martin's biography, it should sell well. Print advertising is planned in major magazines such as Time and People as well as Christian publications. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Dr. Ben Armstrongp. 3
Wally Armstrongp. 7
Kay Arthurp. 9
Dr. David Breesep. 13
Dr. Bill Brightp. 15
Vonette Zachary Brightp. 19
George H. W. Bushp. 23
Robert Byrdp. 27
Ralph Carmichaelp. 29
Jimmy Carterp. 33
Dr. David Yonggi Chop. 35
Bill Clintonp. 37
Daniel Coatsp. 41
Charles W. Colsonp. 43
Dr. W. A. Criswellp. 47
Paul Crouchp. 49
Millie Dienertp. 53
Dr. James C. Dobsonp. 57
Dr. Ted Engstromp. 59
Dr. Anthony Evansp. 63
Patrick F. Floresp. 67
Gerald R. Fordp. 71
Robert A. Funkp. 75
Doris Greigp. 79
Elisabeth Elliot Grenp. 83
Larnelle Harrisp. 85
Morris Hatalskyp. 87
Mark O. Hatfieldp. 89
Dr. Jack Hayfordp. 93
Jesse Helmsp. 99
Mike Huckabeep. 103
Dr. John A. Huffmanp. 107
Jerry B. Jenkinsp. 111
Dr. D. James Kennedyp. 115
Dr. Billy (Jang Hwan) Kimp. 117
Steve Largentp. 119
Dr. Roy B. McKeownp. 121
Dr. Billy A. Melvinp. 125
Dr. Stephen Olfordp. 129
Dr. Juan Carlos Ortizp. 135
Luis Palaup. 137
Ruth Stafford Pealep. 141
Sir Cliff Richardp. 143
Bobby Richardsonp. 145
Dr. Oral Robertsp. 149
Dr. M. G. "Pat" Robertsonp. 153
James Robisonp. 157
Dale Evans Rogersp. 163
Dick Rossp. 165
Dr. Robert H. Schullerp. 169
Robert H. Stratonp. 173
Joni Eareckson Tadap. 177
Dr. Kenneth Taylorp. 181
Dr. Yip Yan Wongp. 187
Louis Zamperinip. 191
Zig Ziglarp. 195