Posted by: rcwriter | February 23, 2009

“Billy”–My Review


William Paul McKay & Ken Abraham

Thomas Nelson (2008)

Billy is the story of a young Billy Graham. Told from the point of view of Charles Templeton, it covers Mr. Graham’s humble beginnings on a dairy farm in North Carolina to the launch of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

I found this book insightful. Watching the greatest evangelist of the 20th century develop was heartwarming and endearing. Seeing the path his friendship with Charles Templeton took was heartbreaking. My eyes were opened to how easily anyone can lose sight of God’s will. Hearing Charles Templeton tell this story made me wonder about Billy Graham’s side of the story.

Although I did enjoy this book, I still have some misgivings. The book is wonderfully written. I had no trouble keeping the recollections and present day dialogue separated. Settings are easy to see with the mind’s eye, and secondary characters never outshine the true purpose of the book. On the other hand, I think this would have been more aptly named Charles, or Charles & Billy. So much of the story focused on Charles Templeton’s jealousy and rivalry with Billy Graham. Mr. Templeton’s personal story was more compelling, and more heart wrenching. Having him tell the story of a young Billy Graham before they met, made me question mental accuracies and personal interpretations. I am encouraged to seek out auto-biographies of both men for a more clear picture and understanding of their lives.

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Product Details:

List Price: $19.99

Hardcover: 264 Pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (2008)

Language: English

IBSN: 978-0-8499-2067-7



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