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The Cross and the Switchblade

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The Original in this Rare Genre

The story of how David Wilkerson came to found Teen Challenge should be a must read for anyone who follows Jesus Christ. The Cross and the Switchblade describes how Wilkerson put feet on his faith that took him from rural Pennsylvania to the streets of New York City. It...
The story of how David Wilkerson came to found Teen Challenge should be a must read for anyone who follows Jesus Christ. The Cross and the Switchblade describes how Wilkerson put feet on his faith that took him from rural Pennsylvania to the streets of New York City. It's the story of how a pastor followed the leading of the Holy Spirit and reached out to minister to people with whom the churches would not associate.
Wilkerson describes in his book how essential it is to meet the unloved where they are, rather than waiting for them to show up in church all dressed up and ready to worship within the ranks of the clean and respectable. He also rightly emphasizes the importance of follow up, how one can't just expect to go out and distribute tracts or preach from street corners without also developing real, loving relationships with people and ministering to their needs, both spiritually and physically.

Now that Teen Challenge International has grown to over 200 centers around the world, it is interesting to note that the struggle in recovery ministry continues to be much the same: It's extremely difficult to get people to reach out in love to those who have never been loved, and it's nearly impossible to get church members to venture outside their doors to love their neighbors as they love themselves. I thank him for sharing the story of his work. The Cross and the Switchblade is a little dated in communicating to young people. The problems remain the same and the good news of the Gospel transends time.

posted by 308008 on November 22, 2008

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

church and gangs

A true story about a preist 'getting messages from god' feels like he has to go to New York and save these five boys from getting put in jail for a murder trial. While the priest is on this journey he learns many things about boys and girls related to gangs and why they...
A true story about a preist 'getting messages from god' feels like he has to go to New York and save these five boys from getting put in jail for a murder trial. While the priest is on this journey he learns many things about boys and girls related to gangs and why they act the way that they do, and he can't blame them for it. The preist says if he can't get these boys out of trouble, he feels like he is letting god down.

posted by Anonymous on March 11, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2005

    church and gangs

    A true story about a preist 'getting messages from god' feels like he has to go to New York and save these five boys from getting put in jail for a murder trial. While the priest is on this journey he learns many things about boys and girls related to gangs and why they act the way that they do, and he can't blame them for it. The preist says if he can't get these boys out of trouble, he feels like he is letting god down.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2004

    Boring?

    This book is an inspiration for all people, but it moves along slowly. The characters are true New Yorkers. All in all, read it, but make sure you have time to.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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