Billy Graham: A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist

Billy Graham: A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist

by W. Terry Whalin

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Billy Graham: A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist by W. Terry Whalin

The Inspirational Story of the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Evangelist
Billy Graham has preached the gospel message in person to more people than anyone in history, and millions more have heard him through television, radio, and film. His faithful witness is testimony to his great love of God and passion to serve Him.
This easy-to-read biography tells Billy Graham’s story, including his humble beginnings as a southern farm boy, his calling to the ministry, the start of the crusades, his service to America’s leaders, and his later years preaching around the globe. As you read these details of a life dedicated to the cause of Christ, you will be encouraged. Also these stories will inspire anyone who desires to give their life in service to God.
Here’s a fresh look at a contemporary man of God and giant of the faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630472313
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Series: Morgan James Faith Series
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 346,790
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

W. Terry Whalin is a former Editor of Decision, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s magazine. He has had a life-long love of biography and written numerous biographies on people like Chuck Colson, John Perkins, Luis Palau, Samuel Morris, Sojourner Truth with a total of more than 60 books as well as for more than 50 print publications.

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"Every Christian should take time to study the lives of great heroes of the faith-after all, we stand on their shoulders. Billy Graham, a beloved treasure in the kingdom of Christ, is one such saint. If you want to cultivate a passion for souls, get to know Mr. Graham in the pages of this book. I promise you'll be blessed!"

-Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

"I've had the honor of knowing both this book's author as well as its subject. Dr. Billy Graham led me to Christ in July of 1973. As I sat in my San Jose
California apartment, Dr. Graham extended an invitation to receive Jesus as savior. The net was thrown, and I was caught. Over the years, I've been privileged to know and serve with Dr. Graham. He is a man of exceptional humility and spiritual power.

In Terry Whalin's book, we glimpse Billy Graham the man as well as his ministry. These fifteen short but informative chapters paint a proper portrait of this extraordinary man of God. Terry's strength is his ability to capture Billy's life with poignant stories and providential incidences. I recommend the book and pray God would raise up more men and women dedicated to proclaiming the good news found in the Christ that Graham preached."

-Skip Heitzig, Pastor, Calvary Albuquerque

"Our polarized, divided world dearly misses the spirit of grace that Billy Graham brought to the world. I'm very glad Terry Whalin has written a biography that introduces him anew."

-Philip Yancey, bestselling author of What's So Amazing About Grace?"

"Terry Whalin's love and respect for Billy Graham shows clearly in this riveting work. Yes, this is a story of one man's life and the team who supported him. It also clearly gives credit to the power of God's Spirit on whom Billy Graham relied to accomplish everything from Christianity Today, Conferences for Evangelists, a superb television and media ministry, to the remarkable Crusades around the world. I highly recommend this book, a book you will not want to put down. It will be a blessing to all who travel through its pages."

-Tom Phillips, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Vice President, Billy Graham Library

"My great grandmother saw Billy Graham preaching, I've always heard it was on the steps of the courthouse in Georgetown TX, and she turned to my grandmother and said, "You just watch. That young man is going to change the world for Christ." It's been a part of our family lore ever since then.
Reading through the book, trying to pinpoint the time frame of that story, I think it must have been when Billy took that swing through Texas down to San
Antonio in 1950. Hard to believe, that would have been 64 years ago, and look what has happened since then.

Well written and succinct, Billy Graham is an honest look at the man and his calling, his struggles to stay humble in the limelight, the difficulty of separation from his family, and his constant calling on God for the next step."

-Deborah Bedford, bestselling author of His Other Wife and, with Joyce Meyer, The Penny and Any Minute

Working with the Rev. Billy Graham on his memoir, Just As I Am, remains the highlight of my career. The story of the dairy farm boy who became the world's greatest evangelist and spiritual confidant to heads of state never grows old. In America's Greatest Evangelist, veteran author Terry Whalin offers a quick reading account of Mr. Graham's life, jam packed with anecdotes that bring him to life on the page. It's a fun and interesting read that promises to inspire and challenge you in your walk of faith.

-Jerry B. Jenkins, Novelist & Biographer

"Nothing will be more encouraging in your Christian life than to discover the sovereign work of God in the life of Billy Graham! Billy's story is your story and my story…what happens when the hand of God touches your life and leads you in the steps He has ordained for you! Every chapter reveals new vistas of God's grace in one life."

-Glenna Salsbury, Author of Heavenly Treasures and The Art of the Fresh Start

"It has been my privilege to serve as a Crusade Associate and as a vice chairman of three of Billy Graham's crusades over the years. My life has been deeply blessed and impacted by his ministry. I pray that this biography written by my friend, Terry Whalin, will be a great encouragement and inspiration to you in your service for God."

-Paul Cedar, Chairman and CEO of Mission America

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Billy Graham: A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Alice444 More than 1 year ago
This is a well written close up look at one of the most influential Christians of the last fifty years.  I highly recommend as an enjoyable read and a resource.  A lot of information compellingly presented.
R_E_J_Burke More than 1 year ago
I read this on Kindle. Read it through in an evening and following afternoon. Crisp style--works for me in biography of well-known person. Lots of vignettes I had not known about.
DHP22 More than 1 year ago
W.Terry Whalin's writing at its best—clear and concise. Terry has the instinct of a reporter in the way he gives us "just the facts," but they are displayed in a careful manner so the reader makes his own inferences. Terry doesn't have to say Billy Graham has integrity. He shows us the struggle in Graham's heart as he assumed leadership of an institution of higher learning amidst a wearying speaking schedule. Listening to a mentor's wish . . . Could he do both justice? Years on the road made an impact on Graham's family and himself— "...he felt that something during the New York crusade went out of him that he never fully recovered." Graham's crusades had a larger effect than initially apparent. Michael Cassidy from the South Africa started an African evangelistic effort as a result of the New York crusades. He never altered the gospel message but did sharpen it. He centered on ". . .Christ's sacrificial death for our sins on he Cross and His resurrection from the dead for our salvation" Both have power and importance. The passing of the baton is well documented and flourishes through his children and grandchildren. Terry Whalin brings a timely read about the man who continues to shape our world through them and the people in the crusades (like me).
Bob_Kelly More than 1 year ago
I've been a big fan of Billy Graham's for many years. An earlier biography (1966) had a large impact on my life. In this new and inspiring bio, Terry Whalin tells story upon story that gives us an even clearer picture of this great evangelist, and of his unswerving commitment to his Lord and Savior. .
JudithC1 More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Terry Whalin for providing more insights to this fascinating evangelist. The book is well written and relatively short for those with busy lives, but still want an overview of Graham's life. I was especially interested in the chapter about his relationship with United States presidents. It's touching that Graham prayed for Obama, and then Obama prayed for him! Get this book.
Chingaling More than 1 year ago
Terry Whalin invites you into the life of Billy Frank. An energetic boy as a child, who's energy is much needed later in life as he travels the world in obedience to God. The heart and life of Billy Graham is captured in the pages of this book, through stories of faith, prayer and total dependence on God; Terry not only gives insight to Mr. Grahams personal life but also his steadfast life before Presidents, dignitaries and seekers of Jesus. My faith was strengthened and my desire to follow Christ with more diligence was increased by reading this book. I thought I was reading a current day book of Acts. Mr. Grahams life is a testimony to a life sold out to obeying God.
VeronicaJonesBrown More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of biographies and an admirer of Billy Graham, his contributions to the Kingdom and his zealous work for God, read this book. It “capture[s] the key turning points in Billy Graham’s life.” Becoming aware of how God ordered Billy Graham’s steps was perhaps the most valuable insight I gained from the book. Becoming better acquainted with Bill Frank, the man, who loved God, milked cows, revered hard work, and honored and obeyed his parents made the reading enjoyable and every bit worth the time, effort and energy. Terry Whalin’s clear and concise writing style will lead you to a greater familiarity with the major components of Billy Graham’s evangelist beginnings and the formation of his ministry. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free e-book for review. I was not required to post a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I've attempted to present an objective review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <[...]> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
keithmd More than 1 year ago
I grew up on a farm and found Terry Whalin's account of Graham's early life nostalgic and captivating. The evangelist became human. Whalin provides intimate details throughout his subject's life, from how many cows he had to milk on the farm; how he loved sports, sometimes at the expense of his studies; how he met key individuals and heeded their advise; how God brought Ruth into his life; how he influenced not only the poor and humble, but the rich and famous. I highly recommend this biography.
AnitaCLee More than 1 year ago
I grew up in a household where Billy Graham was loved and honored. Reading W. Terry Whalin's biography of the great evangelist reminded me of those days--watching a crusade on television, learning to play the piano in "revival" style, listening to LPs of George Beverly Shea. Yet there are so many details of Graham's life in this book that I didn't know about previously. It was such a joy to learn more about this giant of the faith. Terry, thank you for giving us these details of his life. 
Catherine02 More than 1 year ago
 With fascinating anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information, Terry Whalin weaves an intimate picture of this man whose ministry has changed lives around the world. In Whalin’s concise and lively biography, we see the highlights of Billy Graham’s life, learn about some of his struggles, watch him handle worldwide attention with humility and grace. Whalin knows how to tell a story and this one will stay with you.
JanetAnnCollins1 More than 1 year ago
There are lots of biographies of this famous man, but this wine is short and easy to read. Yet it includes all the important things about Graham's life from his childhood to the present. It's definitely worth reading.
Jeff61 More than 1 year ago
W. Terry Walin’s Billy Graham, A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist is a very readable collection of stories about Dr. Graham’s life, from his youngest years to the present. Included are stories of his meeting his wife-to-be, Ruth Bell, his earliest Crusades, and how his organization grew to be one of the most influential groups in modern day Evangelicalism. I highly recommend it. Jeff K.
KalSal More than 1 year ago
This book was fascinating and well-paced. I enjoyed little details that W. Terry Whalin captured about Billy Graham’s childhood and journey. Laying out Billy Graham’s personal story in parallel with the broad impact of his ministry on the world was a great blend. Terry does a nice job of showing what a powerful impact God can make through one individual. One little boy grew into one great man who has always deflected any praise to God who made it happen. The book was a great reminder of Billy Graham crusades – both their size and impact. I particularly enjoyed the stories of Billy’s impact on many US presidents and world leaders. I recommend this book to anyone as a great reminder of the importance of evangelism.
coachbru More than 1 year ago
A delightful read. My biggest takeaway: Great leaders leave a huge legacy by training other leaders. I was fascinated by the information on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, how it started, grew and expanded his influence worldwide. Highly recommend you invest in this book.
Phillip Sneller 7 days ago
Billy Graham lived and preached with a laser-focus on Christ and His cross. In this biography Terry Whalin explains, in page-turning fashion, how God used that unwavering focus to keep Billy Graham close to Himself, to draw unnumbered others to saving faith in Jesus Christ, and to serve as an example to all what it looks like when one lives in unconditional surrender to God’s will. This book is a worthy addition to your library, and one you will want to share.
Anonymous 16 days ago
An Inspiring Read I enjoyed reading these stories about the life and ministry of America's Greatest Evangelist, Billy Graham. From a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Caroline to the friend and pastor to American Presidents, Billy Graham touched the world in a way no one will ever repeat. I recommend this well-written biography
Larry-Brummond 16 days ago
Terry reveals the personal and business side of Billy Graham. This is a quick and easy read with great insight into Billy's emotions and family relationships. I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Mr. Whalin has captured the essence of Billy Graham, showing his devotion to spreading the word of Christ from his earliest days. He has traveled the world preaching evangelism and bringing thousands to accept Christ, ministering to the poorest and to leaders of the world including US presidents. Although his son and grandson have carried on his work, I am a little disappointed in son Franklin who, I recently read, met with Russia's Putin and had unfriendly, unkind things to say about our President Obama. I doubt his father would ever do that. Thanks to the author for sending me this book which I was lucky enough to win.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Some of the best insights into the personality and impact of one of America's spiritual icons. Well worth the read!
Redneck-MBA 22 days ago
We were given a review copy of Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist by the author for the purpose of writing an unbiased review. The book Billy Graham is very well endorsed by many prominent people. That being said, the true measure of a book is not who liked it so much as how it makes you feel when you read it. This book is not a very long book. In fact, it only has 152 pages, but oh how the author uses those pages! Terry Whalin has written about Billy Graham in such a way that it is almost like we are right there seeing and listening to Billy Graham himself. This is one of those books that keeps tears in your eyes. Not from sadness, but from being overwhelmed by all the miracles that made the Billy Graham Crusades so powerful. This biography of Billy Graham is inspirational and emotion driving. Billy Graham has spent his whole life trying to focus the attention on God and not himself, while all along the powers that be have worked to “Puff Graham”. If you don’t understand the term “Puff Graham”, you simply must read this book. When you do, you are sure to have tears in your eyes. We give the book Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist all five stars, two snaps up in a circle, and a bag of chips. It is that good!
Redneck-MBA 22 days ago
We were given a review copy of Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist by the author for the purpose of writing an unbiased review. The book Billy Graham is very well endorsed by many prominent people. That being said, the true measure of a book is not who liked it so much as how it makes you feel when you read it. This book is not a very long book. In fact, it only has 152 pages, but oh how the author uses those pages! Terry Whalin has written about Billy Graham in such a way that it is almost like we are right there seeing and listening to Billy Graham himself. This is one of those books that keeps tears in your eyes. Not from sadness, but from being overwhelmed by all the miracles that made the Billy Graham Crusades so powerful. This biography of Billy Graham is inspirational and emotion driving. Billy Graham has spent his whole life trying to focus the attention on God and not himself, while all along the powers that be have worked to “Puff Graham”. If you don’t understand the term “Puff Graham”, you simply must read this book. When you do, you are sure to have tears in your eyes. We give the book Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist all five stars, two snaps up in a circle, and a bag of chips. It is that good!
Redneck-MBA 22 days ago
We were given a review copy of Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist by the author for the purpose of writing an unbiased review. The book Billy Graham is very well endorsed by many prominent people. That being said, the true measure of a book is not who liked it so much as how it makes you feel when you read it. This book is not a very long book. In fact, it only has 152 pages, but oh how the author uses those pages! Terry Whalin has written about Billy Graham in such a way that it is almost like we are right there seeing and listening to Billy Graham himself. This is one of those books that keeps tears in your eyes. Not from sadness, but from being overwhelmed by all the miracles that made the Billy Graham Crusades so powerful. This biography of Billy Graham is inspirational and emotion driving. Billy Graham has spent his whole life trying to focus the attention on God and not himself, while all along the powers that be have worked to “Puff Graham”. If you don’t understand the term “Puff Graham”, you simply must read this book. When you do, you are sure to have tears in your eyes. We give the book Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist all five stars, two snaps up in a circle, and a bag of chips. It is that good!
Sherry West 11 months ago
Billy Graham, The Golden Age of Evangelism in the Twentieth Century & The American Presidents At 150 pages and a handy 6x9 size, this book is easy to tote along and a lovely, effortless read. Everyone is busy, but it is worth making the short space of time to read this little gem on the life of a great man of Christ. Each chapter is short enough to be easily absorbed in a small space of time, yet just long enough and full of interesting anecdotes and vignettes to leave the reader feeling as if they’ve had a good “meal” of reading. Terry Whalin presents a clearly written, interesting, and informative overview of the life and ministry of Billy Graham. The author presents the person and work Billy Graham through effortlessly flowing prose, a comprehensive-yet-not-overwhelming overview, and at the same time, in-depth picture of how Billy Graham came to be, both as a man of God and as His evangelist- through vignettes which will interest the reader but not bog him/her down. One gets a genuine feel for the golden era of evangelism in the first half of the twentieth century, and more specifically, for the people and practical inner workings of Billy Graham’s crusades and evangelistic association. “He has...had an on-going impact behind the scenes on every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.” - W. Terry Whalin I found Chapter 13 about Mr. Graham’s influence on, and relationship to, the United States Presidents to be of particular interest. Specific anecdotes about Billy Graham’s personal conversations and meetings with these important figures in the history of the United States are quite illuminating for anyone who has been interested in his connection to them - Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. They show the true heart and mind of a humble man of God who was sincerely and deeply concerned for the spiritual well-being of the most influential men of our times. THIS was the real Billy Graham.  ◦
RKinlaw More than 1 year ago
This book entered my life at the most appropriate time, as I am one who struggles from time to time wondering if God could really use someone like me. Through his thorough telling of Billy Graham’s life, Author Whalin has helped me remember the old adage, “It is not our ability that God wants, but our availability.” W. Terry Whalin, beautifully demonstrates Billy Graham’s love for Christ and the fact it was that love which motivated Billy Graham to share the Gospel with whomever, where ever. Whalin does a fantastic job sharing Billy Graham’s life, yet always making sure that Christ is the focus of the story. I found the book very informative and learned so much about Billy Graham and his ministry than I previously knew. All of my life I have pictured Billy Graham as someone so far beyond myself in God’s kingdom, and while Graham truly is a hero of the faith and a mighty warrior for Christ, Whalin makes him real and approachable. Whalin paints pictures with his words allowing the reader to not only read his words but to visually see each scene. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Billy Graham or anyone who is wanting to know more about him. I also recommend it to anyone who is accepting the call into the ministry.
SamEvans More than 1 year ago
Whalin's story-telling pulls the iconic figure of Billy Graham off of the page and transforms him into a courageous flesh and blood human that continually, obediently steps out in faith. These fast-paced anecdotes will keep you turning pages and you'll laugh out loud at the people God places in Graham's path. Don't miss this unique, compelling perspective of American history!