Rebel with a Cause

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Thomas Nelson, Incorporated, 1995 - Social Science - 314 pages
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Franklin recalls childhood memories that are both happy and tainted. There are the warm memories of hunting and exploring with his father in the mountains around their home. But there are also the memories of the death threats targeting his father and the endless tourists who would peek in the windows of his family's house to get a glimpse of life in the Billy Graham household. By the time Franklin was a young man, he was running from God and from the public's high expectations of him as the oldest son of the best-known preacher of our time. His teen and young-adult years were marred by smoking, drinking, fighting, confrontations with the police, and eventually, expulsion from college. But finally, one night in a Middle East hotel room, God caught up with Franklin, and Graham's daredevil, destructive life was from that point forward transformed into a creative, God-glorifying adventure. God instilled in Franklin a passion for the suffering and oppressed peoples of the world. Just six years after that hotel-room encounter with God, he was named president of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism organization that meets emergency needs around the world. In thrilling narrative after narrative, Rebel with a Cause recounts Franklin Graham's often dangerous adventures as a worldwide emissary of Christ's compassion: opening a medical clinic and orphanage in war-torn Rwanda; setting up a shelter in Croatia for Bosnian girls raped by enemy soldiers and now pregnant; organizing and training a chaplain's corps for the Nicaraguan Contra army; and reaching out to Muslim Saudi Arabians with "Operation Desert Save" during the Gulf War.

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"Being the child of a well-known person brings a unique set of problems. Fame, however, hasn't much to do with the powerful message here. Franklin gives an honest account of how he overcame those problems. This is a book that every parent should read." -- Johnny Cash "Rebel With A Cause" written by Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham and President of Samaritan's Purse. The book could have easily been entitled as the author did for its last chapter, "Finally Comfortable Being Graham." The author shared his struggles and his parents' godly wisdom and patience toward him....and in his own words, "I wrote this book about my life, not because I think there is anything particularly special about it, but because I wanted people to understand how God can use anyone's life to accomplish His purposes." 

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I like reading autobiographies. I was not sure if I would like this one and I was nicely surprised. I learned about the different things he went through. I think this is a must read book. Read full review


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