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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: eChristian; Unabridged edition (30 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596445351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596445352
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,767,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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Christianity is coming under an unprecendented degree of attack these days and, the truth is, I think we've brought some of it on ourselves. There's no condemnation in that - Christians are, for the most part, very loving, and *want* to extend His hand to others - however, we seem to have grown weary and, collectively, we aren't showing the world who Jesus is. I know that if I were to see another Christian write that, my pride would balk at it... but it's the truth. As individuals, we may be doing everything we can; but the church, as a body, is letting people down - both Christians and non-. But David Wilkerson genuinely went out into the world and showed people who Jesus is... and he's still doing it to this day.

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.
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I read it as a teenager, and am now ordering it for my teenage daughter. A gripping book which you won't be able to put down. A normal bloke gripped by the love of God has a big impact on youths caught up in gangs. And it's a fantastically written story too. And it's true!
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This book really inspired and motivated me. It is full of testimonies of teenagers caught up in the drugs and violence of the gangs of new york and how they were saved from it all by the love of Christ and the faith, belief and perseverance of David Wilkerson and his team. It is very insightful into the things that go on within the gangs and certainly made me wonder what I could do to be a part of it, but also realise how difficult a task it is!
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I first read this book, probably when I was about 15, since then I have re-read it a few times, along with Run Baby Run, and more recently Soul Obsession.

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!
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hi i read this book when i was 16 iam 39 now through my ups and downs with christian faith this book and nickys run baby run have stayed with me....one word discribes David and Nicky integrity...
real people not like the usual crock asking for a quick buck.. God Bless him and Nicky
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I was recommended this book by my husband who read the book over 10 years ago as a teenager.

The book is truley inspiring, a terrific true story, illistrating the power of christian faith.

I recommend it to all.
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I gave this book to a drug addict some ten years ago-today he is a minister in his local church. One of the most powerfull books available today to help to bring people to knowledge of the Lord. I highly reccomend it...........Gerald
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Already much reviewed and such a powerful account: I bought this book in 1963 when it came out. I found it to be a fascinating tale of the culture clash between the middle class priest (David Wilkerson, 1931-2011) from a comfortable background and the New York gangs he first encountered in 1958. The fact that he found the way in - they let him penetrate their culture - and his subsequent work developing the Teen Challenge charity is modestly related. One of his best known converts is Nicky Cruz and it's worth looking up his remembering his mentor in an interview that's on line. I bought this copy because I can't find my original and unfortunately, it's not quite as advertised, being a special student edition. I don't know if that means it's edited or redacted in some way, but I could not find the passage I was looking for. That may be because although I read this several times that was a long time ago. Books from yesteryear that 'remain' in print sometimes get reworked in a bid to keep up with the moving goalposts of political correctness. I noticed, on re-reading the 'famous five' stories that certain words are no longer used. I won't put an example here just in case; my review of 'Prester John' pointed out the use of three pejoratives on one page and got 'disappeared' by Amazon because I quoted them. If I find my original cross and switchblade - or someone else's - I'll read it carefully to see. If you're not familiar with this work yet, it's worth reading if only because it so neatly tells of the time in which it was both acted out and written - all before JFK's untimely death and the changes that brought to America.
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