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America's Pastor

Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation

Author Grant Wacker
Narrator Bob Souer
Runtime 12.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date January 30, 2015
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During a career spanning sixty years, the Reverend Billy Graham’s resonant voice and chiseled profile entered the living rooms of millions of Americans with a message that called for personal transformation through God’s grace. How did a lanky farm kid from North Carolina become an evangelist hailed by the media as “America’s pastor”? Why did listeners young and old pour out their grief and loneliness in letters to a man they knew only through televised “Crusades” in faraway places like Madison Square Garden? More than a conventional biography, Grant Wacker’s interpretive study deepens our understanding of why Billy Graham has mattered so much to so many.

Beginning with tent revivals in the 1940s, Graham transformed his born-again theology into a moral vocabulary capturing the fears and aspirations of average Americans. He possessed an uncanny ability to appropriate trends in the wider culture and engaged boldly with the most significant developments of his time, from communism and nuclear threat to poverty and civil rights. The enduring meaning of his career, in Wacker’s analysis, lies at the intersection of Graham’s own creative agency and the forces shaping modern America.

Wacker paints a richly textured portrait: a self-deprecating servant of God and self-promoting media mogul, a simple family man and confidant of presidents, a plainspoken preacher and the “Protestant pope.” America’s Pastor reveals how this Southern fundamentalist grew, fitfully, into a capacious figure at the center of spiritual life for millions of Christians around the world.
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During a career spanning sixty years, the Reverend Billy Graham’s resonant voice and chiseled profile entered the living rooms of millions of Americans with a message that called for personal transformation through God’s grace. How did a lanky farm kid from North Carolina become an evangelist hailed by the media as “America’s pastor”? Why did listeners young and old pour out their grief and loneliness in letters to a man they knew only through televised “Crusades” in faraway places like Madison Square Garden? More than a conventional biography, Grant Wacker’s interpretive study deepens our understanding of why Billy Graham has mattered so much to so many.

Beginning with tent revivals in the 1940s, Graham transformed his born-again theology into a moral vocabulary capturing the fears and aspirations of average Americans. He possessed an uncanny ability to appropriate trends in the wider culture and engaged boldly with the most significant developments of his time, from communism and nuclear threat to poverty and civil rights. The enduring meaning of his career, in Wacker’s analysis, lies at the intersection of Graham’s own creative agency and the forces shaping modern America.

Wacker paints a richly textured portrait: a self-deprecating servant of God and self-promoting media mogul, a simple family man and confidant of presidents, a plainspoken preacher and the “Protestant pope.” America’s Pastor reveals how this Southern fundamentalist grew, fitfully, into a capacious figure at the center of spiritual life for millions of Christians around the world.

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great book, hard terminologies.
great bio, shows that he was very human, but he loved to preach the gospel. A little abstract due to the use of hard terminologies. Had to consult the dictionary on a number of occassions
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Review by / (Posted on 2/6/2017)
boring with some parts worthwhile
Terribly boring. I could not wait for it to be over. A lot of the book consists of: This pundit said this about Billy Graham, and this pundit said that, and this magazine said this, without any insightful opinion by the author. There are 3 worthwhile sections: 1) Billy Graham and race relations including his relationship with Martin Luther King 2) the short section of letters from children to Graham 3) the short description of Wacker's personal visits to Graham. I think these were the only parts Wacker enjoyed writing. My recommendation is to just listen to these 3 parts and spare yourself the monotony of listening to the rest.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/6/2017)
Comprehensive
This book was scholarly but warm, and well read. It was very comprehensive, in my opinion - felt like three or four books' work. This is my first book review here - just had to stop and share of its merits.
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