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Amazing Faith: The Authorized Biography of Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ [Paperback]

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Oct 2001
The Amazing Story of One Faithful Man...One Extraordinary Vision... One Unstoppable Movement.
        An unforgettable chronicle of courage, determination, faith, and humility, Amazing Faith is the exclusive and inspiring account of how Dr. Bill Bright, founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, stepped out in simple, unwavering obedience to God. Readers will delight in the extraordinary story of how an obedient Oklahoman left the ranch at God's urging, and how that obedience opened the door to reaching literally millions of lives with the message of Christ's love and the coming Kingdom.
        From Bright's formative years in the Midwest to the lonely struggles and all-too-human foibles of his early ministry...the founding of the unparalleled Campus Crusade movement to the explosive global outreaches of the new millennium...this authorized, behind-the-scenes biography leaves no stone unturned in its examination of a humble life remarkably used by God-a life which, by God's power, has made an impact on three billion souls.
Written by a retired investigative reporter who has closely followed the life and ministry of Dr. Bright for more than a decade, and with a foreword by Dr. Billy Graham, Amazing Faith uncovers the calling, the passion, the strategic thinking, the sacrifice, and the astounding impact of one man committed to bold evangelism, disciple-ship, and the fulfillment of the Great Commission in his lifetime.

"He's just the kind of man I had in mind when I started the program twenty-five years ago because he's an example to everybody of all religions that it's possible to have progress in religion." -Sir John Templeton, founder of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, which Dr. Bill Bright was awarded in 1996. He donated the $1 million honorarium to support a national movement of prayer and fasting.
     

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Near the beginning of Amazing Faith: The Authorized Biography of Bill Bright, author Michael Richardson writes about Bright's founding of Campus Crusade for Christ, one of the largest Christian organizations in the world. Richardson quotes Bright as saying, "I'm often asked if I'm surprised at the remarkable growth and size of Campus Crusade for Christ. My answer: No, I am not surprised, for the vision God gave that midnight hour in the spring of 1951 was of such great magnitude--far greater than anything we have yet experienced. The best is yet before us." Bright's single-minded commitment to evangelism fills every detail of his days--he even signs his letters "Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation." And Amazing Faith is an intimate, easy-to-read account of Bright's extremely popular ministry. Most chapters are less than five pages long, and they are written in a style that is straightforward and down to earth. The biographer had excellent access to Bright's friendships with Christian leaders such as Billy Graham, his home life and his relationship with his wife Vonette, and all the highlights of his career (including winning the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1996). His biographer, in return, has given Bright--and readers--a comprehensive, entertaining, and inspiring book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Reading For Future World Changers 5 April 2000
By C. Wayne Bristow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
AMAZING FAITH is the story of a visionary who discovered the secret to seeing dreams come true. While many modern biographies are being written too soon about people who have contributed too little, here is practical encouragement for any young person who desires to discover the outer limits of his or her potential. The list of Bright's 77 important decisions is worth the price of the book. Mike Richardson did not wear kid gloves when dealing with the facts surrounding a small man with a God-sized plan. Because of this, many young readers will be able to say, "With the same commitment, why not me?" Because of this, AMAZING FAITH has the potential of igniting the fires of a spiritual revolution. This one is too good to keep to yourself. Read it and pass it on. END
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Every Christian Should Read 6 May 2001
By LMS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I recently recieved this book as a gift from the Campus Crusade for Christ staff members on my campus, as a gradution/going away present. I had seen this book at the Christian bookstores, but had never read it myself. I couldn't wait to get back to my room, so I could start reading it. I was up until almost 2 AM because this is one of those books where there is no such thing as a good place to stop.
before reading this book, I didn't know much of anything about Bill Bright. I was also curious about how Campus Crusade for Christ got started.
This book gave me a new respect for Bill Bright. The biography, Michael Richards was brutally honest. He didn't sugarcoat Bill Bright's weaknesses and shortcomings or portray him as some kind of a super hero. But as I read, I was amazed and humbled by Bill Bright's faith, love for the Lord and also his humility and integrity.
I was challenged and inspired by this book. I think that every Christian, regardless of whether they are involved with Campus Crusade for Christ or not, should read this book. If you do, you won't be sorry.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Faith: Authorized Biography of Bill Bright 15 July 2002
By Maryann Stuart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Amazing, on-fire reading about what God has done with people who let Him have His way in their lives. You can't read this story without thinking about your own choices in life!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He dared to believe God for great things 21 May 2005
By Paulito - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Here is a man God has greatly used to spread the good news of forgiveness and new life in Christ. Richardson does a great job of presenting his life in a most interesting and readable way.

Even though most of us are neither called nor gifted to do what Bill Bright did, reading about his life with an open heart can challenge us to rise above a life of mediocrity to be used by God within our own sphere of influence.

For any still wondering about Christianity, reading about what made this man tick, and the "4 Spiritual Laws," can help you understand Bill's "transferable concepts" idea; he had a gift for putting everything into simple steps that can be passed easily from one person to another.

I believe it was Appendix "F" that prints out the "4 Spiritual Laws;" it is actually good to read that first; it's at the heart of everything Bill did in his Chistian life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A story worth telling is worth telling well 1 Jun 2006
By Larry - Published on Amazon.com
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Bill Bright was a man of God, taking God at His word and pouring himself into ministry. His story is truly one of amazing faith, and his record of visionary leadership in the Evangelical Christian world is unparalleled: founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, first to use satellite video as an evangelistic tool, mover behind the Jesus Film. This is a man whom I wanted to get to know better, and I was able to do that through this book. Bill Bright allowed God to do incredible things through him--and I wanted to find out how and why.

Unfortunately, what should be an inspirational story gets lost in a myriad of irrelevant details and poor writing style of the author. Obviously enthralled by Dr. Bright, the author at times unnecessarily defends him, rather than just letting the story stand on its own. The style is almost autobiographical, except it was written by someone else in the third person, who then utilized extensive quotes from the participants--it just bogged it down. Frankly, this is the most poorly written book I've ever finished reading, which speaks of how much I wanted to get to know Bill Bright.

The gem was near the end, when the author documents a day spent with Dr. Bright. It played to the author's journalistic training, and I was able to catch that glimpse I was looking for. That was worth slogging through the rest to get to.

The bottom line: if you want to learn about the life of Bill Bright, this is your only option, and that's too bad. Someone should really take another stab at his biography. He deserves better, and we could all use it.
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