Just As I Am

by Billy Graham

Paperback, 1999

Status

Available

Collection

Description

Commemorative edition Hailed as "the world's preacher," Billy Graham enjoyed a career that spanned six decades and his ministry of faith touched the hearts and souls of millions. In Just As I Am, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, Graham reveals his life story in what the Chicago Tribune calls "a disarmingly honest autobiography." With down-to-earth warmth and candor, Graham tells the stories of the events and encounters that helped shape his life. He recounts meetings with presidents, celebrities, and world leaders, including Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth, and the Shah of Iran, and shares his own spiritual journey as he movingly reflects on his personal life and relationships. This is an inspirational and unforgettable portrait that will be treasured by readers everywhere.… (more)

Publication

HarperOne (1999), 776 pages

Awards

Audie Award (Finalist — 1998)
Christian Book Award (Winner — Biography/Autobiography — 1998)

Media reviews

Staunton News Leader (VA)
[Graham] now looks back on an incredible lifetime of personal relationships, whirlwind activity, ministry, leadership, and influence. In a warm, unassuming voice, he shares the stories of his beginning in the church and overwhelming success he has achieved in spreading the Gospel.
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Washington Record-Herald (OH)
Offers personal insights into how one of the nation's most respected men of God had to struggle through family tensions.
Brockton Enterprise (MA)
The time has come for summing up one of the most remarkable evangelistic careers in American religious history.
Decatur Daily (AL)
For the first time, Dr. Graham tells his life story ... In Just As I Am, Graham looks back at it all with down-to-earth warmth and color.
Tampa Tribune & Times (FL)
As he introduces readers to his children and even to the family dogs, he tells of his struggles for balance between the demands of a God-called ministry and the needs of a God-given family.
Newport News (RI)
What readers may find most striking about the autobiography is not the oft-told tales of public events, but the glimpses into the private life of the man, who has consistently over the past four decades, made the list of America's ten most admired men.
St. Paul Pioneer Press
One of the most remarkable evangelistic careers in American religious history ... the ultimate insider's perspective on the mix of religion and White House politics.
Los Angeles Times
An admirable life ... For nearly five decades, Graham has, in his crusades around the globe, given the world what it has often believed to be a glimpse of America ... Graham is characteristically American. But in his openness, his capacity for growth, his artlessness and simple geniality, he has
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also shown the world our best self.
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USA Today
The reader gets a good glimpse of Graham's private life ... [He] is plain-spoken and candid.
Chicago Tribune
A disarmingly honest biography in which Graham stretches out and spins yarn after yarn about growing up in North Carolina just after World War I, barnstorming the country as a red-hot revivalist, touring the world as a senior ambassador for Christianity, and hobnobbing with kings, queens,
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presidents, and the pope along the way.
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New York Times Book Review
Although the high political anecdotes keep one amused throughout this tome, and the story of Graham's life itself is so remarkable, underlying regret propels the book with a sadness that is strangely haunting.

Rating

(78 ratings; 4.1)

User reviews

LibraryThing member salem.colorado
"Billy Graham tells his life story. He looks back at it all with down-to-earth warmth and candor--remembering his dairy farm upbringing, his early preaching experiences, and the overwhelming international response to his public ministry based on his unshakable belief in Christ."
LibraryThing member debs4jc
It takes a while to get through this biography, but then Mr. Graham has done a lot in his eventful life. The book goes through his life chronologically, and it reads as if Mr. Graham was telling stories about what happened during tha time of his life. So often he will throw in a little rememberance
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that is only a couple of paragraphs long. It makes for a real personal feel to the book.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Some chapters were of less interest than others of course, my favorites were the ones in which he described his relationships with political leaders. I highly recommend this book, especially for those interested in famous people and/or religious leaders.
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LibraryThing member OCMCCP
Book description: Hailed as "the world's preacher," Billy Graham has enjoyed a career that has spanned six decades and his ministry of faith has touched the hearts and souls of millions.

In Just As I Am Graham reveals his life story in what the Chicago Tribune calls "a disarmingly honest
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autobiography." Now, in this revised and updated edition, we hear from this "lion in winter" (Time) on his role over the past ten years as America's pastor during our national crisis of the Oklahoma bombing and 9/11; his knighthood; his passing of the torch to his son, Franklin, to head the organization that bears his name; and his commitment to do the Lord's work in the years of his and his wife Ruth's physical decline.
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LibraryThing member salem.colorado
"Billy Graham tells his life story in the book. He looks back at it all with down-to-earth warmth and candor--remembering his dairy farm upbringing, his early preaching experiences, and the overwhelming international response to his public ministry based on his unshakable belief in Christ." We also
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have a cassette recording of this book under the number C/920/Gra,
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