Just as I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham

Just as I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham

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by Billy Graham

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In Just As I Am, Billy Graham looks back at it all - remembering his dairy farm upbringing, his early preaching experiences, and the overwhelming international response to his public ministry based on his unshakable belief in Christ. Billy Graham Crusades have reached more than 200 million people in person, and millions more have heard him on radio, television,…  See more details below


In Just As I Am, Billy Graham looks back at it all - remembering his dairy farm upbringing, his early preaching experiences, and the overwhelming international response to his public ministry based on his unshakable belief in Christ. Billy Graham Crusades have reached more than 200 million people in person, and millions more have heard him on radio, television, and film. He has been welcomed behind the Iron Curtain, into China and North Korea, and on every continent. And, at a time when many public figures seem scandal-prone, Dr. Graham maintains an unimpeachable reputation and powerful presence by managing his organization scrupulously, limiting his personal earnings, and urging cooperation rather than competition among all religious people. Discussing his relationship with heads of state as diverse as Queen Elizabeth II, the Shah of Iran, and Kim Il Sung, Dr. Graham also shares such memorable encounters as his plane trip with civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when an engine caught fire, and his tragic unsuccessful attempt to warn President John F. Kennedy, Jr., about the danger of his trip to Dallas. Dr. Graham details his friendships with nine U.S. presidents, beginning with Eisenhower and including Johnson and Nixon and continuing to this day with Bill Clinton.

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Andrew Sullivan
''Just as I Am,'' is a curious combination of laborious official testament -- like some Soviet politician's memoirs -- and occasionally gripping personal story. It's clearly a collaborative effort, but it maintains, miraculously, the same solid, distant baritone that still mesmerizes football stadiums. For those seeking theological nuance, to be sure, this is not the place to look....You will learn a lot about monarchs and despots and Presidents in this book, but oddly little about the lesser souls who interacted with Graham all his life....Although the high political anecdotes keep one amused throughout this tome, and the story of Graham's life itself is so remarkable, this underlying regret propels the book with a sadness that is strangely haunting. -- New York Times
Chicago Tribune
...[What is] most striking about the autobiography is not the oft-told tales of public events, but the glimpses into the private life of the man who has consistently over the last four decades made the list of America's ten most admired men.
New York Times
The story of Graham's life itself is so remarkable.
Christianity Today
Events in a single year in the life of Billy would make ample biographical material for a lesser mortal's entire life...This is no doubt the most authentic history of its subject we shall ever get.
Library Journal
Graham was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 7, 1918, and founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950. In this account, Graham looks back at his life with the down-to-earth warmth and candor that have always characterized his ministry. He remembers his early dairy farm days in Charlotte, his early preaching experiences, and his friendships with numerous presidents and international leaders. With a career spanning 50 years, Graham has been an influential advocate for desegregation and other social issues. His integrity and humility have made him one of the world's most respected leaders. The audio is read by Cliff Barrows, a longtime friend of Graham's. This will be a treasured addition to any library collection. Public libraries should order several copies, as this will certainly be in demand. Highly recommended.Ravonne A. Green, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga.

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During his shockingly short term, President Kennedy endeared himself to me in several ways. One day in Washington in 1962 the President invited Grady Wilson and me into his office. We informed him of our upcoming five-week crusade in Latin America. 'I'm going down there before that,' Kennedy said. 'I'll be your John the Baptist.' 'Don't forget,' Grady said, 'that he lost his head.' That did not dissuade the President, who laughed and repeated his offer. 'What can I do for you?' We told him we were having problems getting into Colombia, where some leaders warned of religious riots if we held large meetings. Our missionary friends there were praying that God would reopen the door. The President turned to an adviser and told him simply, 'Take care of that.' We got into Colombia, and attendance at our meetings was as high as twenty thousand, without incident. The Catholic President of the United States had made a good John the Baptist.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This shows the REAL Billy Graham! He is true to his word. A lot of interesting and sometimes funny episodes. He is a really down home man. He gives some interesting insights into the many U.S.presidents that he has befriended-from Eisenhower to George Bush. An intesting view of world leaders and history from his point of view through the years. You will be amazed at his view of world evangelization.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been a comfort to our son while in prison. Rarely touching 'religious stuff' for the past 10-years, I asked him if I could send him some books to read. Just As I Am was one of the books. It is the first one he read and says he really has enjoyed it and thanked me for sending it to him.
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About his begginings, experiences, family life and Gods directing his life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. So many things I never new about this awesome man of God and his historic life long ministry! So interesting all the people he has known and influenced....all the places and people, encouraging to inspirational. Got my feet moving!
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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
When you mention the name Billy Graham you automatically thing one of the most influential preachers in America. Age has slowed him down, but his spirit shines bright. This book project took him 10 years and was a guilty venture, he felt he could better use his time than to write about himself. I did not know what to expect when I picked it up and I thought it was going to be a preachy advise filled tale of the pious life. I was pleasantly surprise of his candid story. He gave insight into his rise within the evangelical movement and his calling to serve the Lord. His work toward expanding his ministry. What I really enjoyed was his insightful thoughts about the Presidents he was able to befriend. From Truman, who he admits he made a fool of himself when he kneeled in front of the White House trying to recreate how he prayed with the Truman. In the course of getting to know the leader of the free world, he learned how to be discrete, serve as a sounding board, and share prayers. His relationships was close with Johnson was the most adventurous as this bigger than life political figure took him into his trust. His was bipartisan and befriended Nixon. His influence has weaved throughout the world. Graham delves into his family, his love of his wife Ruth, and how in the end he should have not been in such a hurry. He regrets not spending more time studying and thinking but this book is a gift for those who wish to understand loneliness and human failings of our leaders. Graham is the first to admit he is not perfect but he has lived a life dedicated to service to others and planting the seeds of faith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'just as Iam' is the 10th anniversery of billy grahams memior and I found this book to be espically meaningful cause it has been reissued with some very new material including billy grahams sept 11th sermon which I found to be very peaceful to read and also included are his devotions and many thoughts and inspirational comments on his loving wife ruth bell graham and other loving thoughts of his family . this would make a great gift idea for a friend or family member or soldier serving over seas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JUST AS I AM was a book that really colored my opinions of how God influences people. I find it amazing to read of how Billy Graham was called by God to be a traveling evangelist. A REAL MUST-READ!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book,the first one I ever read by Billy Graham is an outstanding work with everything it taks to make good reading.It has all the human qualities that a person posesses.Mr Graham lets us all know through his writing that he is like all of us--just a human being--who like all of us could be blessed by God--if we only ask him.
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