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The Cross and the Switchblade

Author David Wilkerson and John & Elizabeth Sherrill
Narrator Paul Michael
Runtime 7 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio Hovel
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Release Date August 14, 2007
Availability: Unrestricted (available worldwide)
The astonishing true story of Wilkerson's outreach to New York teens trapped by drugs and gangs.
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The astonishing true story of Wilkerson's outreach to New York teens trapped by drugs and gangs.

Gang-fighters! Drug addicts! Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God's love. This is one of the century's great true stories.

Over 50 million copies in print!

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It inspires me to get more connected with my own community to share about Jesus with them through my daily life.
Review by / (Posted on 10/24/2015)
A real encouragement to walk in faith, even if we don't know where it's taking us.
Review by / (Posted on 6/17/2015)
pretty good
Some of the references were dates, but it was a classic.
Review by / (Posted on 4/25/2015)
Love this old account of beginning of Teen challenge
This book has been around for many years. It encouraged my heart how God took a man looking for God's leading and drew him to a great need then provide all that Wilkerson need to do so much!
I was very stuck with how these drug addict kids with no options were miraculously transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit to be totally set free from that which man gives little hope to be free from. Dave Wilkerson in his obedience made a place for kids to be drawn to and be in a place for this life transformation to happen to so many who had not hope. It will stay with me forever.
Review by / (Posted on 5/19/2014)
Excellent present day Acts true story
I praise God for this book. It was just like reading a section out of Acts! I loved hearing all the ways the Holy Spirit opened doors to bring the healing power of Jesus. Brought tears and praise and excitement for the work of the Lord.
Review by / (Posted on 5/14/2014)
Great book!
The book is the true story of how God used a normal country preacher to start a movement that reached out to toughest drug-atticted, gang-fighting street kids in New York, and then spread to many countries across the world.

This very inspiring and God glorifying story is a "must read" for anyone leading a ministry of any kind (and the wives or husbands).

I have had a copy of this book sitting on my bookshelf for at least 20 years without touching it - don't make the same mistake I did - grab your self a copy and read it now and have your faith in the power and faithfullness of God boosted!!

Review by / (Posted on 2/23/2014)
Love It!
Excellent Book, another fine example of how awesome our God is.
Review by / (Posted on 1/21/2014)
Great Story but a long one!
I enjoyed the story immensely. It was written a few decades ago, but it is has very compelling application to today. It takes a while to get through the whole story (which is a true story). I guess in todays consumer based society, we expect to consume them quicker. It did keep me engaged and I had no trouble being motivated to continue.
Review by / (Posted on 12/27/2013)
Another fantastic missionary book!
I thought this book would be about one gang member's conversion. Instead, it was about God opening his doors to the streets and slums of New York! Excellent book!
Review by / (Posted on 12/17/2013)
A very inspiring story of the unique and powerful work of God in New York City and the establishment of Teen Challenge. It's a story of many changed lives.
Review by / (Posted on 11/22/2013)
Very visual and informative.
Review by / (Posted on 10/21/2013)
what happens when someone trusts God!
Review by / (Posted on 10/12/2013)
It was a fantastic book, and inspired me greatly!
Review by / (Posted on 10/2/2013)
Excellent book very inspirational and challenging.
Review by / (Posted on 9/27/2013)
Very good book
I'd read it before, and I think the audio was even better. The story is great and the narrator did a great job as well.
Review by / (Posted on 9/26/2013)
I had read this as a teenager I really like it
I love this book
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Review by / (Posted on 9/19/2013)
Excellent, excellent book. Highly recommended!
Review by / (Posted on 9/16/2013)
amazing book
The book is amazing! For adults and for youth.
Review by / (Posted on 9/7/2013)
Excellent! A must hear.
Fabulous testimony of God the Holy Spirit at work; and the creation of what is to this day an access of transformation for teens all over the nation. I am a Combined Agent and never have I felt so proud of representing a company as I do right now, just having finished it. Amen.
Review by / (Posted on 9/6/2013)
Review by / (Posted on 9/3/2013)
Great Encouragement
A great story which translates into a great audio book. Highly recommended.
Riveting story which had me captivated from the start. Its amazing what one man can do if his ears are tuned to God's spirit. Testimony of great faith and a real encouragement.
Review by / (Posted on 5/6/2012)
Paul Michael recounts the lives of...
Paul Michael recounts the lives of teenage gangs in New York City in the '60s. He has just the right amount of drama and inflection in his voice as he characterizes street kids who are addicted to drugs and crime. This is the true story of David Wilkerson, an Assemblies of God preacher who left a little country church to go to the streets of New York. There he faces life-threatening situations and hears heart-wrenching stories as he seeks to bring change into the lives of these kids through faith in God. The book tells the story of the beginning of Teen Challenge, a thriving ministry today. Paul Michael does an excellent job creating a believable drama of God's work through the vision of just one man. N.L. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
Review by / (Posted on 6/11/2008)