Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God

Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640600874
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 04/04/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 825,751
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Lonnie J. Allison came to Wheaton Bible Church in 2013 from his previous role as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Lon has taught master’s and doctoral evangelism courses at Gordon Conwell Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Northern Seminary, and is a visiting professor at Wheaton College Graduate School. He maintains an active speaking schedule at churches and conferences around the world, and is the author of Going Public with the Gospel, That the World May Believe, and Possible: Discover the Joy of a Prayer, Care, Share Life. He and his wife, Marie, have three grown children and live in West Chicago, IL.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Leighton Ford Jean Graham Ford 7

Introduction 9

1 First Impressions 13

2 How It All Began 20

3 The Tipping Point 28

4 Preparing For His Future 37

5 Intimate God Connection 59

6 All Heaven Breaks Loose 73

7 Racial Justice, Peace Not War, Human Suffering 98

8 Weaknesses And Regrets 116

9 A Soul Mate for Life 132

10 The Message of The Man 142

Bibliography and Acknowledgments 149

Notes 151

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“I woke at 5:00 am this morning and read the entire book! I love good biographies and this book is no exception. Lon Allison explores the extraordinary life of Billy Graham: his roots, conversion, ministry, family life and even his regrets. You will be drawn to the person of Jesus who fills every chapter. I highly commend this book to you.”
Becky Manley Pippert, author of Out of the Saltshaker and into the World
“This is a book that is about an extraordinary God who spoke through and is displayed himself through Billy Graham. In chapter after chapter, you will read about how you also can experience a close relationship with God.”
Steve Douglass, President, Campus Crusade for Christ/Cru

“This is a book you must read because this is a man you should know. Through him, millions have come to know the God who loves them and gives hope. And this God, the God who made the universe and you and me, loves you. He loves you deeply and dearly. There are so many of us who loved Billy Graham, myself included, and Lon is someone who knew and loved Billy and had the privilege of serving by his side. His is a unique perspective into a unique man whose message will impact your unique life.”  
Dr. Michael Oh, Global Executive Director and CEO, Lausanne Movement
“As a lover and collector of biographies, I am thrilled with Lon Allison’s new book on Billy Graham. There are already a dozen biographies of Graham on my shelf, but Lon’s contribution is a unique profile of this great evangelist and America’s pastor. And that’s because Lon himself is a passionate evangelist and pastor. He gets Billy Graham. Lon loves to share the gospel, which is woven into this biography with gripping clarity. This is a book to read for yourself and to purchase for your friends!” 
Jim L. Nicodem, Senior Pastor, Christ Community Church, St. Charles (IL), author of Prayer Coach
“With an insider’s perspective, Lon has captured Billy Graham’s relentless commitment to evangelism, heartbeat of grace-filled relationships, and God-trusting enormous vision. Lon shows through his own life how Dr. Graham’s timeless core is an inspiring model to study and emulate.”
Dr. Roger Parrott, President, Belhaven University
“I love this book! Lon, who personally knew Billy Graham in both formal and informal settings, is just the right man to introduce us to the human side of the famous evangelist. Yes, there were the large crusades, fiery preaching, and press conferences. But there is also that other side of Billy, relaxing in a chair, visiting, asking questions, and encouraging all whom he met. Once again you will be impressed by Billy’s humility, his deferential attitude toward others, and his down-to-earth view of the world. No matter how much you have read about Billy Graham you will discover this is a delightful page-turner. Read it and pass it along.”
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church, author of Rescuing the Gospel
“Billy Graham’s recent graduation to the presence of the Lord provides the perfect chance to reflect on the life lessons, faith, vision, and passion for the Gospel that characterized his life and can characterize the lives of all followers of Jesus. Mr. Graham modeled a refreshing humility and confidence in the power of the Good News to radically change lives. He devoted his life to a simple yet powerful message, and Lon Allison shares the belief that nothing in life is more important than communicating this message far and wide. Read this book and be inspired to follow in the footsteps of one of the great ones.”
Kevin Palau, President, Luis Palau Association
“A great introduction to one of the defining figures of our times. My friend and fellow evangelist, Lon Allison, has given us an honest and insightful portrayal of Billy Graham that authentically conveys both the man and the power of his message.”
J. John, Reverend Canon and Evangelist, England
“Lon Allison’s winsome biography about Billy Graham is much more than a biography. Not only do we get a look at Billy’s ordinary life which became an extraordinary life, we get portraits of Jesus Christ in almost every chapter. Mr. Graham never wanted the attention to be on him. He wanted Jesus and his Gospel to shine. In this book, you will see Jesus shine forth, and it will be an encouragement to Christians and a helpful explanation for non-Christians.”
Ed Stetzer, PhD, Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism, Wheaton College
“Who better to let us get a glimpse of the real Billy Graham than his friend and colleague, Lon Allison? Lon’s compelling reflections of Dr. Graham’s life, ministry, and character give us an up close and personal acquaintance with one of history’s most significant proclaimers of the Gospel. Lon artistically weaves stories of his friendship with Billy in the context of Dr. Graham’s relentless passion to bring people to Christ. You will find this read to be highly inspirational. I’m honored to recommend it.”
Joe Stowell, President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids (MI)
“My two favorite evangelists of this generation are Billy Graham and Lon Allison. I believe it’s no accident they had a long partnership in ministry and relationship. Not only will you get great insights from this book about Billy Graham, you’ll get great insights as well about how to represent the Christian faith in our generation with class and power.”
Ray Johnston, Founding and Senior Pastor, Bayside Churches, California
“There are many exhaustive books on Dr. Billy Graham. What makes this one special is its unique accessibility. Lon covers the contours of Dr. Graham’s life, while finding the applicability for our own. Yes, you will learn the life story of Dr. Graham, but you will also learn his life motivation—giving himself unreservedly, so that people like us, from all walks of life, from all over the world, would know we are loved by God. Through this book, as you take an interest in Dr. Graham, you cannot help but take encouragement knowing God knows you and loves you.”
Gary Walter, President, The Evangelical Covenant Church

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