Ruth and Billy Graham: The Legacy of a Couple Hardcover – 7 Jan 2014
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"Hanspeter spent hundreds of hours researching my family. He gathered every book and article ever written about or by my family. He acquired any piece of information he could get his hands on - books, papers, letters, and articles I had never even seen or knew existed. At times I had to laugh because he seemed to know more about me and my family than I did... Hanspeter's focused enthusiasm and obedience to what he felt God called him to do have paid off. This book is the finished product." --Gigi Graham (in her Foreword) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Hanspeter Nüesch, M.A., has held various leadership functions within Campus Crusade for Christ International and has been leading the Swiss ministry for 30 years. His current role is Global Coach for Church Movements. Hanspeter Nüesch presided over six international EXPLO Congresses and facilitated ChristDay Movements in several countries. He is a former editor of the magazine Christliches Zeugnis and member of the Board of the Internet platform Jesus.net. Hanspeter Nüesch pioneered partnership ministries in Cuba, Francophone Africa, Russia, the Himalayas, Japan and North Korea. His life-motto in challenging situations is: Praise God Bless People! He is married to Vreni and lives in Boppelsen, Switzerland. They are parents of four grown-up children and grandparents of four grandchildren. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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A purchase with my 91 year old mother in mind, I am reading it first!
Insightful, and logs the years together, and apart.
Their individual personal faith is depicted.
This book on the Grahams is unique as their stories are told through the core values that shaped and guided their worldwide ministry. Hanspeter Nüesch, who is himself involved in the ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ International, has neatly divided the book into ten chapters, each defined by the values of the Grahams’ ministry - partnership, authenticity, humility, intimacy, focus, integrity, faith, global responsibility, empowerment and grace.
Though I have read and review two of Billy Graham’s last two books, and received physical copies of the same, I have never seen the couple’s wedding pictures. The amazing collection of photos included in the book is a real treat for readers and admirers of Ruth and Billy Graham.
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Reading it, my point of view was an outsider's. Growing up liberal Protestant in Germany, I never was in touch with evangelical circles and evangelists before I came to America as an adult. Over there, I often stumbled upon the name Billy Graham; my curiosity increased the more I learned about him, that's why I read the book.
Nüesch's biography pictures two people who always saw themselves as a unit whose purpose it was to serve God. Even though he was out there on the big stages while she raised the kids, the reader learns Ruth and Billy never assessed his activity as more important than hers.
What stands out about the Grahams? First, they are authentic. Nüesch investigated on how they were as private people, and his conclusion is: They always were the same as in public. Caring, giving, loving. The author collects lots of sources and the testimonies seem very credible.
Second, they are modest and humble. Far from stardom, Ruth and Billy always stayed grounded and never took themselves too seriously. Their aim never was to do anything for themselves but all for God.
Third, they truly enjoy spreading the gospel and they fully live what the bible says about marriage and family.
Despite their positive qualities, Nüesch doesn't put them on a pedestal. Opening the book, I was afraid I'd read about a perfect couple so holy that no one can ever reach their dimensions. Little did I know that Nüesch always pictures Ruth and Billy Graham as humans making mistakes and learning from them like all people do. Therefore the reader won't feel inferior to them but be more encouraged to serve God and spread the gospel.
To me, the book also reveals lots of interesting facts. When prior to the 1974 Lausanne conference, one of the most important evangelist leaders meetings, there were problems with finances, Ruth was the one who encouraged Billy to keep to his plans. Did you know that she, holding a degree in theology, in her bible studies used to compare several bible versions to deeply research the meaning? Her husband and many others appreciated her profound bible knowledge and frequently asked for advice. I am also impressed by Ruth encouraging others to create a bible study corner in their homes.
The chapter about the Holy Spirit, a part of the Trinity pretty much neglected in my religious childhood/youth environment, is the most interesting to me. I love the description of young Billy Graham contacting Stephen Olford because he wants to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Overall, the book makes one learn about two amazing personalities inspiring others and making a huge impact on this world.
I especially appreciated hearing Ruth's story, as she sacrificially lived her life for God's glory with her amazing husband. So many helpful personal stories, as well as hearing in their own words, things they would change. Their humility and godliness shine through!
This is a great read, and I would recommend it to all readers of all ages who want to be challenged, encouraged, and enjoy hearing about these two modern day heroes.
This book was provided to me by Graf Martin Communications, and Baker publishing house, for an honest review.