America's Pastor

America's Pastor

Billy Graham and the Shaping of A Nation

Book - 2014
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Examines the life of Billy Graham and how he impacted American culture by successfully tapping into broader cultural trends.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780674052185
Branch Call Number: 269.2092 GRAHAM WACKER
Characteristics: 413 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 24, 2015

This reads as an unauthorized biography, although the author did interview Dr Graham several times and relied on the extensive archives about the preacher at the ministry's headquarters as well as Graham's alma mater of Wheaton College. This is a moving account of his rise to the top of the heap of evangelism and what makes him tick. Of note is the discussion of how he avoided "love offerings" that Word of Faith televangelists use to enrich themselves; as well as his political influence and his relationships with mainline Protestants, Catholics and Jews. At the same time, he effectively used the free market to spread the word as much as he could. From his 1949 revival campaign in Los Angeles to his final crusade in Flushing Meadows in 2005, Graham exerted an influence that no one could match and will be very difficult to replicate in the future. A very fine effort, although one's reading is dampened by the knowledge his ministry probably overstated the number of people who were "saved" at his campaigns.


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