June 6, 2016

Book Review: Billy Graham in Quotes

Billy Graham in Quotes, by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney is an intriguing book with a compilation various quotes by Billy Graham.

According to the book's back cover, "Billy Graham, the world-renowned author, preacher, and evangelist, has delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and has ministered on every continent of the world in more than 185 countries.  Millions have read his inspirational classics, including Angels, The Secret of Happiness, Peace with God, The Holy Spirit, Hope for the Troubled Hearth, and How to Be Born Again." 

In the book's Foreword, Franklin Graham shares, "My father, Billy Graham, is known for speaking out about the one and only thing that matters in this world: the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He remembers the call of God more than seventy years ago to preach the Word of God to all those who would listen about salvation that comes only through Christ....  The quotes contained in this book are predominantly from my father's writings from 1947 to 2010 (spanning seven decades).  I trust the message will penetrate your heart and encourage you in life."
In Billy Graham in Quotes, there are numerous chapters, which are divided into themes and listed alphabetically.  The chapter themes include the following: Billy Graham on Abortion, Addiction, Age, America, Angels, Anger, Anxiety, the Bible, the Blood, Character, Children, Choice, Christianity, Church, Comfort, Commitment, Compromise, Conforming, Conscience, Conversion, Convictions, Creation, the Cross, Death, Deception, Decision, the Devil/Satan, Disappointment, Discipleship and Discipline, Encouragement, End Times, Eternity, Evangelism, Evil, Faith, Family, Followers, Forgiveness, Glorifying God, God, God's Will, the Gospel, Grace, Greed, Grief, Happiness, the Heart, Heaven, Hell, Holiness, the Holy Spirit, Home, Hope, Human Nature, Imagination, Entertainment, and Fun, Influence, Integrity, Jesus, Joy, Judgment, Knowledge, Life, Living the Christian Life, Loneliness, Love, Lust, Marriage, Money, Morals, Parents, Patience, Peace, People, Persecution, Pleasure, Prayer, Preaching, Pride, Race, Religion, Repentance, the Resurrection, Right and Wrong, Salvation, Service, Sin, Society, the Soul, Speech, Strength, Success,Suffering, Surrender, Temptation, Testimony, Thankfulness, Time, Truth, War, Witnessing, the Word of God, Work, the World, World Evangelism, Worry, Worship, and Young People.

Within each chapter, the theme is posted, as well as a scripture passage and quotes by Billy Graham regarding the particular theme.

In the Introduction, Billy Graham wrote, "I am humbled and enormously grateful for what has been compiled in this book; quotes taken from my literary works through the years.  Most of all, I am pleased that these quotes have their foundation in the Word of God.  Each topic has been selected based upon Bible verses that address these same issues....  My hope is that those who do not know Him as their personal Savior will be moved by the message found in these pages and be drawn by the Holy Spirit to the foot of the cross, where forgiveness is found and salvation through grace is granted."

This book may easily be utilized as a reference guide, as well as a weekly devotional.  Billy Graham in Quotes is geared toward a variety of ages, from teenagers to older generations. 

Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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