The Cross and the Switch Blade Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Oct 2007
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From the Back Cover
"Go to New York City and help those boys."
When David Wilkerson heard those words in his heart late one night as he glanced at a picture in Life magazine, he was dumbfounded. The boys in question were members of a violent gang and on trial for murder. He, on the other hand, was a country preacher settled comfortably in a little mountain church in Pennsylvania. What could God possibly expect him to accomplish--in New York City, of all places?
But the thought would not let him go--and his life and the lives of countless despairing teens were changed forever on account of it.
This is the riveting story of the founding of Teen Challenge, an inner-city ministry that today maintains residential and crisis counseling centers around the globe. But even more, it is a story of how the most unlikely people can hear--and follow--God's call to do the impossible.
This 45th anniversary edition includes a brand-new foreword by Charles Colson and two new epilogues celebrating Teen Challenge and reflecting on fifty years of following God's lead.
"David's story will touch your life in a way few books can."--from the foreword by Charles W. Colson
David Wilkerson (1931-2011) was the founder of Teen Challenge and World Challenge and longtime senior pastor of Times Square Church. He authored more than thirty books, including the bestselling "The Cross and the Switchblade" and "Knowing God by Name." He ministered to people worldwide, and on the day of his death, he was still ministering. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Ray Wilkerson (May 19, 1931 - April 27, 2011) was an American Christian evangelist, best known for his book The Cross and the Switchblade. He was the founder of the addiction recovery program Teen Challenge, and founding pastor of the non-denominational Times Square Church in New York. He is survived by his wife and 4 children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Christ tells His followers to love those in need, to feed the poor and to clothe the naked; to give what we have, and never fear about not having enough for ourselves; to bless the people that hate you, to soak their hatred up like a sponge and, in return, give them love. So in the 1960s, David Wilkerson - a small-town preacher - felt led to go to New York, where he went out into the streets and told the gangs about the love of God.
The gangs then were every bit as vicious and hateful and hated as the gangs of today. But, on his own, he spent months and months sleeping in his car so he could be amongst them, loving them. He made no grand gestures - he just kept his word to never leave them, and to love them and hold them even when they threatened his life. It took a long time, but people gradually started coming to Christ. These evil, hateful gang-members - ostensibly soulless in their rage - slowly laid down their hate and accepted new lives as Christians.Read more ›
In the last few years I have bought 10-25 of the Cross and the Switchblade for use in prison work. Young lads will read them and we have reports of some being deeply touched by the fact that God cares for them, no matter what they've done.
An excellent book telling the story of a true man of God. We should all take David's example and follow/seek our call just as courageously!
real people not like the usual crock asking for a quick buck.. God Bless him and Nicky
The book is truley inspiring, a terrific true story, illistrating the power of christian faith.
I recommend it to all.
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One of the most remarkable stories of recent times. Will amaze and cause even the most sceptical reader to stop and think. Worth a read.Published 1 month ago by Chirpy
In depth detailed book fasinating story which up lifts the soul and is a loving sorry about how God is amazing.Published 1 month ago by Charlie
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Brilliant , powerfull story. made me cry throughout reading . what a story. Amen!!!Published 2 months ago by Timothy Sharpe