Title: Billy Graham: Just Get Up Out of Your Seat
Author: Catherine Mackenzie
Summary: Billy was born on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1918 just days after the signing of the armistice that ended the first world war. At the age of sixteen, Billy Graham came to Christ during a Christian revival meeting and it wasn’t long before he felt the call to preach.With the help of his wife Ruth and many other friends and colleagues, Billy Graham set out to preach to the world. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was founded and since that day Billy has preached to over 80 million people in more than 185 countries. Millions more have been reached through television, video, film and webcasts. He has founded newspapers, film companies, magazines and radio ministries. Communism and Apartheid, Segregation and Terrorism – Billy Graham has faced up to all Christianity’s major opponents of the twentieth century. From playing the bail money to get Martin Luther King out of jail to addressing the memorial service in Washington after the collapse of the World Trade Center, Billy Graham has been there for people with practical help and a message of hope that is timeless.
My Thoughts: Having been raised as a Christian, Billy Graham is a name I can’t remember ever not knowing. I have heard mention of him over and over in my life. Despite knowing about his ministry, I knew very little about his life. Billy Graham: Just Get Up Out of Your Seat by Catherine Mackenzie is a great introduction to learning about the man who is Billy Graham. A Christian icon who is known throughout the world, I had no idea how his ministry came to be. I had no idea how clearly God had His hand on this man from the very start.
This is a book meant for young readers. As such, it’s not a very in-depth look at Billy Graham. And, no, I didn’t expect depth. It’s the perfect length for children to get the basics without being bored. It’s written in an easy-to-read format that most young readers shouldn’t have much trouble understanding. As an adult reading this, I found this to be an educational appetizer. I find myself wanting to learn even more about Billy Graham.
The editing in this book wasn’t quite up to my standards, but the minor errors I saw didn’t make the book unreadable. It just made me shake my head in frustration at times. While I think kids won’t have a problem reading through it, I think books written for youngsters should be as close to perfect as possible. Reading is a large contributor to children’s understanding of our language – and how to use it properly. Books with subpar editing aren’t helping kids, who are still in the throes of learning English and all of its nuances.
Source: Received as part of a book review extravaganza promotion with Christian Focus 4 Kids.
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