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Amazing Faith Paperback – 16 Oct 2001
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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.
High Acclaim for the Man behind Amazing Faith:
The Authorized Biography of Bill Bright
"No movement of our time is likely to have a more healthy impact upon the life of our nation than the movement founded and headed by Bill Bright."
Religion Editor, The Los Angeles Times
"He has reached people in a depth and number matched by few in history--He brings great power to his message because he 'walks his talk.' "
George H. Gallup, Jr., The Gallup International Institute
"There is no one else I know in this world who has lived the Spirit-filled life so consistently while maintaining a high level of humility."
Tom Landry, former coach of the Dallas Cowboys
"Bill has always resisted the temptation to use the influence he has gained through his ministry for political or pecuniary gain. His first concern has always been his burden for
Ralph Reed, former executive director, The Christian Coalition
"He has never sought to receive praise for himself. He is one of the most humble men we know--his heart and motives have always been to lift up Christ, and God has used him mightily."
Charles M. Duke, Jr., Apollo 16 Astronaut,
Retired Brigadier General,
United States Air Force
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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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