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Just As I Am: Billy Graham


When the Apostle Peter stood before the religious powers of his day, he was initially dismissed as a bumpkin from Galilee. Uneducated, unsophisticated, and without social standing, Peter was simply a fisherman suffering from delusions of grandeur, religious riff raff, a wannabe who needed to be put in his place. What they did not know was that Peter possessed something that would overcome all his inadequacies and natural limitations. Peter had God and the gospel of Jesus.

Almost a hundred years ago, Billy Graham was born on a small southern dairy farm. As a young man, he felt a call to preach. Like Peter, Billy was uneducated, unsophisticated, and without social standing. His initial ministry looked less than promising. His first church sermon lasted only eight minutes before he sat down, trembling and sweaty. Billy Graham, however, possessed something that would take him from ministerial obscurity to the ends of the earth. Billy Graham had the gospel.

Just As I Am (Harper One/Zondervan, Commemorative Edition) is an autobiographical account of one of the most remarkable ministers to have ever lived. Billy Graham preached the gospel to more people than any other preacher in history. He preached in small towns and capitals, jails and prestigious universities, country churches and sports arenas. He prayed with Winston Churchill and the Queen, shared his testimony with North Korean Kim Il Sung, and offered spiritual solace to President Eisenhower while he was dying. Graham shared the gospel whenever and to whomever he could, for he believed that the message of Jesus could open the heart of anybody.

In many ways, Billy Graham never changed. He remained a simple man with a simple message. Just As I Am is the story of a man persuaded that no person is beyond God’s reach and that Jesus is the Savior of the world.

Darrel Holcombe, Owner
Sanctuary Christian Books and Gifts
Colonial Promenade, Alabaster


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