Since gaining prominence in the late 1940s, Billy Graham has been an influential leader in the evangelical Christian movement. Graham is most frequently associated with his crusades as he shared the Gospel to packed audiences at venues across the globe.
Throughout his years in ministry, Graham also has written more than 30 books, and many of them have gone on to become best-sellers. His writings have touched on disparate issues around the themes of Christianity and living a life of faith.
One of Graham’s most influential titles is his candid autobiography, “Just As I Am,” which was described by a Chicago Tribune book reviewer as “disarmingly honest.”
In the book — initially released in 1997 and updated in 2007 — Graham recounts how he attempted to share the healing words of Jesus Christ during such crises as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Oklahoma City bombing and, during his later years of influence, the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Another one of Graham’s influential books is “The Jesus Generation.” The 1971 writing delves into the modern Christian youth culture that came to prominence in the 1940s as Graham began preaching to teenagers and young adults at previously unheard of venues. Graham’s unorthodox style of preaching led to the crusades and were sometimes referred to as the Christian version of Woodstock.
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